I am a voter for TBDPITL (The Best Damn Poll In The Land), which is located here. You can go there to view the overall poll. There are around 100 total voters. All ballots from each voter are public and can be viewed each week on the site.
This is my week two top 25 ballot. Feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comments section below, but please keep it respectful.
Now, here we go.
First off, let me start with the teams that are close, but didn't quite make the cut this week.
Many of these teams could move into my top 25, sooner rather than later.
West Virginia Mountaineers
North Carolina Tarheels
The Canes had a bye week after their huge win over the Seminoles last Monday night. Jacory Harris is a star in-the-making and the Hurricanes are loaded with tons of young talent and a good coach in Randy Shannon.
I thought about dropping them since they had a bye, but with their brutal schedule (next three games: Georgia, Va Tech, Oklahoma), this will very likely be the last week for them as a ranked team in 2009.
Originally I had the Northwestern Wildcats ranked in this slot.
The last I saw, Northwestern was winning their game over EMU in the fourth quarter by 14 points. I assumed the rout was on and the game was over, and I ranked NW at No. 24 when I submitted my ballot.
I didn't see the final score until afterwards. Northwestern nearly lost to Eastern Michigan and had I known that, they would not have made the poll. So even though I ranked them on my TBDPITL ballot which can't be changed until week three, I'm hereby changing my No. 24 ranking from NW, to Houston.
The Cougars dazzled the nation last week, pulling off the biggest upset to date over Oklahoma State. This week they host Texas Tech. Talk about a potential shootout. If Houston wins that game, they're easily heading for the my top 15, or higher.
The Utes moved into my top 25 last week after a handful of ugly performances and a few upsets. They are now 2-0, but they have not looked great in either win over teams that most top 25 teams would roll over.
Last week, they only beat SJSU by 10, a team that USC buried 56-3 the week before. They stay here for now, but if they don't show more in the next couple of weeks, win or lose, they will probably drop from the rankings.
I almost dropped them this week and maybe I should have in favor of Houston. Hindsight is 20/20.
OK, so this is not easy to say as a Buckeye fan, but I do try to be objective, sometimes.
Tate Forcier has looked very very good in his first two games. I didn't take much away from the WMU game, but I fully expected Notre Dame to blast the Wolverines last week, and I was wrong. Michigan's defense still needs a lot of improvement, but RichRod has the offense looking good and Forcier looks legit as of right now.
I previously had UM un-ranked, but they make the top 25 this week after a solid win over the then—No. 17 Fighting Irish.
There is no team that has been a bigger disappointment so far this season than the Cowboys.
Even with their three-pronged attack of QB Zac Robinson, WR Dez Bryant, and RB Kendall Hunter, OK State was anything but "OK" as they were upset 45-35 in Stillwater, by Case Keenum and the Houston Cougars of Conference-USA.
I had them at No. 4 this past week and considered dropping them completely out of the top 25.
Regardless of what they do next week, they still might exit the poll either way after the upcoming Houston-Texas Tech game, and a few other games involving almost top 25 teams on my radar.
Kansas has played two cupcakes thus far, but so has UF and PSU, so I'm certainly not going to penalize the Jayhawks for it.
Todd Reesing has over 460 yards and three touchdowns and tailback Jake Sharp has been solid, rushing for 227 yards and three scores. Their schedule remains soft until their Oct. 24 game at Oklahoma.
They could certainly arrive in Norman undefeated. Look for the stats and wins to continue to pile up, at least until then.
I did not have Texas Tech in my preseason, nor my week one poll. After last weeks 55-10 blowout over Rice, in which Taylor Potts passed for 456 yards and seven touchdowns, I may have, now admittedly, sold the Red Raiders a bit short.
That being said, they may not stay here very long, or they may end up in the top 10 very soon.
This week, they play at No. 3 Texas and the following week, they travel to Houston to take on a Cougar team that just upset then-No. 5, Oklahoma State. I have Houston as my No. 24 team, but they are ranked No. 21 in this weeks AP poll.
