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California Golden Blogs College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 11

How would the CGB writers vote if they were responsible for the national college football rankings?

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Here is this week's Top 25:

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

California Golden Blogs Top 25 - Week 10

Rank Team Delta
1 Clemson Tigers --
2 Ohio State Buckeyes Arrow_up 1
3 Oklahoma State Cowboys Arrow_down 1
4 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_up 1
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Arrow_up 2
6 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_up 5
7 Iowa Hawkeyes Arrow_up 3
8 Michigan State Spartans Arrow_up 5
9 Florida Gators Arrow_up 5
10 Baylor Bears Arrow_down 6
11 North Carolina Tar Heels Arrow_up 6
12 Houston Cougars Arrow_up 3
13 TCU Horned Frogs Arrow_down 1
14 Stanford Cardinal Arrow_down 8
15 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_up 1
16 Utah Utes Arrow_down 8
17 Navy Midshipmen Arrow_up 3
18 LSU Tigers Arrow_down 9
19 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_up 4
20 Northwestern Wildcats Arrow_up 2
21 Florida State Seminoles Arrow_up 4
22 Washington State Cougars NEW
23 Oregon Ducks NEW
24 USC Trojans NEW
25 Memphis Tigers Arrow_down 4

Teams dropped from last week's Top 25: Temple OwlsUCLA Bruins, Mississippi State Bulldogs

Others receiving votes: Toledo Rockets, Bowling Green Falcons, UCLA Bruins


Hey guys, this was an interesting week of football! Let's see how it impacted your ballots.

How many Pac-12 teams do you have on your ballot?

What are your thoughts about the CFB Playoff picture?


I don't think any team right now is in great position for the playoff.  Clemson still will have to play a surging North Carolina team.  Ohio State has to play MSU and Michigan.  Bama has the easiest route to the playoff with their only tests Auburn (only because it's the Iron Bowl) and Florida in the SEC Championship game.  The Gators have not looked like they are ready for that big time game and they need a lot of time to figure out their offense.  Iowa is still undefeated but I can see them losing at Nebraska in 2 weeks and most certainly losing to either Michigan State or Ohio State.  The Big 12 is still up for grabs between Baylor and the Oklahoma schools (TCU has no chance after their blowout loss to OK State).  Don't sleep on Baylor beating OK State and TCU back to back.  We all know the Pac 12 is done and I've been saying this entire year how weak the conference is.  Hopefully we can still get 10 teams in the postseason and win the rose bowl.


I doubt the playoffs will feature the top four teams in my ballot.  Oklahoma State's voodoo magic will run out before the end of the season.  Ohio State faces a tough two weeks against Michigan State and at Michigan.  I doubt fellow undefeated Big Ten team Iowa will climb into playoff contention, as the Hawkeyes are longshots to win the conference championship game (and they may be upset before then).  If any of the P5 undefeated teams slips, I'd put Oklahoma in the playoff.  Since losing to Texas, they have been destroying everything in their path.  Plus, it's been a few years since Bob Stoops has blown a big postseason game, and he has a reputation to uphold.

After I praised Bowling Green's Matt Johnson last week he had his worst game of the season (3TDs-1 int, 269 yards on 6.6 ypa), but the Falcons still won comfortably.  My 5700-yard projection for him may be in doubt, but 5500 is certainly attainable.

The Cougs make their glorious debut in my ballot with a late win over the Bruins.  It's great to see them performing well.  Their fans certainly deserve it and I hope this buys us at least a few more years of Mike Leach in the Pac-12.


I've completely lost interest in this.  I'll just give a +1 to PerryScope's ballot . Honestly, there's nothing about this I feel strongly about.  In fact, the committee thing has sort of taken the fun out of it, IMHO.  I am surprised some of you still have Memphis ranked, I wouldn't rank them if I were drawing up my own ballot, but I don't feel like going through a bunch of OK teams to figure out who should be.  I'm proud of PerryScope for having neither Ole Miss or Miss State in his rankings.

Nick Kranz:

Here's my poll. I don't like it very much, but I didn't have enough time this week to really put a ton of thought and effort into it. North Carolina and Iowa are friggin' impossible to deal with, and it seems like we've had even fewer meaningful non-conference games than usual to judge teams with.


After all that, it turns out our ballots were all pretty similar. We all had 5 Pac-12 teams on the ballot except Berkelium who had 4. Most everyone had USC though, and I still had UCLA despite the last-second loss to Wazzu, which I thought was more impressive than escaping a largely Sefo-less Colorado Buffs squad, as the Trojans did. I could see the argument for voting for Memphis, but I think Berkelium's touting of Matt Johnson the last few weeks won me over and I voted with him for Bowling Green instead.

Mpeters10 was the only person not to vote for Northwestern this week. He was a lot more bearish on TCU, than anyone else, which I get, because they didn't put away a terrible Kansas team. He's a lot higher on USC and Oregon than the rest of us were this week. I'm a lot higher on Houston than anyone else. Apart from that, not a lot stood out this week, despite the tumult.

OK, full ballots:

CGB T25 W11