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Power Poll: Week One

September 8, 2009

Alabama’s win against a solid Virginia Tech team makes the Crimson Tide a pretty easy choice as this week’s number one. Coming in at two, the U looked awfully strong in beating Florida State in Tallahassee. The biggest question this week: What to do about BYU?

The Cougars beat Oklahoma in what could be considered a home game for the Sooners. On the other hand, they did it with OU’s Heisman-winning quarterback on the sidelines for the second half. For now, the lower half of the top 10 seems reasonable.
Blatant Homerism Power Poll: Week One
1. Alabama
2. Miami
3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
5. California
6. BYU
7. Cincinnati
8. USC
9. Texas
10. Missouri

Linking Up: August 22

August 23, 2009

Musings while wondering why boxing always goes down “after dark”…

-Mike Balogun’s lawyer says his client is approaching a compromise with the NCAA that would be a “win-win” for all parties involved. What exactly does the NCAA have to win in this case?

-The Skinny says License to Wed is one of the top 10 comedies of this decade. Homerism says I’d rather ride a bike without a seat for 90 minutes than subject myself to that.

-Remember how the Associated Press removed its poll from the BCS process because the writers all of a sudden got religion about “creating” the news instead of reporting it? Would love to know why they even continue to publish it if that’s truly the case. If the AP poll names a different champ at the end of the season–as was the case in 2003–wouldn’t that “make” news? Funny thing is, I think the writers poll actually has more credibility.
Joe Buck Live returns September 22! Guests include Andrew Dice Clay, Rex Ryan and Mike Tyson.
-Every time Vince Young drops back to throw, Tim Tebow drops a spot in the NFL draft. I don’t think there is one good thing to be said about VY’s performance in Friday night’s preseason game against Dallas. Seriously, after watching him play two preseason games so far this year, I can’t envision any circumstance in which I’d put him in an NFL game that didn’t involve a four-touchdown lead and less than five minutes to play.
Young is one of the five best college football players I’ve ever seen, but he is a testament to the vast differences between the college and pro games for a quarterback. He certainly has attitude issues, but his real problems start with his skills as a passer. You just can’t “turn” a guy into an NFL-caliber thrower. Doesn’t happen.
-Homerism’s ranking of USC at number two in my preseason power poll has generated some discussion among his six or seven loyal readers. Yes, I understand that the Trojans will have a freshman at quarterback this year. Yes, I know Pete Carroll has a whole new defense coming in this year.
Read the explanation of my preseason ranking process carefully, though. I happen to think USC drops two or three games this season. How I see the season playing out is irrelevant, though. The factors working against USC–mainly a number of tough road games–bear no weight on these rankings. If you lined up the Trojans any of the 120 D-I teams on a completely neutral field in Mongolia, I’d favor USC right now over everyone other than Florida.
-Season one of my OU dynasty in NCAA 2010 ended today with the Sooners drilling Florida, 28-14, in the BCS title game. Three turnovers marred Tim Tebow’s final college game. So OU has that going for it.
-I really like the Saints this year.
-Homerism will be participating in a college fantasy football league this season sponsored by my homies over at GatorsFirst. We’re drafting on Monday night. If anyone has any advice, feel free to shoot it my way. While I love talking fantasy sports, few things are more boring than listening to people talk about their own fantasy teams. I’ll probably run down the draft results on Tuesday or Wednesday, at which point I’ll make a call as to whether or not I should give it much play during the regular season. If it sounds like something you’re interested in reading about, make your opinion known. Thanks.

Who’s Number Two?

August 21, 2009

Homerism orients the preseason version of my power poll towards perceived team strength, as opposed to my in-season poll, where I try to focus on actual achievement. The basic premise: if Team X and Team Y met up at Hamill Field on a Saturday afternoon in October, who wins?

Rivalries, momentum and whatnot are irrelevant. The team that I think has the best chance of beating everyone else is one, the team with the second-best chance is two, and so on. Bear in mind that this is not a prediction of how the season will actually turn out. With that caveat in place, here goes:

Blatant Homerism Power Poll: Preseason

1. Florida
The Gators certainly aren’t unbeatable, but they’re as clear-cut of a preseason number one as we’ve seen in a while. Not much more to say.

2. USC
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas
To be fair, USC, Oklahoma and Texas could be arranged in just about any order and it would still look right to me. I have the Trojans ranked second in this case based on talent and track record. Despite breaking in a new defense and questions about who will take over at quarterback, Florida is the only team better athlete for athlete. Additionally, Pete Carroll has demonstrated an unmatched ability to pump his squads up for high-profile matchups. Texas took the Trojans down what seems like oh so many years ago, but that has proven to be the exception to an otherwise ironclad rule. All things being equal, I’ll put USC just ahead of the Sooners and Longhorns. The Sooners may have the slightest of edges from a star power standpoint, leading to their higher ranking ahead of Texas.

5. Alabama
There’s less distance between ‘Bama and the top four than you think. Nick Saban’s team oozes talent all over the field, particularly on defense. The biggest flaw with this bunch looks like quarterback. OK, so it may not be fair to call it a “flaw,” but without anything really to go on in the way of Greg McElroy, we’re left to wonder if he can not mess up enough to keep the Crimson Tide in the thick of the SEC race. I suspect McElroy’s inexperience will hurt ‘Bama coming out of the gate, but this team will come on strong late.

6. California
Watch out for Cal. That team was much better than its record indicated last season. The Golden Bears certainly deserve mention as a potential dark horse for the national title. Besides constantly losing to USC, Cal typically finds a way to ruin an otherwise impressive season with a befuddling loss like the one inflicted on them by Maryland last year. Stay on point for an entire season and this group becomes a tough out.

7. Ohio State
Homerism can’t wait to see Terrelle Pryor in the pistol, but there are so many questions about the defense.

8. LSU
9. Ole Miss
10. Penn State
None of these teams knock my socks off. Ole Miss looks like the SEC West favorite, but that’s simply because the Rebels have such an easy road. Same goes for JoePa’s bunch. Someday, LSU fans will look back with regret at the “great day” coach Les Miles turned down Michigan to remain in the Bayou.
(Outside looking in: Georgia, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Arkansas, Virginia Tech)