BlogPoll Week Three Draft: What to do with Virginia Tech?

Only in college football can a team that is idle be considered the only loser among the top 10 teams. A week ago, Virginia Tech had its aspirations of a national title dashed in a loss to Boise State. And now, after a loss to FCS James Madison, the Hokies can't even make a claim to be Virginia state champs. According to every analyst with access to a microphone, Boise State also suffered a loss as a result of the JMU upset. Surprisingly, the coaches and AP polls held to their time-honored tradition of a team holding its place in line until it loses a game.  BSU lost ground on the top two teams in the major polls, but this could be attributed to the impressive play of those two teams, and not solely related to the Virginia Tech gaffe.

BlogPoll voters have shown to be more willing to move teams around from week to week as the perceived strength of their resume changes.  I would expect this week to be no different and anticipate many bloggers to be less forgiving when ranking the Broncos.

Join in the comments and discuss how you feel the Broncos and the rest of the Top 25 should play out.

OBNUG's Week Three BlogPoll draft

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

OBNUG Ballot - Week 3

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide --
2 Boise St. Broncos --
3 Ohio St. Buckeyes --
4 TCU Horned Frogs --
5 Oregon Ducks Arrow_up 2
6 Iowa Hawkeyes Arrow_down -1
7 Texas Longhorns Arrow_down -1
8 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_up 3
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers Arrow_down -1
10 Florida Gators --
11 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_up 3
12 Miami Hurricanes --
13 Utah Utes Arrow_up 7
14 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_up 7
15 Stanford Cardinal --
16 LSU Tigers Arrow_up 1
17 Air Force Falcons --
18 Auburn Tigers Arrow_down -3
19 Arkansas Razorbacks --
20 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 3
21 USC Trojans Arrow_down -3
22 Penn St. Nittany Lions Arrow_down -6
23 Florida St. Seminoles Arrow_down -10
24 California Golden Bears --
25 Oregon St. Beavers Arrow_down -1

Dropouts: Houston, West Virginia, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Fresno State, ECU

Dropouts: Virginia Tech Hokies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Georgia Bulldogs, North Carolina Tar Heels

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings "

 

Moving Up

  • Oregon - The Ducks looked rather pedestrian in the first half against Justin Wilcox and his Volunteer defense. Then LaMichael James busted a 71-yard touchdown, which was followed by a pick-6, and the floodgates opened.
  • South Carolina and Utah - I have a hard time believing either team is Top 15 material, but with the small sample size thus far, they have more impressive resumes than the teams below them.
  • Air Force - The Falcons gave notice to the "Big Three" of the Mountain West, giving BYU a good beating in the two teams' final conference meeting. Will BYU's cry for independence give MWC teams even more incentive to run up the score on the Cougars?

Moving Down

  • USC -  Virginia had several opportunities to win that game, and after reconsidering my initial ballot, I would drop the Trojans from the Top 25 altogether. So much for the Trojans overcoming their bowl ban by making a case to win the AP national title.
  • The ACC - The Hokies lose to an FCS team, Georgia Tech gives up 28 to the school that could only muster three points in a loss to North Dakota State, and Florida State falls flat in their marquee matchup with Oklahoma.  At least Miami looked competitive at times against Ohio State.

After the top eleven, it became increasingly difficult to slot teams.  I wanted to drop Miami after their loss, but it was hard to find a team that I felt should leapfrog them.  I expect comments from the community to drastically sway the final outcome of this week's poll. Speaking of ...

Your turn

What changes should I make to this week's BlogPoll? Is Utah too high? Is USC too low? Share your thoughts on this week's poll in the comments.

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