Whether Or Not Florida Is Better Than Alabama Or Texas Tech, They Still Lost. That Means Something, Right?
Not a whole lot happened to shake up the top 25. No huge upsets, so there won't be a lot of movement to dispute. However, some voters still managed to screw things up.
Worst ballot ever: Jon Wilner. No surprise here... Wilner's a regular on this post. I probably don't even need to explain, once you see his top 4, but I will anyway:
4. Texas Tech
There are so many issues there, it's not even funny. Two teams with a loss over the two undefeateds? Texas over Texas Tech, after Tech had already beaten them, and also destroyed Oklahoma State, who played Texas close? Those rankings make no sense at all. I don't even have to go into the lower rankings, where he still has LSU at 13, but put Michigan State all the way down at 24. What a joke.
My main beef this week is with the people who are voting Florida higher than either Texas Tech or Alabama. Neither team has lost a game, and they have played several high quality opponents. Florida might have more talent, and they might beat Alabama in the SEC Championship. But until that happens, it's just senseless to rank them above teams that have played top-tier competition and win every game. Besides the aforementioned Wilner, I'm looking at you, Scott Wolf, Ray Ratto, Randy Rosetta and Maurice Patton.
Speaking of Maurice Patton, he was another huge loser in this week's polling. Here's a sample of his voting:
4. Texas Tech
13. Oklahoma State
Ummm... I have a few problems with this one. Oklahoma over Texas? I could have sworn we already know how that one turns out. Oklahoma AND Florida over undefeated Texas Tech? Missouri is #8 and Oklahoma State #13? Remember week 7? I guess not. Either Maurice Patton is a complete idiot, or he's a genius, and knows something that the rest of us don't. I'm going to guess the former. John Hunt and Mark Tupper also had Mizzou above Okie State.
Patton had Oklahoma at #2, which was the highest out of all the pollsters. But there were a few people who had them ranked above Texas, which I just can't wrap my head around. Patton must have seen something that I didn't, along with Barker Davis, John Heuser and Jason Franchuk.
You can check out the rest of the pollsters' votes here. Let us know if you see any that you strongly agree or disagree with.