The dust will settle in the next two weeks. Who'll be left standing?
It took a late FG for Oregon State to survive a scare from UNLV and pull out the 23-21 win.
That was very disappointing and even though a win is a win, an ugly win, or a win when you really could have, and maybe should have lost, does count against you in my book.
I still think they're a decent team and Quizz Rodgers could end up being a great player, but for now, the Beavers drop from 15 to 18 on my ballot this week.
The Bearcats made a huge statement for the second week in a row, unleashing a 70-3 beatdown on SE Missouri State.
In my preseason poll, Cincy wasn't even ranked, then after disposing of Rutgers on the road last week debuted at No. 24.
Now, I know this week they played at home vs. a cupcake, but I am sold that Brian Kelly's team is going to score a lot of points no matter who they are playing and they are now my new favorites to win the Big East.
Not to mention, quarterback Tony Pike is the real deal.
After a week one bye, TCU jumps four spots from 20 to 16 after defensively manhandling the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville.
The game was not close at all, so don't be fooled by the 30-14 final score. Virginia scored two garbage time touchdowns in the last 4:15 of the fourth quarter.
Their next five games all are winnable, so they could easily be 6-0 and in the top ten possibly when they meet No. 6, BYU on Oct. 24, in Provo.
That should be one heck of a matchup, regardless of the records.
Could it be that Nebraska football is on it's way back?
I'd say, so far so good under second-year coach Bo Pelini. I am pulling for them, but then I may be biased slightly, seeing as how Pelini was a defensive captain for the 1992 Ohio State Buckeyes.
He has a young team, but he has some talent there. Quarterback Zac Lee has stepped in just fine thus far, replacing Joe Ganz who graduated this past season.
We'll know a lot more about the Huskers this week as they travel to Blacksburg to take on No. 14 Virginia Tech.
Tyrod Taylor played better this week, but it was the VT running game that led the Hokies to victory this past Saturday.
Va Tech rolled over Marshall 52-10. David Wilson and Ryan Williams combined for 329 yards rushing and four touchdowns. But, it was against lowly Marshall, and I'm not on the Taylor bandwagon like I was before the Alabama loss so they slip one spot this week.
I don't know who's going to win this week when they host No. 15 Nebraska, but somebody's definitely moving up and somebody's definitely moving down when it's all said and done.
The Sooners won big over Idaho State, 64-0, but, it was Idaho State so that isn't exactly saying much.
They too lose one spot this week in my poll after Boise and BYU jump up and OK State slides after their loss to Houston.
Even though Brown and Murray are both great backs, defenses are going to put more men near the line-of-scrimmage to force red-shirt freshman Landry Jones to throw the ball more than Coach Bob Stoops may like.
If Bradford can't come back soon, and be 100 percent, OU might not be here for long.
Mississippi was jumped by Boise State and BYU after having a bye in week two.
They only lose one poll position however because of the loss suffered by then—No. 5 Oklahoma State.
Their next three games are all near locks, so by the time the Oct. 10 game vs. No. 7 Alabama gets here, they could both be top 10 teams, or maybe even top five.
A week after "the sucker-punch" game and defeat of the Oregon Ducks, the Broncos pounded the Redhawks from Miami (OH) 48-0, and move up three spots in my poll this week.
They go on the road to play Fresno State this Friday night. The Bulldogs gave away the "W" last week, almost beating Wisconsin in Madison.
This could be a great game that propels BSU into the top 10, or flushes their BCS hopes down the drain.
Tressel-ball busted our nuts again.
USC and Pete Carroll played aggressive and came to win, but if Tressel wasn't scared and conservative, the Buckeyes could have ran away with this game.
Instead, they turned true freshman Matt Barkley into a SoCal folk-hero, and drop two spots in the poll.
Had they won, as I believe they should have, Ohio State and USC would be flip-flopped this week.
