Well, Tech (8-1) didn’t come close on my Associated Press ballot. I voted the Hokies 14th, one spot higher than I did last week, following their uninspiring 14-10 escape at Duke.
So of the four teams ahead of Tech that lost – Clemson, Michigan State, Kansas State and Wisconsin – I elevated the Hokies above the latter two. But I nudged unbeaten Houston, which I had 17th last week, ahead of Tech.
Michigan State (6-2) may irk some Hokies fans, but the Spartans have two wins, at Michigan and home against Wisconsin, that I consider better than any of Tech’s.
Never did I consider voting Tech ahead of Clemson. They have the same record, and the Tigers dusted the Hokies 23-3 in Blacksburg earlier this month. Moreover, Clemson has three wins – Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech – that are more impressive than the Hokies’ best, over Wake Forest and Miami.
Yet the coaches’ poll has Tech No. 11 and Clemson No. 12. And to think, that poll helps determine which teams play for the BCS title.
At least my fellow hacks got it right. The AP poll has Clemson 11, Tech 12.
Here’s a link to the poll.
And here’s my ballot:
1. LSU (8-0): Trust Les Miles has a crisp, new lid for Saturday night’s showdown at Alabama.
2. Alabama (8-0): Appears Nick Saban chose wisely in awarding the quarterback job to A.J. McCarron.
3. Oklahoma State (8-0): The Cowboys toyed with Baylor 59-24 and may do same with Kansas State.
4. Stanford (8-0): Hope you stayed up late for the Cardinal’s 56-48 triple-OT victory at Southern California. Guessing at Oregon State won’t be as a dramatic.
5. Boise State (7-0): The Broncos head to UNLV after a week off. Unless Jerry Tarkanian recruits this week for the Rebels, no contest.
6. Oregon (7-1): Tailback LaMichael James (elbow) saw limited action in Saturday’s 43-28 conquest of Washington State. The Ducks may need more from him at Washington.
7. Arkansas (7-1): The Razorbacks barely survived Vanderbilt (31-28) and its quarterback, Jordan Rodgers, brother of Aaron. They host South Carolina this week.
8. Oklahoma (7-1): Previously unbeaten Kansas State may never recover from Saturday’s 58-17 thrashing and Landry Jones’ school-record 505 passing yards. The Sooners could post similar numbers against defenseless Texas A&M.