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BlogPoll Ballot: Week 2

Here she is:

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU 2
2 West Virginia 4
3 Southern Cal 2
4 Florida --
5 Oklahoma 3
6 California 5
7 Wisconsin --
8 Louisville 3
9 Georgia 5
10 Penn State --
11 Nebraska 4
12 Rutgers --
13 Ohio State --
14 Texas 5
15 TCU 7
16 UCLA 5
17 Auburn 1
18 Boise State 5
19 Virginia Tech 2
20 Arkansas 1
21 Texas A&M 3
22 Oregon State 4
23 Boston College 3
24 Georgia Tech 2
25 Missouri --

Dropped Out: Michigan (#2), Oregon (#20), Tennessee (#24).

Half-baked reasonings:

1. LSU: I think top 25 ballots for the first two or three weeks should be based on a combination of a very short resume, and whatever justification you used while concocting your preseason ballot. Thus, even though I heard LSU's performance wasn't as impressive as it looked on the bottom line (I was at the U of L game), they were still more impressive in week one than USC (who I did watch), and I think they're still an overall better team than West Virginia (who I think played a better opening game).

2. West Virginia: I guess I'd just forgotten how truly frightening it is to watch that offense for 60 minutes.

3. USC: A convincing win in two weeks will almost certainly assure them of a jump back into the top spot barring LSU looking supernatural against Va. Tech on Saturday.

4. Florida: Western drove the ball down the field rather impressively on their first drive, but the game was over when David Elson elected to go for it on fourth and one inside the ten, a decision that ended with a predictable result.

5. Oklahoma: The Sooners did what it seemed Texas has done the past 15 years and absolutely humiliated a somewhat respectable North Texas program. DeMarco Murray proved he's the real deal (and then some) in his collegiate debut, but Allen Patrick is still the dude in Norman.

6. California: Sure the defense was spotty at times, but in three of the next four weeks they'll be challenged by teams decent enough for the unit to prove its worth.

7. Wisconsin: Every time I flipped this game on the Badgers had just made a big play, or were moments away from making a big play, so maybe they're getting more credit than they deserve here.

8. Louisville: Can't reward Murray State dominance no matter how much I'd like to.

9. Georgia: It's been more than two years since I first saw him, and I still love Matt Stafford. The defense isn't bad either.

10. Penn State: If someone knocks Jimmy's helmet off I swear to God I'll move you all up at least one spot regardless of what everyone else does.

11. Nebraska: For the second year in a row I continue to be much higher on the Huskers than I probably should be. It's that damn Bill Callahan and his dreamy press conference hand motions.

12. Rutgers: Uh oh, Mikey learned how to pass.

13. Ohio State: This team is going to be 8-0 come late October, and it's going to be so, so misleading.

14. Texas: Didn't understand what all the fuss was about before the season, understand it less now that the season has begun.

15. TCU: Every time I watch that Kansas City Chiefs show on HBO and see Casey Printers, I have nightmares for the next four days.

16. UCLA: Still not sold on the Bruins, but they're rewarded with a solid jump because of the less-inspiring play of some of their 15-25 range team brethren.

17. Auburn: I've never seen a more Auburn win than the one I watched Saturday night. It was like every non-2004 season Auburn win rolled into one impossible to watch for more than ten minutes victory.

18. Boise State: Let's not kid ourselves, they were going to be here in four weeks anwyay so why delay the inevitable?

19. Virginia Tech: Presason overrated suspicions confirmed.

20. Arkansas: Did anyone outside of Arkansas and Alabama see this game or remember that it had occurred once Sunday morning rolled around?

21. Texas A&M: And Dennis Franchione's signature season begins with something in between a bang and a thud...maybe a clang.

22. Oregon State: I really, really, really wish their game against Cincinnati wasn't being played at the same time as Louisville's against MTSU, because I'm extremely anxious to see how it plays out.

23. Boston College: Matt Ryan is without a doubt the real deal, but it's a shame that his arm is going to fall off before November because the Eagles have a worse running game than the Fat Camp Falcons (rough special teams too for the Falcons).

24. Georgia Tech: Taylor Bennett is getting way more trim than he deserves right now.

25. Missouri: I saw the blowout and not the collapse, so they get the nod over Hawaii for the coveted last spot on my ballot.