Tag:2011 AP Poll
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:12 pm

Big East poll reactions, Week 1

Posted by Chip Patterson

Predictably, the preseason polls did not have much of a Big East presence. The preseason Associated Press poll only opened the door for West Virginia to sneak in at No. 24. But on Saturday South Florida made quite the statement to the voters, pulling off the upset win over Notre Dame in South Bend. Now the conference gets to revel in two teams represented in the polls, with one more collecting votes.

19. West Virginia - Dana Holgorsen's debut in Morgantown was far from normal as the Mountaineers collected their first victory in a game called for lightning. The new offensive scheme under the direction of quarterback Geno Smith sputtered at first, but by the time the game was called the offense had scored five times on eight offensive drives - something that Holgorsen singled out on Monday as "pretty good." Next the Mountaineers will host Norfolk State before traveling to College Park and face Maryland in Byrd Stadium.

22. South Florida - Skip Holtz said before the season that his team had some momentum coming off the Bulls' dramatic late season victories over Miami and Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. That momentum off those two close wins carried over to South Bend on Saturday with the 23-20 victory over the then-ranked Irish. The Bulls' defense was opportunistic, and BJ Daniels was able to orchestrate enough scoring drives (granted, field goals) in the first half to put the game out of reach by the time the Irish made the quarterback switch. The Bulls now have three winnable games ahead with the possibilities of traveling to Pittsburgh 4-0. After that begins the brutal road journey through the Big East that includes four away games in five weeks.

Other Receiving Votes 38. Pittsburgh - The Panthers' "high-octane" offense took a while to get going against Buffalo, and it is clear the Panthers are sell getting used to operating at Todd Graham's preferred speed in a game situation. Luckily Pitt welcomes Maine to town on Saturday for one more test-run before taking Graham's "high-octane" show on the road to face the Hawkeyes in Iowa on Sept. 17.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:06 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 7:35 pm

ACC Poll Reactions, Week 1

Posted by Chip Patterson

Preseason polls are silly, they are based entirely on predictions of performance parties who may/may not have looked past the school-provided spring notes. Thankfully, after one week of football the Associated Press voters have some concrete results as a basis for their decisions. Granted, it's only been one game and many teams competed against inferior opponents, but there are concrete results nonetheless.

5. Florida State - The Florida State defense put on quite a show in their 34-0 shutout against ULM, and the voters rewarded the Seminoles with a one spot bump in the rankings. Until Florida State plays top-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 17, I can't see them climbing over the Sooners, LSU, Alabama, or Boise State. No. 5 could be the highest spot FSU gets this year, or the springboard to a memorable season in Tallahassee.

11. Virginia Tech - The Hokies avoided a repeat of 2010's FCS upset at home, and blasted Appalachian State 66-13. Running back David Wilson has silenced his doubters and added his name to the list of Heisman dark horse candidates. Virginia Tech's schedule works in their favor, but it also means there will likely be no huge jumps in the polls. But as long as the Hokies keep winning they'll hang around the top ten. Just like Survivor, Frank Beamer's squad needs to outplay each opponent and outlast the competition.

Other receiving votes

31. Maryland - The Terps put on a show knocking off Miami 32-24 in primetime. Danny O'Brien ran a high-tempo offense and the defense turned two of Miami's four turnovers into 14 points on the way to the win. Another statement win opportunity awaits Sept. 17 with No. 19 West Virginia coming to town.

41. North Carolina State - The Wolfpack withstood the early game miscues and finally hit their stride to pull away from Liberty in the second half. While new quarterback Mike Glennon struggled at times, NC State got some great running from backup running back Curtis Underwood and a swarming back seven on defense looked improved from 2010.

47. Georgia Tech, Clemson - Each of these teams received one vote in the poll, presumably from someone looking to reward them for appearing to turn around from disappointing 6-7 finishes in 2010. Both teams did look better, but have a long way to go before they break the Top 25.
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