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Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2011 3:53 pm
 

When was the last time the top two teams in the country had a bye on the same day? When was the last time the top two teams in the country from the same conference had a bye on same day? When was the last time the top two teams in the country from the same conference had a bye on the same day before playing each other?

Maybe never.

LSU and Alabama both rested on the couch Saturday. They planned it that way. LSU’s Les Miles told me last week he requested the bye week from the SEC before the Alabama game. You can bet Nick Saban did the same thing.

The SEC complied with the requests making the biggest regular-season game in (perhaps) five years equal footing before Saturday’s Ya’ll Brawl in Tuscaloosa.

This week's Power Poll ... 



1. LSU – Jarrett Lee must somehow throw downfield to loosen up Bama defense. For all you rematch fans, the best and pretty much only chance at one is if the Tigers lose at the gun by a field goal. Keep reading. The details will be coming later in the week. 

2. Alabama – Six, seven, eight future future pros on defense? Hope there’s room in the press box for, you know, media with all those NFL scouts showing up this week.

3. Oklahoma State – Cowboys quietly became the best team in the Big 12 on Saturday. Thirty-five point win against Baylor doesn’t properly reflect dominance.

4. Stanford – Bad Luck puts Cardinal in position to lose by throwing pick six. Good Luck leads four consecutive scoring drives to beat USC.

5. Boise State – Best chance at scoring BCS points the rest of the way is beating TCU Nov. 12 at home.

6. Oregon – Strange days in Eugene. Darron Thomas was pulled at halftime against Washington State in favor of redshirt freshman Bryan Bennett.

7. Oklahoma – Sooners’ only loss looks like a curd in the punch bowl -- to Texas Tech which lost by 34 at home Saturday to Iowa State. Yuck.

8. Virginia Tech – Hokies get caught up in research project with Duke. Almost fail.

9. Nebraska – Huskers’ only loss looks worse all the time. The best team (?) in the Big Ten has lost by 31 to Wisconsin. Still in control in Big Ten Legend.

10. Clemson – The Sprained Ankle That Killed A National Championship. Andre Ellington’s replacements – D.J. Howard and Mike Bellamy -- each lost a fumble against Georgia Tech.

11. South Carolina – SEC East put on endangered species list. This is where good football goes to die.

12. Arkansas – That’s why they’re Vanderbilt.

13. Penn State –JoePa passes up Eddie Robinson on all-time wins list; Lions have 2 ½-game lead in Leaders Division.

14. Michigan – Look who’s alive in the Big 12 Legends.

15. Houston – What, Case Keenum couldn’t get to double figures in touchdown passes against Rice? What a bum.

16. Kansas State – Yes, Oklahoma proved the Wildcats were patching it together with spit, mud and glue. And they’re still a heck of a story.

17. Michigan State – Too hard physically and mentally to get up three weeks in a row for Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. For now, the Spartans have lost control of Legends.

18. Wisconsin – Great job at producing instant classics for the World Wide Leader to re-air. Bad job at finishing games.

19. Arizona State – Could clinch Pac-12 South this week.

20. Georgia Tech – This doesn’t seem right but it is: Tevin Washington’s 176 rushing yards against Clemson were the most ever by a Jacket quarterback

21. Georgia – Nothing bad to say here about Mark Richt. Finally. Dawgs win sixth in a row.

22. West Virginia – Are frequent flyer miles considered an extra benefit? Mountaineers welcomed to the Big 12. 

23. USC – Lane Kiffin has done one of the best coaching jobs this season. Really.

24. TCU – Allowed only 42 points in three games since losing to SMU

25. Cincinnati – Well, someone’s got to win the last Big East title. Kidding, kidding. 

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

The only real knock I have on Richt is that he takes 2 or 3 games to figure out his team.   I would always prefer to play Georgia early rather than later in the season?   Examples: OK State and Boise both snuck out convincing wins the last couple of years.   At the end of the season, an ACC soon to be champion Georgia Tech gets embarrassed but not alone when S Carolina destroys Clemson that same weekend.   The two vanquished ACC division champs would meet a week later in the ACC Championship.   Or Remember when Georgia dismantled Hawaii in the Sugar and finished #2 even though they didn't even win their own SEC East Division.



Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

11. South Carolina – SEC East put on endangered species list. This is where good football goes to die.


Why bother ranking them at all? 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

"23. USC – Lane Kiffin has done one of the best coaching jobs this season. Really."

Really?  So now USC is into moral victories?  My how the mighty have fallen. 




Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

Maybe because Michigan St isn't that great? They have a vanilla offense that strikes fear in no one. They would finish 6th or 7th in the big 12 or sec. No one cares about when big 10 teams with playbooks straight from the 80's and 90's beat up on each other. Can you imagine any of the big ten teams trying to keep up with Oklahoma or Oklahoma St? Ha! Nebraska could last year but not this year. They haven't improved and their defense has gotten worse while their former big 12 partners have just kept getting more explosive. And if they played in the sec the athleticism difference is gigantic. Basically what i am trying to say is that the big ten is really boring and no one is impressed when they beat each other.



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:00 am
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

Hey Dodd,

Why not give the Huskers some credit for beating (which they did) Michigan State.



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:13 am
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

Perhaps he takes into account our 7 straight 10-win seasons and realizes that we'll always lose one or two games. Why should WINNING against Duke, though rather sloppy, change anything? VT has been the most consistent in winning 10 games a season more than any other team in the country. At 8-1, I'm not sure much has changed. So, why should we be ranked lower? Boise St. has yet to reach a NCG, yet they get love from the polls year-in-year out. But nobody knocks them for "escaping" soft teams on their schedule. Rankings are highly subjective anyway and seriously flawed. Basically because they are human polls. We all know half the voters don't even watch the games. They just look at the scores and vote. Never mind how a team looked or how many 1st string players were injured.



Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:35 am
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

Come on Mr Dodd. Explain yourself!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

How do you have VT ahead of Clemson? 23-3 Clemson head-to-head win, at Virginia Tech no less



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Power Poll Week 9: Bye week before LSU, Bama

I'm not a UGA fan, and don't care at all for the SEC, but I am a great admirer of Mark Richt.  What a classy and competent individual he is.  If UGA is stupid enough to fire him, there is no doubt some other school will reap the benefit by hiring him ASAP.  I am glad to see the Bulldogs doing well after a rough start.


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