Thursday

ST Top 10 Poll (3rd Ed.) & 2008 College Football Picks: Week 7


Hello again everybody...

This is going to be the last post of the week for me. Tomorrow's a day off and I've got things to do! So if you're looking for the DFTU, check Wednesday's post.

Today I'll unveil the 3rd Edition of the Sports Take Top 10 College Football Poll. And then it's time for my Week 7 college football picks. So let's get to it!

"The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time." - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright

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I've made one minor tweak to this week's edition of the ST Top 10 Poll. Enough of the pollsters have been including comments with their ballots that I want to add some of those in as well. They'll appear in italics under each ranking.

So without further ado, here are the top 10 college football teams in the nation as ranked by Sports Take readers:

Rank) Team (First Place Votes) - Total Points - Last Week's Ranking

#1) Oklahoma (8) - 98 - 1
Avoided the so-called "trap game" in Waco walking all over an improved Baylor team. A win against Texas this week all but puts them into the Big 12 Championship game.

#2) LSU (1) - 78 - 2
Idle this past week, but no one did enough to jump over them.

#3) Missouri - 77 - 4
Scored 52 points in three quarters at Nebraska. I know this is the only quality win thus far for the Tigers, but if you score points, you get attention.

#4) Alabama (1) - 75 - 3
Every top team has an ugly win somewhere along the way. Maybe this was 'Bamas.

#5) Texas - 67 - 5
Likely to fall to somewhere 6-10 depending on this Saturday's result vs. Oklahoma.

#6) Penn State - 49 - 6
Not a dominant performance, but they did what they had to on the road.

#7) Texas Tech - 29 - 9
Impressive win in Manhattan. Tech mixed in a little defense with their offense and may give Texas and Oklahoma some trouble.

#8) USC - 23 - T7
Because life isn't fair, they'll be there in the end.

#9) BYU - 22 - T7
Scored 24 points in the first quarter at Utah State and then called of the dogs (or Cougars in this case). This could have been ugly, but they went easy on their young in-state rival.

#10) Georgia - 10 - 10
Idle this past week, but they keep on clinging to a Top 10 spot.

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio State 9, Vanderbilt 6, Florida 2, Oklahoma State 2, Utah 2, Kansas 1

So there you have it. Not a lot of shuffling from last week, but none of the top teams lost, so you wouldn't expect much movement. Still, do you see anything you heartily disagree with? Attach a comment and let us know!

Finally for this week, it's time for my weekly college football picks. Can I land a 3rd straight week of 3-1 goodness? We shall see!

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

Vanderbilt -2.5 @ Mississippi State (1:30pm):
The Commodores are 5-0 (3-0). The Bulldogs are 1-4 (0-2).

Okay, I finally believe. After beating Auburn 14-13, I'm finally on the Vandy bandwagon. Yes, this is a road game for the Commodores, but Mississippi State is marking the days til their next head coach, so I don't see them putting up much competition.

Vandy's at least a field goal better here, so let's give the 2.5 and root for the smart kids!

Next...

North Carolina -7.5 vs. Notre Dame (2:30pm):
The Tar Heels are 4-1 (1-1). The Irish are 4-1.

This is a big game for both teams. North Carolina's win over Miami was big, but they need this win over Notre Dame to maintain their Top 25 ranking. And how many times has Notre Dame started a season 4-1 and not been ranked? A road win over a BCS conference team would go a long way towards legitimizing Notre Dame's record.

So why do I like the Heels here? First, home-field advantage. We've established that it matters. Not that road teams can't win. But when two teams are fairly evenly matched, we go with the home squad.

Second, speed. UNC head coach Butch Davis knows from his days in Miami that you win with speed. And he's recruited with that in mind. Especially at the wide receiver position. It seems to me that the Tar Heel receivers have a distinct advantage over the Irish cornerbacks.

Plus North Carolina has finally stabilized the quarterback position. Starter T.J. Yates is still out, but junior Cam Sexton has stepped in and let his club to two wins in a row.

So I like the Tar Heels to win going away here. We give the 7.5 and root against the Golden Domers. (Sorry Dad)

Thirdly...

Auburn -19 vs. Arkansas (4pm):
The Tigers are 4-2 (2-2). The Razorbacks are 2-3 (0-2).

So I just picked Vanderbilt because they beat Auburn. What the hell am I doing picking Auburn when they're giving 19 points?

The simple answer is Arkansas is just that bad. The Tigers are going to be looking to get back on track after last week's loss, and the Razorbacks are just the cure for what ails them.

Arkansas' defense has surrendered 38, 52 and 49 points in their last 3 games. So clearly they can be scored upon.

Auburn is still struggling to implement the spread offense, and 19 points is a lot to give, but I have a feeling they break out this week against such an inferior opponent.

So we give the 19 and hope that the pieces come together for Auburn!

Finally...

Ball State -16 @ Western Kentucky:
The Cardinals are 6-0 (3-0). The Hilltoppers are 2-4.

This is this week's Sports Take Flier Pick of the Week.

The Cardinals are on a roll, so we're sticking with them. WKU's two wins came against Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. Every time they've stepped up in competition, they've gotten smoked. I don't expect this week to be any different.

Ball State's the new ST bandwagon team, so we'll give the 16 and hope we didn't just put the same whammy on them that we did on East Carolina earlier in the year!

So there's your 4 picks. See something you disagree with (anybody? Lon? anybody?)? Attach a comment below and let us know why!

That's all for this week folks. Again, the ST offices are closed tomorrow, so I'll be back on Monday with a Post-Mortem on the picks and my thoughts on how the LCS's are going so far! Until then, thanks for reading!

2 comments:

  1. I love the Auburn pick. I know it’s a lot of points, but Tuberville will have his Tigers very motivated this week. There's a back story to this game which should fuel Auburn to a lopsided road win.

    Back in 2002, Bobby Petrino was the offensive coordinator under Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. At the end of that season, Petrino left Auburn to take the head coaching position at Louisville. With Petrino gone, Auburn finished 2003 with a disappointing 8-5 finish. In the off season, Petrino was secretly interviewed by Auburn’s president, athletic director, and two trustees to replace Tuberville as head coach. When word got out, all hell broke loose. The president and athletic director resigned, and Tuberville remained the head coach. The next season, Tuberville finished 13-0, vindicating himself as the rightful coach of Auburn.

    Now it’s 2008, and Tuberville’s Tigers have impressed no one. After a narrow loss to LSU, Auburn has been pathetic on offense. So bad in fact, Tuberville was forced to fire his first year offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, a guy who’s spread offense was supposed to spark the program.

    Tuberville needs to win now, and an impressive win would quiet the boosters some. This weekend Auburn travels to Fayetteville to take on, you guessed it, Bobby Petrino’s Razorbacks. I’m guessing there’s some bad blood here and don't expect Tuberville to let up. The Arkansas defense is porous and Auburn’s is solid. Don’t be surprised if Arkansas doesn’t score.

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  2. That's much better than the explanation I had!

    I just figured Arkansas sucks!

    Thanks for the back-up Koz!

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