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College Football BlogPoll Top 25: Quarter Pole

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Alex Loukas #5 of the Stanford Cardinal runs past Matt Woodlief #46 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to score a touchdown at Stanford Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2010
RANK TEAM RECORD PR SOS NEXT GAME
1Alabama3-0160at (11) Arkansas
2Ohio State3-02101v. E. Michigan
3Oklahoma3-0330at Cincinnati
4Oregon3-04126at Arizona State
5Boise State2-0529v. Oregon State
6Texas3-0754v. UCLA
7Wisconsin3-08108v. Austin Peay
8Nebraska3-011111v. S. Dakota State
9Florida3-0644v. Kentucky
10TCU3-0985at SMU
11Arkansas3-015133v. (1) Alabama
12LSU3-01332v. West Virginia
13South Carolina3-01263at (14) Auburn
14Auburn3-01465v. (13) South Carolina
15Stanford3-0NR86at Notre Dame
16Arizona3-0NR89v. California
17Iowa2-110105v. Ball State
18Florida State2-12342v. Wake Forest
19Miami2-11648at Pittsburgh (9/23)
20Michigan3-01961v. Bowling Green
21Michigan State3-020117v. N. Colorado
22USC3-02140at Washington State
23Penn State2-12293v. Temple
24Utah3-02496v. San Jose State
25Air Force2-12562at Wyoming

 

With 25 percent of the season in the books (for most teams), I can start to see the errors of my initial poll.

For starters, I had far too much faith in the ACC. Of the five ACC teams ranked in my preseason poll—Virginia Tech (6), Miami (11), North Carolina (13), Florida State (14), and Boston College (25)—only two remain. The Hurricanes and Seminoles have also moved a collective 12 spots closer to “others receiving votes” territory.

There may be an argument that I have been too harsh to North Carolina, who hung tough, and scored points, against (borderline Top 10) LSU. Still, the Tar Heels were largely fueled by adrenaline in that game, which is something that cannot last the entire season. Unfortunately for UNC, some of their suspensions can last the entire season.

As judged by my current poll, my greatest underestimations can be found in the Pac-10 and SEC, as Arizona and Stanford (both initially unranked) have rocketed into the Top 15, while LSU and South Carolina have made double-digit climbs up the poll. In fact, the Pac-10 has experienced the largest gain when you consider Oregon’s rise as well. The other major mover has been Nebraska, up 10 spots to No. 8.

As for the Big Ten, things have been much less eventful. Michigan has made a move into the poll, and Michigan State has climbed slightly, but those moves are mostly offset by small dips by Iowa (No. 15 to No. 17) and Penn State (No. 20 to No. 23). Ohio State and Wisconsin are right where they started.

This weekend is not offering a lot of chances for major movement, but the SEC jumble in the middle should get sorted out with a couple of big matchups.

Check out the overall BlogPoll here and polls of other Ohio State blogs here.

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