My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 7

This week’s ballot took longer to construct than last week’s.  It’s all Georgia Tech’s fault.


  • Alabama
  • Cincinnati
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Texas


  • Boise State
  • Georgia Tech
  • LSU
  • Miami
  • Oregon
  • Southern Cal
  • Virginia Tech


  • Damn you, Georgia Tech – and not for the usual reasons.  Naturally, after proclaiming that Virginia Tech was playing some of the best football in the country, I’m rewarded with the Hokies going into Atlanta and dropping one to the Jackets.  Stupid Hokies.  Georgia Tech scoring 28 didn’t surprise me, but watching the Tech defense hold the Va. Tech to 23 did.
  • And while I’m at it, damn you too, ACC.  I’ve got three ACC teams in my top twelve.  I don’t like doing that, but I can’t see any way around it.  And you just know one of the three is going to drop a game it shouldn’t.  One of the three?  What am I talking about?  It’ll be a mild upset if all three of them don’t lose a game like that.
  • LSU needs to start showing up and dominating some games.  It’s getting harder and harder to keep TCU out of my top twelve.
  • The easiest part of this ballot was the part of the top five that didn’t involve Cincinnati.  I moved the Bearcats up because they’ve got two solid road wins on their resume and continue to play sound, resourceful football.  I agree with the majority sentiment out there that Brian Kelly will be movin’ on up next season to a more prominent coaching job.
  • I couldn’t bring myself to put Notre Dame in my top twelve after Charlie Weis scored another memorable signature loss.
  • Sure, it was an ugly win for Southern Cal, but so what?  If the Trojans truly are a flawed team, that’ll come out in the wash of the remaining schedule.  Don’t forget that USC has beaten three ranked teams already; nobody in the country has more wins against ranked opponents.


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5 responses to “My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 7

  1. Hobnail_Boot

    5: Alabama, Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami, Southern Cal.
    7: Boise State, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Oregon, Texas, West Virginia.

    I also struggled after my top 4, and finally decided on Miami. I think they’ve done remarkably well against what has been a brutal schedule.

    I’m also not fully buying Texas or Florida yet as a top 5 team, at least not based on their current body of work. It was tough keeping Penn State and TCU out, as well.


  2. nola dawg

    Top 5: ‘Bama, Texas, UF, Iowa, Cinci; the rest: TCU, USC, LSU, Ga Tech, Miami, Oregon, Boise

    I have TCU and Boise in there, but if it were a placement ranking I’d have TCU above Boise. Boise has 1 solid win over an increasingly impressive Oregon, but that’s it. TCU hasn’t had that 1 team yet, but they have beat more solid or decent teams, and I think that’s harder in the long run than just playing up to one game (this would be an interesting debate to have between Pete Carrol and, until before last week, Tressel).

    With so many worthy undefeated and 1 loss teams, I couldn’t justify Va Tech in the top 12, but they are the best of the 2 loss teams, so I don’t expect that to last.


  3. Randall

    top 5: Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Miami, Texas
    next 7: USC, Cincinnati, Penn State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Oregon

    I dropped VT because I can’t justify a 2-loss team in the top 12 yet. I have the ‘Canes in the top 5 over Cincinnati because I think the loss to VT in near-flood conditions was a fluke. (and there is probably some anit-big east bias involved as well)


  4. Macallanlover

    I have the same Top 5 as you Randall,

    Bama, Florida, Texas, Miami, and Iowa (although I don’t think Iowa and Texas have played that well. I just couldn’t put USC who has lost to unranked Washington, and barely scraped by Ohio State and Notre Dame, in my top group. They have a couple of games where they earn their way back in if they are that good.

    Next 7 (no particular order) USC, Boise, Cincy, LSU, TCU, Oregon, and Penn State.

    This is a year where, if we had a playoff, the lowest seed could be capable of beating anyone above them, except maybe Alabama, and win it all. Hard to question anyone’s opinion at this point based on the weirdness we have seen this season.


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