Naturally, there is a big shake up with Oklahoma and Wisconsin both going down in dramatic fashion. most of the top 25 was in action yesterday, so we got a good idea of what's going on. Here is this week's ballot, with my rationale at the bottom:
Hammer & Rails Ballot - Week 9
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||--|
|3||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||2|
|5||Boise St. Broncos||-1|
|7||Kansas St. Wildcats||2|
|11||Michigan St. Spartans||2|
|13||Virginia Tech Hokies||7|
|16||Texas Tech Red Raiders||--|
|18||South Carolina Gamecocks||7|
|19||Texas A&M Aggies||-2|
|20||Penn St. Nittany Lions||3|
|22||Arizona St. Sun Devils||--|
|23||TCU Horned Frogs||--|
|24||Southern Miss. Golden Eagles||--|
|Dropouts: Auburn Tigers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Illinois Fighting Illini, West Virginia Mountaineers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Washington Huskies|
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And now, your analysis:
- The rule of undefeateds, as I call it, is working. Oklahoma and Wisconsin showed no interest in wanting to win the title, especially Oklahoma.
- The bottom of the poll felt like throwing crap at the wall. It was a joy to remove Notre Dame, but with Illinois, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Washington all suffering bad losses it meant a lot of new teams.
- I toyed with the idea of throwing us in at #25, and if we had beaten Penn St. I likely would because we'd be leading our division at the moment. It's odd, but we're probably a handful of play from being 6-1 right now. It's like 2009.
- Miami is back on my radar. They are another team just a handful of plays from a much better record. They needed one defensive stop each at Maryland and Virginia Tech, and the loss, by a foot, to Kansas State is not a bad one.
And now, we also have the administration of the H&R pick 'em, and our first two-time winner.
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Congratulations to Russell Schneider for winning this week's Hammer & Rails Pick 'Em and the $10 gift certificate from Gameday Depot. Be on the lookout for a confirmation email with instructions on how to claim your prize.
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This week's top ten and the season top ten are below the jump. You can view the full standings at the Yahoo! group page.