Last week's CFP rankings put one-loss Oregon ahead of undefeated Florida State. The QuackPoll voters went, "...you can do that?" And this week, after Alabama beat Mississippi State, we did just that.
|2||Florida State (4)||169||0||3|
Also receiving votes: Boise State (4), Minnesota (2), Utah State (2), Notre Dame (1)
Dropped Out: Notre Dame, Clemson, LSU
-Our voters saw through the Mississippi State bullshit, taking them all the way down to 7th and out of the playoff. Of course, by doing that we left a team in the playoff that futzed around and beat Kansas by four last week. Man, there really are no good teams in college football this year.
-Interesting voting patterns at the top: Oregon, Florida State, and Alabama received all of the votes in the top 3, in a curious way. Oregon garnered only 1st and 2nd place votes, Alabama only 2nd and 3rd, and Florida State only 1st and 3rd. Voters only voted Oregon-Bama-FSU, or FSU-Oregon-Bama, with no other combinations. Don't know what to make of it, since the math classes I'm currently in involve adding and subtracting numbers less than 20*.
*because I teach first grade, not because I'm a moron. I'm also a moron, but that's irrelevant at this moment.
-GOOD LORD, look at those Pac-12 playoff rankings! Six teams in the top 19?! If we needed more proof that no one pays attention to Pac-12 football, we've got a big dose of it right here. It could also be that all the conferences are secretly terrible, and it isn't just ours, but I'm betting that isn't the case. Typical Duck homer move by us, by the way, overvaluing the team that beat us, and undervaluing everyone else.
-UCLA as the ninth best team in the country is a wonderful piece of nonsense. You think the committee knows they beat Cal and Colorado by a combined five points? Or are they just blissfully ignoring it whilst staring at Jerry Neuheisel's immaculately feathered hair?
Photo Credit - Mark J. Rebilas of USA Today
Beauty Credit - Susan Neuheisel
As little credit as possible - Rick Neuheisel
HYPOTHETICAL PLAYOFF PROSPECTUS
CFP: #1 Alabama vs. #4 Mississippi State (Sugar Bowl), and #2 Oregon vs. #3 Florida State (Rose Bowl)
A game we've already seen in one semifinal, and a game everyone is dying to see in the other semifinal.
QuackPoll: #1 Oregon vs. #4 TCU (Rose Bowl), and #2 Florida State vs. #3 Alabama (Sugar Bowl)
Points points points in Pasadena, and a slugfest in Nawlins. Oregon wins, and gets a beat up opponent in the final, with only a week for them to prepare to face the Ducks. This is the best case scenario.
Drunk this week: Sean Larson and his vote for Notre Dame. I don't feel this needs explaining.
Lazy this week: Rusty and Dom, who did not submit ballots. Since they didn't tell me they were missing this week, I will go ahead and assume they have both been boarded and seized by Somali pirates. And by Somali, I mean East Carolina. They are surely gone forever, since East Carolina does not actually exist in the United States, and therefore must by in an alternate dimension.
Sheep this week: Me, which I saw coming as soon as I kept Mississippi State in the Top 4. Baaaaaah.
THE BIAS LIST
|Tako||Mississippi St. (#4)||TCU (#6)|
|Brandon||Ohio State (#4)||Kansas St (#14)|
|Ryan||Marshall (#9)||Mississippi St (#7)|
|Sean G.||Colorado St. (#14)||UCLA (unranked)|
|Sean L.||Arizona St. (#12)||Arizona (#20)|
|Dave||Wisconsin (#10)||Auburn (#22)|
|Noah||UCLA (#11)||Marshall (#24)|
BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
Arizona @ Utah
USC @ UCLA
... are literally the only two games this week between ranked teams. Here's who the SEC plays this week:
Not an FBS team in the bunch. Shameful.