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Proofreading - 10/12/09

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Another week, another poll.  Before we publish our ballot, we like to do a little proofreading.  We call it that because the Blogpoll is supposed to be based on resumes, and not just on preseason hype or, heaven forbid, the status quo voting, where no team gets dropped unless they lose, that we all should have left back in 2004.

Anyway, before we post our combined ballot, I drop a a ballot-blob on the readership for comments and criticisms.  Teams are not, necessarily, listed in any specific order, just in general amorphous categories.  This is what polling would be if it had been invented by Democrats.  So, get clicky, but don't get mad when you get to the end.  I'm just as disappointed as the rest of you.

Undefeated National Title Contenders
ALABAMA
FLORIDA
TEXAS

This is pretty elementary now, right?

Enjoy your $13 million, but somebody needs to lose for you to get a real shot.
V. TECH
BOISE
CINCY
MIAMI
USC
TCU

The team that makes me most nervous about high inclusion is Miami, who couldn't find their own nuts in that Virginia Tech game.  However, their consistent wins over other good/living teams is enough to overcome my trepidation

Your early season embarrassment weighs on me.
IOWA 
OREGON

All wins over Top 5 teams aside, these two miracle babies are being treated like they were, somehow, not the biggest embarrassment to their respective conferences in Week 1.

Your resume has a flaw, which will bite you again, I think.
LSU 
OHIO STATE
SOUTH CAROLINA
GEORGIA TECH
BYU
OK STATE
HOUSTON

This is where it gets really amorphous.  How do you read, for example, South Carolina?  Or BYU?  These are teams whose wins and losses are looking worse and worse as the season moves along.

Thanks for nothing, winners.
SOUTH FLORIDA
KANSAS
PENN STATE
WISCONSIN
AUBURN
NEBRASKA

Until further notice, these remain the teams in poll purgatory, where winning teams with little or no substantive experience go (see how Ole Miss only meets one of those criteria?).  The writers may have dropped Auburn and Wisconsin from their polls (and I'm sure Penn State will rocket up to number 4 in a few weeks), but beating a couple of average teams is, apparently, good enough right now.

Do I have to do this again?
NOTRE DAME

This makes me so mad, I could eat nails and crap bullets.  Somebody please tell me how I can get to twenty-five without these clowns.