Week 12 BlogPoll Draft Ballot
Texas A&M is off this week and I'm still dealing with the sting of having three losses by a combined 6 points. I'll have something appropriately weepy up later, but things are hectic now so it will be a couple of days. Next week is of course Texas so that should be fun. I'm not wild about putting Oklahoma in a BCS game, but it sure would be nice to steal one in Austin. On to the rankings:
Shortened Thoughts This Week:
-Last week I went high on Rutgers and got yelled at. I'll try it again this week.
-I adjusted my criteria a bit to remove some subjectivity. To be a "Team Under Consideration" a team from a BCS conference must have a .500 record both in-conference and overall. For mid-majors the standard is a .700 winning percentage. I then consider each of these teams' wins within this group and also each of their losses. This provides a resume that I then attempt to place relative to everyone else.
-In a vacuum, Michigan would be my #1 team, but I'm a superstitious alumnus.
-A&M is again the last team out.
-Louisville stays high largely as a result of Kansas State's win over Texas.
-USC has a spectacular resume. I could see Cal pulling the upset, but based on accomplishments they are clearly the best 1 loss team in the country.
-Anything past 11 is a crapshoot and yes, Maryland is probably higher than they should be.
-I can't get excited about LSU. The win over Tennessee was nice, but after that the best win is Kentucky.
-After all this I'm not as happy as I was. Look for an update tomorrow before the deadline.