LSU could have actually moved up with a better home performance against Vanderbilt last Saturday, but the game was much closer than I expected, as LSU held on for a 23-9 win.
I didn't drop them in my poll though as the Tigers hold steady at No. 9 this week with the, albeit somewhat unimpressive, win.
So far, running back Charles Scott has done almost nothing. I thought he would be the best back in the SEC this year, but maybe I was wrong.
If he, and the Tigers play poorly next week, they will very likely drop down a few slots.
I was really high on QB Josh Nesbitt and running back Jonathan Dwyer before this game, as evidenced by my No. 5 ranking of GT last week.
After watching the game, I still think they are both pretty solid however, the GT defense let them down, allowing 27 unanswered points.
The Yellow Jackets kicked two late field goals and escaped at home with a 30-27 win over Clemson, but still drop three spots this week for letting un-ranked Clemson make a game of it.
They better fix their defense asap, or they might not be lucky enough to hold on next time.
The Tide have a very talented running back crew in Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, and Roy Upchurch, but I'm still not quite sold on new QB Greg McElroy.
Bama was only leading FIU 20-14 at home in Tuscaloosa late in the third quarter. Even though they did pull away in the fourth for the 40-14, color me under-impressed with their overall performance in that game.
I did not however drop them in my poll this week. Sometimes good teams do play down to the level of their competition. I believe that was the case here.
BYU is not like most other mid-majors, aka BCS Busters. They were once a powerhouse program years ago and many fans may not know that they won a national title in 1984 and had a Heisman winner, QB Ty Detmer, in 1990.
Steve Young and Jim McMahon also played quarterback for the Cougers in the 1980's, and each won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback.
Former USC coordinator, and current Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian was also a QB at BYU and was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1996.
If they can run the table, this could be the year the BCS comes tumbling down, and is forced to put a non-automatic qualifier into the BCS title game.
Hopefully it happens, either with BYU, Boise State, TCU, or Houston.
Then we may just inch ever-so-closer to a DI playoff finally.
Steady she goes.
Much like Florida, Penn State has played nobody yet, but they won both games rather easily.
Much like 2008, we won't know if they're really any good until they play Ohio State, and then in a bowl game.
For now, I have them here just ahead of BYU, and I mean just barely.
Best is the Best.
Through two games, he has 281 yards on just 27 carries (10.4 yards per rush) and four touchdowns.
Another week, another win, and another step towards stealing the 2009 Heisman away from Tebow and McCoy for Jahvid Best.
I can't wait to see the USC@Cal game on Oct. 3.
I'm definitely on the Best/Bears bandwagon.
Texas was No. 2 last week, but after struggling a bit to pull away from mighty and un-ranked Wyoming until late, they drop to make room for USC.
This week, the Longhorns host No. 19 Texas Tech, while USC plays un-ranked Washington.
A solid win over the Red Raiders could easily vault Texas back up to the No. 2 slot, or, depending on how the Florida/Tennesse game goes, the No. 1 position may be up or grabs, but probably not...
I have to give USC credit for coming into Ohio Stadium and playing a decent game overall.
After pulling off the comeback in Columbus, USC moves up one spot from No. 3 last week.
That being said, if Tressel had a pair of buck-nuts, the Buckeyes could have easily put this game away and Ohio State and USC would be flip-flopped this week.
Everyone, including myself, agrees the Gators are legit, and are almost undoubtedly the best team in the nation right now.
I just wish they would man up and play some real teams OOC and prove it on the field. The best team shouldn't be afraid to play other top 15 teams from other conferences, and they should play on the road.
It's been something like 20 or 30 years since Florida has played an OOC opponent outside of Florida, but I digress on that topic for now.
So, even though they still haven't played anyone, they have thrashed both cupcakes they've played, so they remain at the top, and they will probably be there all season.
But anything can happen so for the rest of this year, my two favorite teams this year are the Buckeyes and whomever is playing the Gators...
That's this weeks top 25 from BlockONation.
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