Congrats to the Champs, ST Top 10 Poll & Week 10 picks

Hello again everybody...

I'm on the front-end of a 11-hour as I write this, so I'm working to stay positive. That's a little tough because the Wild suffered their first regulation loss last night, getting worked by the Dallas Stars 4-2. That may not sound like a blow-out, but trust me, it wasn't as close as the score may indicate. Oh well.

On the plus side, the Wild have a chance to get right back after it tonight, as they return home to face Les Habitants. That's right, the Canadiens are in town, and the Hammer is giddy. I can't help it, his giddiness is infectious.

Also we've got new World Champions in the world of baseball. So while my "last word" on the 2008 baseball season will come tomorrow, I want to offer my congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies. Game 5, part deux, last night was pretty exciting. Plus, since it was only 3.5 innings, it cruised along really quickly. And congratulations should also go out to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the Phillies won the series, the Rays won the hearts of a significant number of baseball fans, and their story is one which deserves to be lauded.

But today is college football day here at the Sports Take. So we've got the 6th edition of the Sports Take Top 10 College Football Poll. And then it's time for my 2008 College Football Picks: Week 10. So let's get after it!

"There are two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness."
- Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Austro-Hungarian fiction writer

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This week brings us the 6th edition of the Sports Take Top 10 College Football Poll. Several dedicated ST readers have voted in their Top 10 teams in college football, and here are the compiled results: (the comments in italics are from random pollsters)

Rank) (first place votes) - Points - Last Week's Ranking

#1) Texas (10) - 100 - 1
Two real challengers left: an explosive Air Raid offense, and a schizophrenic Jayhawk.

#2) Alabama - 87 - 2

Yes, all they do is win, but I can't help but feel an upset lurking within the tough SEC.

#3) Penn State - 81 - 3
It wasn't a pretty win over Ohio State, but they did what they had to do. Barring a series of injuries, they should run the table.

#4) Oklahoma - 61 - 4
They have to be the best 1-loss team in the country.

#5) Texas Tech - 50 - 7
Your schedule has three Top 10 teams: Horns, Cowboys, and Sooners. Prove you belong!

#6) Florida - 43 - 8
63-5 over Kentucky?! If that wasn't a statement game, this week versus Georgia should be.

#7) USC - 38 - 5
They need to blow people out to make their case and they didn't do that versus Arizona. Hence the drop in the polls.

#8) Georgia - 35 - 9
After this week, it'll be UGA or FLA representing the SEC East.

#9) Oklahoma State - 18 - 6
Is it possible to move up with a loss? If Texas keeps winning big, these guys look even better.

#10) Utah - 17 - NR
Their only ranked opponent this year is TCU in two weeks.

Others Receiving Votes: Boise State 15, Ball State 2, Missouri 1, Ohio State 1, TCU 1, Tulsa 1

So there was no upheaval in the top 4 teams, but all kinds of shake-ups in the back half of the Top 10. Anyone see anything that looks out of whack? Attach a comment and let us know!

Finally today, it's time for my Week 10 picks from the world of college football. Two weeks in a row of +.500 performance. Can I keep it up? Can I hit on a Flier Pick after whiffing the last couple of weeks? Let's see!

As always, if recreational gaming were legal and were I to have the wherewithal to make a worthwhile wager, these are the games I'd be betting on:

First off...

Minnesota -7 versus Northwestern (11am): The Gophers are 7-1 (4-1). The Wildcats are 6-2 (2-2).

Does this line seem kind of small to anybody else? I was expecting -10 or something. Especially considering that Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher is questionable with an injury.

The Gophers have been solid defensively and are no longer at a disadvantage against the Wildcats' offensive scheme, since they practice against a very similar attack every day.

Here are some words I never thought I'd say: I love the Gophers in this game. It's their homecoming, so there should be a raucous crowd ready to make a ton of noise. And that turns the Metrodome into a serious home field advantage.

So let's give the 7 and root for the Gophers! (Lon, this is working splendidly!)


Notre Dame -4.5 versus Pittsburgh (1:30pm): The Irish are 5-2. The Panthers are 5-2 (2-1).

Pittsburgh's coming off a 54-34 upset loss to Rutgers. Getting popped in the mouth by a team you were supposed to beat is one thing.

Having to go on the road to one of the more legendary stadiums in the country after getting popped in the mouth by a team you were supposed to beat, is even worse.

If Notre Dame can get up a couple of scores early, I think they walk with this one.

So we'll give Pitt the 4.5 and wake up the echoes...


Alabama -23 versus Arkansas State (2pm): The Crimson Tide are 8-0 (5-0). The Red Wolves are 4-3 (2-1).

Quick. Off the top of your head. Can you name the conference that Arkansas St. plays in? I couldn't.

'Nuff said. Alabama names their score here. We gladly give the 23 and roll Tide!


Texas -4 @ Texas Tech (7pm): The Longhorns are 8-0 (4-0). The Red Raiders are 8-0 (4-0).
*This game is this week's Sports Take Flier Pick of the Week!

Ball State is off til Nov. 5th, so I can't use them this week. So I had several different games I could've gone with for the Flier Pick. I finally settled on what will be the most watched game this week (Georgia/Florida being a close second).

Tech proved me wrong last week, so I'll give them respect. But I give Texas more. I think it's fairly clear at this point that they're the best team in the nation. I hear folks say that either Texas or Alabama are destined to lose a game. If that's the case, I think it's 'Bama. Because I don't see anybody beating the Longhorns.

So I'll lay the 4, cross my fingers and hook 'em horns! (Actually, I'll have to use two hands to make that work. Which is going to make operating the remote a real pain! The sacrifices I make!)

So there are your 4 picks this week. See anything you disagree with in there? Speak now, or forever hold your peace! Well, maybe not forever, but at least until Monday!

That's it for today folks. I'm back tomorrow with my final word on the 2008 Major League Baseball season. Until then, thanks for reading!


  1. how about on the plus side, the T'Wolves won there opener and Kevin Love didn't make a fool of himself??? Not even a mention of the Wolves...disappointing!!

  2. The NBA started?! Damn, I had no idea!

    Actually, I had no idea they stopped!

  3. Give the Sun Belt some love. It is so sad that I knew that. All those brain cells devoted to sports stats and Star Wars trivia. Remind you of anyone else?

  4. So you're saying it's a bad thing that I know the number of the trash compactor from Episode IV and use it as a portion of various passwords?!