My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 9

With Oregon’s stunning win over USC, the Boise State-TCU debate heats up, but it’s not as big a deal with approval voting – at least for this voter.


  • Alabama
  • Cincinnati
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Texas


  • Boise State
  • Georgia Tech
  • LSU
  • Oregon
  • Penn State
  • Southern Cal
  • TCU


  • In the end, I stood pat.  As hard as I thought about dropping Southern Cal out of the top twelve, I was hard pressed to come up with a substitute I liked better.  I’m not that enthralled with Pittsburgh and three of the other prominent two-loss teams – Cal, Ohio State and Notre Dame – have all lost to the Trojans.
  • That being said, I loved the way Oregon played in that game.  I seriously considered pushing Cinci out of the top five to make room for the Ducks.  I may still do so at some time in the future if they keep that up.
  • It took about 30 minutes to put this ballot together, with the vast majority of that time being spent on those two issues.


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9 responses to “My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 9

  1. Jim

    You may want to rethink your vote on Texas. They are real and getting better with a defensive coodinator who at least learns from past experience. They will win the national championship, especially if they play the gators. I will enjoy that game.


    • Rethink how? I’ve got the ‘Horns in my top five. I can’t vote ’em any higher.


    • Rbubp

      Such certainty…it must be nice. How much you layin’ on that, Jim?

      I have a scenario for you I know they’ve been talking about in your part of the world:

      Texas’ schedule SUCKS. They may lose ground playing the Big 12 championship game against Iowa State or whoever. So Alabama keeps winning and Florida keeps winning and UT levels off because of their terrible schedule, especially if they slip up and beat one of those bottom-feeders by ten points or less…and Alabama and Florida play a really close game in the SEC title game…and you know where I’m going with this.

      Math’s a bitch. And Mack Brown ought to start thinking about playing a real team in the non-conference schedule.


      • Jim

        If you think the rest of the nation is going to tolerate a rematch of two bad offensive teams for the national championship, you are mistaken. Watch the poles, votes and computer rankings mysteriously change as we come closer to the SEC championship game to prevent this. I am not a Texas fan but live here. Do you remember what happened to GA at the end of the season a couple of years ago.

        We (GA) lost to a Florida team which is nowhere as good as they were last year. It is not that Fla beat us the last two years, we imploded. We beat ourselves. Still in both of those games, there was a point when we could have still pulled it out. However, the cumulative bad coaching cost us the games.

        I want Texas to play and beat Fla as I believe they gave the best chance. 1. The Texas offense is still good enough to score on Fla. 2. Muschamp hates the Gators and has had plenty of experience against the spread. He is smart enough to adapt to his completion.

        Of course if Alabama or LSU beats Fla in the SECCG, then I will pull for either one of them.


        • rbubp

          The Texas offense has no discernible running game. I’m unsure how you think they will do better versus teams with better defenses than they did against OU.

          Texas may be good, don’t get me wrong, but my point is still that yours and my opinions about how good those offenses at UA and UF may have nothing to do with it. Texas’s schedule is bad enough

          —that they may not get into the championship because of their weak schedule.—

          Look at who they play. It’s a math game as much as anything–that is how they get to 1 and 2, don’t forget: Numbers.


  2. AusDawg85

    USC stunk it up…again. Let Houston, Pitt or even Utah have their day in the sun before, inevitably, letting the men of Troy back into the picture as some of these teams will finally face showdowns late in the season.


  3. Macallanlover

    I still don’t see Iowa in the Top 5. The last two weeks have me wondering why I even keep them in the Top 12. No problem for me dropping USC, they struggled with Ohio State, let Notre Dame get close in the 4th Qtr, lost to Washington, and got crushed by Oregon.

    Oregon could deserve a spot but not before Boise. That opening loss to the Broncos was not a fluke, Oregon had zero first downs in the 1st half of that game. The score was only as close as 11 points due to a couple of turnovers by Boise after the game was well in hand. Boise deserves a higher spot than Oregon until they stumble, or start to struggle. So far, they are very solid against all levels of competition and worthy of a BCS spot.

    I would love to see a “play-in” game in early December with the top rated”BCS busters” to get that spot. This year TCU and Boise would be very entertaining match-up for a play-in game, and provide credibility for the winner’s strength of schedule. It wouldn’t make Senator Hatch very happy but is logical when you consider the risk three conferences take with championship games played the first week of December.


  4. Normaltown Mike

    Iowas is terrible. I wasn’t in Jax to see the Winder Barrow Bulldoggs play Florida, so I watched a hefty portion of Iowa v. Indiana. At home vs a Big 10 bottom dweller, Iowa looked horrible. The Hoosier’s play calling was as bad as I’ve seen since Woody Woodenhofer roamed the sidelines.


  5. Rbubp

    I don’t know how you can put Cincy in there over Oregon at this point. I mean, I “know,” in that one team is undefeated and the other team lost a true road game a long time ago to a top-10 team it would likely beat right now…