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The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Posted on: July 7, 2008 4:52 pm
 

Courtesy of the Greek, I have been honored with selection to the group of pollsters for this top 25 CFB poll.  I am thrilled by the opportunity to prove that I know as little about who the best 25 teams are as the mavens of the AP, Coaches, Harris Interactive polls, and that stupid computer.

This reminds me of a stock market theory that says the market does what it wants to do, and that a group of dart-throwing monkeys can pick stock winners just as well as some high-powered stock brokers.  What can I say, I was always partial to the winged monkeys in the Wizard of Oz.  So it is my honor to be one of your dart-throwing monkeys this season.  Without further adieu, here are my preseason submissions to the Best Damn Poll in the Land.  Feel free to critcize, laugh, applaud, or respond inappropriately.

1.  Southern Cal   - The Trojans are loaded.  Don't expect another loss to Stanford

2.  Georgia - SEC Champions ride Jersey kid Moreno to the Championship

3.  West Virginia - The whole O line is back plus Pat White.

4.  Ohio State - Twice burnt  by the Buckeyes.  You're working your way up this year.

5.  Missouri -  TIgers turn the tables on the Big 12 South.

6.  Texas - The Longhorns are back. 

7.  Florida - Tebow's better, but not enough to get by Georgia.

8.  Wisconsin - Wiscy's good, but OSU's better still.

9.  Louisiana St. - QB?

10.  Virginia Tech - ACC champs, good D, offense?

11.  Auburn -  The spread takes root in Alabama.

12.  Oklahoma - Sooners lose 2 out of three to Lone Star teams.

13.  Tennessee - Florida, Auburn, and Georgia hand Vols their only losses.

14.  Oregon - Quack Attack!  Ducks come up roses.

15.  Clemson - Lose to Hokies in ACC Championship

16.  Rutgers - My homer pick.  Hey! Fuhgedaboudit!

17.  Penn St. - Joe's last hurrah.

18.  South Florida - Bulls are #3 in Big East,  just barely.

19.  Kansas - Schedule's a lot tougher this year.

20.  Fresno St. - The Bulldogs may have a nasty surprise in store for some BCS teams.

21.  Cincinnati - Strong showing against Sooners gets Bearcats noticed.

22.   Arizona St. - Losses to Georgia, Southern Cal, and Oregon early hurt.

23.  Illinois - The fourth best in the Big 10.

24.  Alabama - Saban hits the turning point.  The Tide is rising.

25.  Pittsburgh - Wannstedt's recruiting finally pays off.  Pitt joins the Big East party. 

Comments

Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2009 4:38 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

First of all Tennessee did not lose to Georgia. Georgia is not that good. When Alabama & Florida meet in the SEC championship Alabama wil be the victor. As for your other picks, I just don't have that much time.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2008 3:57 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Interesting poll. No big arguments. I think WVU is top 10 but #3 seems pushing it. I also think Oregon is overranked. I have them around #30. I also think Texas Tech should be ranked, although I have no idea where. I could see them anywhere

I think you made some bold choices though. Tennessee is higher than I have them but I think they will have a better team than last year. I also agree on USC at top.

Good first poll.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2008 1:01 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Thanks Web.  You just called out all of my Rutgers' biases for the whole world to see.  I would have expected this from an OSU fan, but a Rutgers' fan?  You were supposed to keep this quiet.  Oh well, now the whole world knows.  So non-Rutgers/Big East fans you should consider that any Big East team that appears in my poll (except UConned) could be overrated due to purely unintentional, subliminal, fan bias on my part.   UConn on the other hand may be unintentionally (ahem) underrated.  Damn.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 12:36 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

And if your interested here are were i got my #'s from. Pretty good if you ask me.

http://www.msnsportsnet.net/content

/Football-3.pdf



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 12:34 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

