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Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:05 pm

2010 Top 25 Week 14

Sorry it's taken so long to post my top-25 for this week. But it has been a busy week.

This is the hardest part of the football season. Waiting anxiously for the bowls. And the better the bowl the longer the wait. Unbearable! But things seems to have turned out the way they were supposed to. Oregon versus Auburn. Unless you've been beating the drums for TCU. Don't worry about them. Could any of us imagine a team from a non AQ conference going to the Rose Bowl just a few years ago? But there they are the TCU Horned Frogs going to the Grand Daddy of them all. Plus they will be in a AQ conference next year.

This is my last post until after the bowls have concluded. I would like to thank everyone for reading my blog. One week I got over 4000 hits. That means someone out there is reading it. So thanks.

And now it time for my my top 25 ballot for The Best D@mn Poll In The Land.


1. Oregon - Going to the NC game. And the biggest question is...which uni combo will they
    wear? The rest is details. NEXT: Auburn (BCS National Championship Game) LW - 1
2. Auburn - Going to the NC game. And the biggest question is...will Auburn be able to get
    through an entire month with out another damaging CamGate revelation? 
    NEXT: Oregon (BCS National Championship Game) LW - 2
3. TCU - Here ya go Frogs. A big boy game versus a big boy opponent from a big boy
    conference. Now all you gotta do is win. Good luck with that. 
    NEXT: Wisconsin (Rose Bowl) LW - 3
4. Wisconsin - The Badgers Blitzkrieg rushing attack meets the #1 defense in the country.
    Something has gotta give. NEXT: TCU (Rose Bowl) LW - 4
5. Stanford - I have them at 5. But the BCS has them at 4. That means they get an auto bid to
    a BCS bowl. I say good on them. It would have been a travesty had they been left out for a 
    lesser team. I only wish they were playing Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. See I like a little  
    tradition. NEXT: Virginia Tech (Orange Bowl) LW - 5 
6. Ohio State - The most outlandish thing they have done in 50 years is wear red helmets. I
    can’t wait to see the insanity they try to pull of in 2060. NEXT: Arkansas (Sugar Bowl)
    LW - 6
7. Michigan State - Really regrets not playing Ohio St. right about now. Or losing to Iowa.
    One or the other. This is one of the hardest lessons to learn when seeking a BCS bowl bid. It 
    only takes one loss to screw up a really great season. As much as the Spartans think they are 
    being jobbed right now. The fact is they only have themselves to blame. They should have 
    beat Iowa. NEXT: Alabama (Capitol One Bowl) LW - 7
8. Boise State - And as a reward for losing to Nevada they get a bowl...in Nevada. I think
    Boise clobbers Utah. But this may be the one time Chris Peterson has to work to get his  
    team up for a game. NEXT: Utah (Las Vegas Bowl) LW - 8
9. Arkansas - Saw them musing on ESPN wondering if Ohio St. beats the Razorbacks will
    they finally be able to say the beat a real SEC team. You know. This SEC team that went 
    10-2. Give me a break. It will be a moot point if the Razorbacks win. NEXT: Ohio St.  
    (Sugar Bowl) LW - 9
10. Oklahoma - Big game Bob is in a BCS game and yet it probably doesn’t feel like as big of
    a game as it should. Sooners would be smart not sleep on UConn. The Huskies may be 
    overmatched. But I suspect these guys won’t go down with out a fight.
    NEXT: UConn (Fiesta Bowl) LW - 13
11. Nevada - Wolf Pack draw a Big East team for their Bowl, Boston College. BC is playing
    inspired D right now but Kaepernick and company will just be too much for them. Not to 
    mention BC’s offensive output is worse than Eastern Michigan’s. Don’t expect any Flutie 
    like Hail Mary’s by BC in this game. NEXT: Boston College (Fight Hunger Bowl)
