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Week Whatever Blogpoll Ballot

Here is my ballot for this week. 

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama --
2 Oklahoma 1
3 Texas 1
4 Florida --
5 Penn State --
6 Southern Cal 1
7 Texas Tech 1
8 Utah --
9 Boise State --
10 Ohio State 1
11 Ball State 4
12 TCU 4
13 Cincinnati 4
14 Michigan State 4
15 Oregon 5
16 Boston College 5
17 Georgia Tech 5
18 Oklahoma State 8
19 Pittsburgh 4
20 Brigham Young 1
21 Georgia 8
22 Oregon State 8
23 Northwestern 1
24 Missouri 12
25 Iowa 1


Dropped Out: Florida State (#25).

Ok, so Brian asked us to pay close attention to the Texas/Oklahoma controversy this week and describe our reasoning. So I gave it a lot of thought and I'll try to explain my reasoning for flip-flopping the two teams this week. I put together a list of pros and cons for each team. This is what I came up with.

Pros Cons
Won the head-to-head
with Oklahoma
Had advantage of playing Oklahoma
on a neutral field
Nice win over Missouri Missouri isn't as great as originially
Lost to Texas Tech
Beat OSU by 4 at home
Weak out of conference

Pros Cons
Beat Texas Tech soundly Lost head-to-head
with Texas
Beat OSU by 20 on the road
Beat Big East Champ Cincinnati
by 26 points
Beat TCU by 25 points

As you can see, the pros pretty heavily outweigh the cons for Oklahoma in my book. I know Texas won the head to head matchup, but I watched quite a bit of that game and I can hardly say Texas established themselves as the better team. Both teams were trading scores and the lead all day long. It's a classic example of where the last team to hold the ball wins. If they had added an extra five minutes to the clock, Oklahoma probably would have scored and won.

So based on the overall resume, I have to go with Oklahoma here. They beat all the teams Texas beat more convincingly than the Longhorns did. They beat Texas Tech, who beat Texas, and they have the Cincinnati and TCU scalps on their belt.