GrayStork,

Well for starters we are going to be a very fast and athletic team. We have 6 WR's/RB's that can run the 40 in 4.42 or faster. Devine runs a 4.3, White runs a 4.45, and our BACKUP QB Jarret Brown runs a 4.46. Devine benches 405 and squats 475 so, so far he has proven he could possibly handle the load of 20-25 carries a game. White will be at his best yet again. He will be without Reynaud, Slaton, and Schmitt. Slaton is replaceable (You saw last season, he didn't do too much). Schmitt sadly is not replaceable and will be missed. He was the true meaning of a Mountaineer. Reynaud isn't replaceable at an individual stand point, but we have enough WR's to back him up (We have a 6'8 WR with a 38.5 vertical leap, thats scary). We have our entire O-Line coming back and it should be one of the best in the nation. We have freshman Terrence Kerns coming in who is 6'1 225 (RB). He is a bruiser from the Hargrave Military Academy. But i'm not sure if he is academically eligible yet. Hopefully he is. Our D will make our brake us this year. Our LB core is the most solid with Ivy, Lazear, Williams, and J.T. Thomas. The D-Line should be one to watch. We have Scooter Berry coming back but we lose Dingle and Dykes (Yes i know the Dingle Berry joke can no longer be said). We have a JUCO coming in named Tevita Finau. He's a scary dude at 6'5 275. He didn't participate in spring training but he will be ready in time for the season. Then our Secondary i say would be our weaker point with only 1 returning starter. Quinton Andrews the safety. But overall i think if we can beat Auburn we could run the table. Although i doubt we will see a year like last year so don't expect to see all this drama. I think we could have some undefeated teams so i see WVU as having an outside shot at the NC. They would have to run the table to even have a chance. Anything less then a BCS Bowl would be a major disappointment. We have to let White go out on top, he has done so much for WVU you can't put words to it. Thats my thought on the Mountaineers. If you want a better view ask Lambert he bleeds Blue and Gold like you have never seen it before! And haha ya i'm a Denver Bronco fan not BSU.

B4L24



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2008 12:11 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Graystroke, you know i am a fellow Rutgers fan and love your stuff. lol so i love this poll you put together, I think you have the Big East represented very well(as should be), WV at #3 I would have them a little lower(#5) even with White and Devon. I love that Rutgers is ahead of Penn St. and Fresno st. and So. Floridia but i would have them behind them. Hell, what do I know?? Nente, Great job!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2008 9:30 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Bronco- I thought you were a Boise State fan until I checked your homepage.  Rutgers, nor any other team, can replace a Ray Rice.  But due to the development of Kenny Britt and  Tiquan Underwood as 1,000 yard receivers, I don't think RU needs anywhere near Ray's production to win.  If Teel plays like a Sr quarterback and keeps the ints under control, this could be a really strong passing attack.  Third receiver Tim Brown is a legit deep threat and freshman Keith Stroud looked like Britt reincarnated at the spring game.  This kid went to prep school last year, enrolled early in January and went through spring practice with the team.  So experience-wise he's closer to a sophomore than a freshman.  Three o-linemen have graduated but two of the three replacements are seniors with substantial game experience.  So if Teel gets the time, it could be lights out.  We've got enough of a running game with Kordell Young, Mason Robinson, and two redshirt freshmen to keep the D's honest.  Our D looks solid.  Veteran secondary, LB's have stepped up talent wise over last year and 3 out of 4 on DL return.  DT is a concern since we had trouble stopping the run last year and lost Eric Foster.  First two games will be a good measure.  Fresno St. can play with anybody and North Carolina is on the rise.  My theory is that WV usually stumbles early in the year (it's been USF for the last two).  If Rutgers pulls off a win in Morgantown look out.  Unfortunately, I still haven't figured out how they're going to stop Pat White.  I'm heartened by rumors that he'll be passing more this year.  He KILLS us on the ground.

What's your view on the 'Eers this year?




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2008 4:36 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Hey i won't hold you to it i love seeing WVU at #3! Anything higher then that is a little far-fetched. And BYU has gone 1-2 at the beginning of the year for 2 straight years now, then win 10 in a row, an amazing finale against Utah, and bowl game 2 years ago they dominated Oregon 38-8, then this year they had that miracle blocked FG vs UCLA. Both years in Las Vegas Bowl but this year could be their shot at a BCS game. Most likely Fiesta. I'm excited for both! And if you wondering why i'm talking about BYU it's because i'm Mormon so it's almost like it's in my blood to cheer for them. But WVU is definitely my favorite team. Good luck with Rutgers next year. How do you think they will fair w/o Ray Rice?

B4L24



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2008 12:53 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

Bronco-The Cougars were in my original 25 but just got nosed out on the revisions.  Have no fear.  I'm going to try to give the non-BCS schools (aka The Barbarians) an even shake in this poll.  So you can expect to see BYU moving up shortly if they don't self-destruct.  The pundits always throw WV a #7-#10 just to get a Big East team in there.  I think White & Crew are better than that.  They do look good at #3 I must admit.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2008 11:01 pm
 

The Best Damn Poll in the Land

I'm liking WVU at #3, but think they should be around #6 or #7. And no BYU? You gotta give the MWC some love! Fresno St. but no BYU....thats disappointing.

B4L24


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