    LW - 11
12. Virginia Tech - James Madison is almost ancient history now, especially in the minds of
    those that have short memories. And the Turkey Birds are playing good ball right now. But 
    I think they get beat they the ugly tree. NEXT: Stanford (Orange Bowl) LW - 16
13. Nebraska - So close. They had the BigXII-2 championship right in their grasp. And let it
    slip away. Or rather Martinez did as he got all butterfingery. Is butterfingery a word? My 
    spell check says no. NEXT: Washington (Holiday Bowl - Huskies get a redo.) LW - 10
14. Missouri - Is it me or are some great BigXII-2 teams getting every bodies leftovers in the
    bowls this year? NEXT: Iowa (Insight Bowl) LW - 12
15. LSU - Like the lucky Mad Hatter he is Les Miles and company have found themselves in
    one of the better bowl match ups this year. NEXT: Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl) LW - 14
16. Oklahoma St. - In many ways this team mirrors Oregon teams of the past couple of years.
    Explosive offense. Suspect defense. And always finding themselves a brides maid and never 
    a bride. But I think if the Cowboys can stay the course. Improve that defense just enough 
    and you just might see them playing in a national championship one of these days.
    NEXT: Arizona (Alamo Bowl) LW - 15
17. Texas A&M - Surprise team of the year to me. Now they gotta play the Mad Hatter. I
    think if the Aggies want to ensure a victory they need only the rewire the clocks at the 
    Cotton Bowl and they got this thing in the bag. NEXT: LSU (Cotton Bowl) LW - 19
18. South Carolina - I know they got beat up pretty good by the War Cash Eagles. But I
    think Cam Cash and company are playing their best ball right now. So I’m not so inclined 
    to punish Cocky too much. NEXT: Florida St. (Chick-fil-A Bowl) LW - 17
19. Alabama - The Tide is just waiting for Cam to declare for the draft so they can reclaim
    supremacy in the SEC. Which is exactly what will happen. 
    NEXT: Michigan State (Capitol One Bowl) LW - 18 
20. Utah - Has to play Boise State in their bowl. Enjoy your beat down. It isn’t going to be
    pretty. NEXT: Boise St. (Las Vegas Beatdown, I mean bowl) LW - 21
21. Hawai’i - I have noticed that Hawai’i spells their name with an apostrophe between the Is.
    But we mainlanders refuse to spell it right. But we’re all worried about offending Indians by 
    using a tribal name as a team name. What is up with that? NEXT: Tulsa (Hawai’i Bowl - 
    Isn’t it great to have your own bowl?) LW - 22
22. West Virginia - Bet your absolutely kicking yourself over that UConn loss right about
    now. NEXT: North Carolina St. (Champs Sports Bowl) LW - 24
23. UCF - Got a pretty good match up with Geogia in a bowl. A win in a bowl versus an SEC
    team would look good. Now all you gotta do is win. NEXT: Georgia (Liberty Bowl)  
    LW - NR
24. UConn - This is a team that wins U - G - L - Y. But they know how to will themselves to
    victory. People say they are going to get creamed by Oklahoma. I’m not so sure. 
    NEXT: Oklahoma (Fiesta Bowl) LW - NR
25. Florida State - Did the Seminoles do better with out Bobby coaching them this year. I’m
    not so sure. But I guess the change needed to be made sooner or later. So the question  
    is...should Joe Pa go too? I don’t see a difference. NEXT: South Carolina (Chick-fil-A 
    Bowl) LW - 20

PULL!!!: Norther Illinois, Maryland

Hoping to win their bowl so they can get on the poll: Maryland, Mississippi State, Navy, San Diego State, Tulsa, Northern Illinois

Wishing they were eligible to go to a bowl so they can get on the poll: USC


I'm not a writer. Just a blogger. So I don't have to be all neutral and stuff. Though I do try to be as much as possible. So I would like to end my regular season Top-25 blog with this:


Thank you and have a nice day.



Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 1:09 pm

2010 Top 25 Week 13

Crazy week end in Football. I'm stunned Boise lost. The best I thought Nevada would do is toy with us and pretend to make it a game. Of course for it to happen a kicker normally money turned into a shankapotomus x2. So unless Oregon St. pulls off the impossible and South Carolina pulls off the barely possible we are going to see an Oregon / Auburn National Championship game.

It ticks me off though that Oregon is number 2, two one-thousandths behind Auburn in the BCS now. Not because I'm an ego maniacal Duck fan. But because being number one will give Auburn first choice in what jerseys to wear. That will limit what Oregon can choose. Since The War Cam Eagles will wear their dark blue jerseys that means Oregon will probably wear all white unis with white helmets. I'm partial to the black unis and black helmets.  

But I get ahead of myself. There is still one more game to play. And if there is one thing I've learned from the Boise St. / Nevada game it's one more game means one more chance to choke. Choke and all you dreams go up in smoke. 

So say hooray for multiple uniform combinations. Get ready for a Civil War that's no where near the south. A SEC championship game that doesn't involve Alabama or Florida. And keep your eyes on the guys wearing Zebra stripes in the BIGXII-2 championship game.

And don't forget to enjoy my my top 25 ballot for The Best D@mn Poll In The Land.


1. Oregon - Cal game is ancient history now. Duck offense just fine. In fact I think one thing
   was learned by the Ducks in the Cal game has carried over. Grinding it out on the ground  
   isn’t necessarily a bad thing. LW - 1 NEXT: @ Oregon St.
2. Auburn - My new solid number 2. But can they beat the Gamecocks again? I hard to beat a
   team twice in one year. LW - 3 NEXT: South Carolina (SEC conference championship  
3. TCU - I was wondering what it would take to get TCU in the 3 spot. Boise losing worked
   like a charm. LW - 4 (Regular Season Over)
4. Wisconsin - Are they running up the score or does their competition suck so bad that even
   if the Badgers were in a coma they’d still slice through opposing defenses like a hot knife 
   through butter? LW - 5 (Regular Season Over)
5. Stanford - The two best teams in the PAC-10 will be in the same division in the PAC-12.
   I think I sense a new rivalry developing. Not that they liked each other before.
   LW - 6 (Regular Season Over)
6. Ohio St. - Cool red helmets. Welcome to the dark side. LW - 8 (Regular Season Over)
7. Michigan St. - Something just seems a little off with the Spartans. Plus that loss to Iowa
   looking worse every week. In fact Michigan St. is the only team in my top-9 that has a loss
   to a team that is no longer ranked. LW - 10 (Regular Season Over)
8. Boise St. - This was a tough one for me. But I couldn’t take them completely out of the
   top-10. Anyone who saw the game knows that the football gods were against Boise that  
   night. I’ll credit Nevada with the win. But who in the world would have thought a kicker that  
   was 13 of 16 in kicking field goals this season would shank two chip shots. I’ve already 
   started to hear his name spoken in the same breath as Scott Norwood. Such is football. Still 
   I think they can hang with any team in college football. Don’t tell Nevada though. 
   LW - 2 NEXT: Utah St.
9. Arkansas - Solved the Mad Hatter puzzle with some magic of their own and won a big
   game. As long as Auburn doesn’t blow it these little piggies will be bowling for sugar cubes.
   LW - 12 (Regular Season Over)
10. Nebraska - Their plans to steal the BIGXII-2 trophy and run away to the Big10+2 right
   on track...sort of. They’ll need Taylor Martinez to get past the Sooners.  
   NEXT: Oklahoma (Last BIGXII-2 conference championship game ever) LW - 13
11. Nevada - A lot of people believe there are no good teams in the WAC but Boise. But I
   believe when you have a totally dominant team like Boise in your conference you have two 
   choices. You can just roll over and bow to the dominance of that team or you can elevate 
   your play. Recruit better. Practice better. And work to knock off that team. Teams like 
   Nevada and Hawaii are surely sick of hearing Boise this and Boise that. But lets face it 
