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Another pretty static week in the SoB poll with just one new team in, Oregon, at the expense of LSU. Oregon needed double overtime to beat Arizona, but the win sets up this weekend’s ‘Civil War’ with Oregon State as a de facto Pac-10 Championship Game. LSU almost completed a comeback win against Mississippi, but bungled time management and their third loss drops them from the poll. Florida remains at the top as the top seven spots remained unchanged, but the six of us all had the same ten teams comprising our ballots.
Pollsters are SoB’s Andrew, Brian, Erikk, KC, Mike, and MikeBBonner and comments were gathered with the votes. The ballots are available.
|1||Florida (4)||57||1||Mike says, ‘Florida State should not even be on the same field as Florida, but a loss now eliminates them from National Championship contention.’|
|2||Alabama (1)||54||2||Erikk says, ‘Alabama controls their own BCS destiny. If they trip up against Alabama this weekend, it won’t matter if they can beat Florida in the SEC Championship.’|
|3||Texas (1)||51||3||KC says, ‘See you in the BCS Title Game!’|
|4||TCU||42||4||Erikk says, ‘TCU is the best team in the country that hails from a mid-major conference. With their best start in 71 years, they’ll certainly be playing in January.’|
|5||Cincinnati||34||6||Mike says, ‘Bearcats cannot look past Illinois with Pittsburgh looming, likely for the Big East Title.’|
|6||Boise State||28||5||KC says, ‘Get a better schedule next year.’|
|7||Georgia Tech||23||7||Mike says, ‘Early loss makes for big what if scenario.’|
|8 (tie)||Oregon||15||–||Erikk says, ‘It took two overtimes, but the Ducks finally won against Arizona. A win against Oregon State this Sunday guarantees a Rose Bowl matchup against Ohio State.’|
|8 (tie)||Pittsburgh||15||9||Mike says, ‘With Notre Dame out of the Gator Bowl picture, Big East runner up has a safety net.’|
|10||Ohio State||11||10||KC says, ‘Buckeyes will be in the Top 5 next year.’|
Dropped from rankings: LSU 8