   Bosie has forced some teams in it’s conference to improve to compete. The WAC is no 
   longer a one team conference. Of course next year it probably won’t be a conference at all.
   NEXT: La. Tech LW - 16 
12. Missouri - Why do I have the Tigers ahead of Oklahoma? Because they beat the Sooners.
   And I think if they played again Missouri would win again. (Regular Season Over)
   LW - 14
13. Oklahoma - Well the team with the most BIGXII championship game appearances is
   going back again. Nothing like consistency. If you like re-runs. By the way the Sooners 
   have been there 7 times and are 6-1. Doesn’t look good for the Cornhuskers. 
   NEXT: Nebraska (BIGXII-2 conference championship game) LW - 15
14. LSU - Smoke and mirrors only works so long before someone sees though the ruse. Best
   way to combat smoke and mirrors is with smoke and mirrors of your own. I wonder if right 
   now Les Miles is complaining about how lucky that Arkansas team is? 
   (Regular Season Over) LW - 7
15. Oklahoma St. - Did you know the Cowboy’s pass defense is ranked 110th in the nation.
   That five places worse than Michigan. And the entire state of Michigan is calling for the 
   Wolverine defensive coordinators head. Okie St. will never get past a pass happy 
   Oklahoma Sooners in the future to win the BIGXII-2 without improving that pass defense. 
   (Regular Season Over) LW - 9  
16. Virginia Tech - The Turkey Birds have definitely saved a season the was a smoking wreck
   a few weeks ago. But I gotta say I’ve seen some voters ranking VT as high as 7th. 
   Really!?! I’m mean come on, Really!?! And then ranking a one loss Boise, who beat VT by 
   the way, Seven spots lower. Even the Coaches poll put Boise ahead of VT. And don’t get 
   me started on ranking a two loss team who lost to an FCS team in the top -10 at all. Sigh.  
   LW - 17 NEXT: Florida St. (ACC conference championship game)
17. South Carolina - Note to the Ole Ball Coach. Bench Garcia again and the result against
   Auburn will be the same. You WILL lose. NEXT: Auburn (SEC conference championship 
   game) LW - 19
18. Alabama - Probably the best 3 loss team in the country for what it’s worth. But gotta rank
   them behind South Carolina. You know that whole head to head thing and all. Just a tip for 
   the future. You receivers can support your freshman QB coming in at the last second by 
   catching the ball. Just thought I’d pass that on. (Regular Season Over) LW - 11
19. Texas A&M - >Insert Aggies joke here.< (Regular Season Over) LW - 18
20. Florida St. - Contractual obligations require me to rank a Florida team. NEXT: Virginia
   Tech (ACC conference championship game.) LW - 22
21. Utah - That was one heck of a Holy War. Notice how I put heck and holy in the
   same sentence? The game didn’t look to holy to me. Doubt the Utes care. 
   (Regular Season Over) LW - 23
22. Hawaii - The Warriors win over Nevada looking pretty good right about now. Yes that
   loss to Colorado wasn’t their most glorious moment. But the Buff had flashes of greatness 
   this year. Like when they beat Georgia and Kansas St. NEXT: UNLV LW - 25
23. Northern Illinois - Laid a Wisconsin like beat down on E. Michigan. NEXT: Miami, Oh
   (MAC conference championship game) LW - 24
24. West Virginia - Finally we’ve have a Big East sighting in the top-25. Funny thing is
   with one week to go there is still a chance 5 of the 8 teams in the Big East could finish in a 
   tie for first. This conference has got to get it’s act together or give up it’s AQ status.
   NEXT: Rutgers LW - NR
25. Maryland - The Turtles saved their best for last beating a ranked N.C. State team who
   clearly hated to be ranked and was in a hurry to return to obscurity. 
   (Regular Season Over) LW - NR

Teams in a hurry to return to obscurity: N.C. State, Arizona

Arrived too late to get on the top-25 bus: UCF, Mississippi St, UConn, Navy, San Diego St, Tulsa, Arizona


Has anyone noticed all three of the current independent teams wear gold helmets. I think they should just find five more teams wearing gold helmets and form a conference called the Golden Dome Conference. Or GDC for short. Just a thought. Till next week. Last top-25 before teams go bowling.






Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:33 pm

2010 Top 25 Week 12

Well its hate week in the SEC. Quite a few rivalries being played this week around the country in fact. None will have more eyes on it than the Iron Bowl. Cam leaves his ear plugs in to drown out distractions and travels to Tuscaloosa. I think the Tide will be ready for him.

Other big games include Arizona @ Oregon, Boise St. @ Nevada, Oklahoma @ Oklahoma St. and Michigan St. @ Penn St. All of these games will have a huge impact on who we see in the BCS games this year. And all of these games have upset potential.

So buckle up people, strap on your leather helmets, and be careful not to spill that beer because we are in the home stretch of the 2010 college football season.

And while your waiting take a gander at my top 25 ballot for The Best D@mn Poll In The Land.


1. Oregon - Had a successful bye week. Hey, I'm sure it's possible to screw up a bye week. 
    NEXT: Arizona  LW - 1
2. Boise St. - Fresno St couldn’t complain about the Bronco uniforms blending in with the turf.
    Those orange unis were definitely obvious out there on the blue. NEXT: @ Nevada LW - 2
3. Auburn - The Tigers bye week wasn’t as much fun. The stories about War Cam Eagle are
    not going away. And neither is the Tide. Could be a tough week for the Tigers. Then again  
    Cam seems to be deaf to all the noise. NEXT: @ Alabama LW - 3
4. TCU - The Frogs can do nothing else to help themselves. They are stuck behind Boise St.
    They could put up 100 points at New Mexico and it will do no good. NEXT: @ New 
    Mexico (If Mexico actually cared about college football they would ask the state of New  
    Mexico to change it’s name and the name of its colleges.) LW - 4
5. Wisconsin - The Baadgurzzz do can nothing more, at this point, than to just abuse their
    remaining opponents. Which is exactly what they have been doing. Say what you want 
    about Michigan’s defense but it gave up less points to Wisconsin than Indiana. It’s a good 
    thing I’m typing this I’d never be able to say it with a straight face. NEXT: Northwestern 
    LW - 5
6. Stanford - Luck is playing his way into the Heisman race. More importantly they just might
    find themselves an at large pick in a BCS bowl game. Not bad for a bunch of tree hugging  
    brainiacs. NEXT: Oregon St. LW - 6
7. LSU - No offense to the Fighting Mad Hatters, but they have no business playing for a
    national championship having not even won their division. I would rather see a one loss 
    Auburn, Oregon, or Wisconsin there. NEXT: @ Arkansas LW - 7
8. Ohio St. - Face it Buckeye fans, Wisconsin is not going to lose to Northwestern. Your
    chances of winning a Big 10+2 conference championship died with Dan Persa’s Achilles 
    tendon. NEXT: Michigan LW - 9
9. Oklahoma St. - All off season all we heard was how Nebraska was going to play
    Oklahoma or Texas in the BIGXII- 2 championship. Someone forgot to tell Oklahoma St. 
    and Missouri. NEXT: Oklahoma LW - 11
10. Michigan St. - Spartans trying like crazy to stave off a late season meltdown. Fortunately
     for them Purdue has meltdowns down to a science. NEXT: @ Penn St. LW - 10
11. Alabama - Defending national champs find themselves in odd territory this week, as
     spoilers. NEXT: Auburn LW - 12
12. Arkansas - I know I have been on the Razorbacks all year about winning the big one.
     Beating a team, like LSU, that seems to win against all odds would make it easier to believe 
     in them. NEXT: LSU LW - 13
13. Nebraska - Bo Pelini seemed to be doing his best Nick Saban imitation with Taylor
     Martinez. Except Saban looked like he was doing some zealous coaching and Pelini was  
     having a zealous meltdown. Blaming the officials every week is getting old too. You can’t 
     tell me the officials were the primary reason the Cornhuskers scored only 6 points. NEXT: 
     Colorado (I’ll laugh if Colorado gets the benefit of some questionable officiating calls since
     the Buffs are also moving out of the BigXII-2 too.) LW - 8
14. Missouri - Finishes the season with the biggest love filed rivalry since the crusades.
     Sometimes I wish they would stop just playing around and finally nuke each other. 
     NEXT: @ Kansas LW - 14
15. Oklahoma - The Sooners last regular season game with Okie St. features two of the best
     offenses in the country. So naturally it will be the team that plays the best defense that 
     will win. Makes sense to me. NEXT @ Oklahoma St. LW - 15
16. Nevada - I think the Wolf Pack has a real chance to beat Boise St. A real small one that is.
     NEXT: Boise St. LW - 16
17. Virginia Tech - The Fighting Tyrod Turkey Birds are still waiting to see who, from the
     Atlantic division, wants to offer themselves up as a sacrifice in the ACC championship game
     NEXT: Virginia LW - 17
18. Texas A&M - After a 9-6 win over the Cornhuskers I can’t help but tell at least one more
     Aggie joke. The Aggies were playing Baylor. It was near the end of the game and Baylor  
     was ahead by 4. Someone threw a firecracker and the Bears thought it was the gun and 
     ran off the field celebrating. Three plays later the Aggies scored and won!! NEXT: Texas 
     (Remember when Texas was the good team rubbing the Aggies noses in their mediocrity? I 
     think A&M is going to take out a lot of frustration on the Longhorns.) LW - 20
19. South Carolina - Hopefully the Gamecocks will avoid looking ahead of Clemson to their 
     show down against Auburn. History says otherwise. NEXT: @ Clemson LW - 18
20. Arizona - Arizona and Iowa have been best buds hanging around each other in the polls.
     After this weekends showdown with Oregon the Wildcats will have the opportunity to join 
     the Hawkeye’s in the unranked section. NEXT: @ Oregon LW - 21
21. North Carolina St. - You know every time I rank these guys they promptly lose. But the
     football gods appeared to be with the Wolfpack this week. So I’ll give them another try.
     By the way. Has anyone noticed that N. C. State spells Wolfpack as one word, and 
     Nevada spells it as two words? My spell check only complains when I spell it as one 
     word. Just saying. NEXT: @ Maryland LW - NR
22. Florida St. - Every week it is getting harder and harder to find a team from Florida to rank.
     It’s FSU’s turn. They will of course blow it versus Florida. Then it will be the Gator’s turn 
     to be ranked. NEXT: Florida LW - NR
23. Utah - I was all ready to pull the Utes from my top-25 until they went all shootout on the
     Aztecs. NEXT: UNLV LW - 24
24. Northern Illinois - NIU’s debut in my poll my may have more to do with my unwillingness
     to rank a 4 loss team than how I feel about the Huskies. But here they are. We will see if 
     they stay. NEXT: @ E. Michigan LW - NR
25. Hawaii - You know the Warriors have a killer offense. In fact they have the #1 passing
     attack in the country. Bryant Moniz threw for a school record 560 yards this week end. 
     More than Colt Brennan passed for. And they beat Nevada. So they have earned the final 
     spot in this weeks top-25.

End of season meltdown fully in progress: USC, Iowa, Mississippi St., Miami, Fl

Looking for a last chance gas station: USC, Iowa, Mississippi St., Navy, UCF, West Virginia, Florida


You all have to admit this has been a different kind of year in college football. Mixed in with the big power house teams we see Non AQ teams and teams that are just now coming into their own. It's been a fun year not just talking about the same old teams. Change is good. And college football is the greatest sport there is.



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