AP Top 25 College Football Rankings [Picking On The Pollsters]

My weekly college football feature where I breakdown each of the Associated Press Top 25 ballots. The mission is to hold these “experts” accountable, in hopes of improving the AP Poll in some small way by calling out all those writers who show far too much homerism to the team they cover, pointing out those we don’t think watched a single game, and those ballots that simply don’t make any sense. Oh, and occasionally I might even give someone a pat on the back when credit is due.

This week’s AP Top 25 poll is out and four new teams enter the rankings: North Carolina at 22, Michigan State 23, Pittsburgh 24 and Ball State 25. The top of the rankings remain relatively the same with all the big undefeated teams staying in similar positions. That will all change after this weekend with some huge head-to-head matchups, none bigger than #5 Texas vs #1 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl.

I don’t have to many problems with most pollsters top rankings, except for a few assorted writers continuing to believe in Texas Tech. Since they impressed with an explosive road win against Kansas State, I’ll lay off the criticism just for this week, but maintain they’re the most overrated team in football.

For what it’s worth I still believe that Southern California is the best team in the country. I wouldn’t rank them at No. 1, of course, it’s not deserved after losing to Oregon State. But should the Trojans win out, I’d hope to see Pete Carroll get an opportunity to play against the Big 12 or SEC’s best.

Here’s this week’s nit-picking at the week 7 ballots…

Worst Ballot: Chris Fowler (ESPN)

Chris is one of my favorite guys in all of sports, but he’s on notice this week for turning in his ballot before he went to bed on Saturday night. Fowler failed to realize Fresno State lost to Hawaii at home. That’s the only way to explain his keeping the Bulldogs ranked 21st.

Naturally, we have to discuss Jon Wilner (San Jose Mercury News). King of the “what have you done for me Saturday” balloting, Wilner bumped Vanderbilt up to 6th. Hey, that had a big win. That’s cool. But I have a hard time believe they are that much better than BYU and Florida, who he has ranked 18th and 19th, respectively.

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Adam Decker Tackle Makes Up For Cubs Devastating Loss

I’ll have some thoughts later on the Chicago Cubs and our continued wait for something special to happen in the postseason. For now, I remain speechless.

How does a sports fan cope? Focus on the good, that being the Michigan State Spartans winning a game they were outplayed on a 4th and 1 defensive stop. The remnants of John L Smith are officially gone.

Thank you Adam Decker, a helmet sticker is much deserved.

Graham Harrell Has 316 Yards Passing, 5 TDs in First Half vs Kansas State

Good Lord, man.

I thought Kansas State would put up an early fight against Texas Tech who before this afternoon was surely the most overrated team in the country. That may still be the case, but their offense is not.

316 yards passing for Graham Harrell in the first half. 5 touchdown passes. 417 total yards offense for the Red Raiders.

The Pirate will be happy tonight if this trend continues.

Wisconsin Marching Band Suspended vs Ohio State – No 5th Quarter Tonight

This one time, at band camp…

The University of Wisconsin Marching Band has been suspended for tonight’s showdown with Ohio State for “serious hazing allegations,” according to school officials.

Speaking at a news conference at the UW Welcome Center, Leckrone said he thought only a small percentage of the 300 band members were involved in any hazing, but that the members had a “shared responsibility” to behave appropriately.

“You don’t have any idea how hard it was,” he said. “It was like I can remember my father saying, ‘This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.’ ”

Leckrone did not describe the allegations in detail but said they involved alcohol consumption and “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Inappropriate sexual behavior and alcohol consumption? What do they think this is, college?

Most disappointing is the fact that those in attendance tonight, one of the biggest games on the Badgers home schedule, will not get to see the famous 5th quarter.

The 5th Quarter is one of the most recognizable traditions for any collegiate band and essentially involves: entire band begins by marching onto the field from the nearest endzone. They halt, face the winning team’s stands, and play that team’s school song. They then turn, face the other side, and play that team’s school song. After this the band breaks rank and essentially does whatever they want.

Normally played during the Fifth Quarter are songs such as “On Wisconsin“, “You’ve Said It All” (also known as the “Bud” song, referring to its beginning as the tune from a Budweiser commercial), “Space Badgers”, “Dance Little Bird” (The Chicken Dance), “Beer Barrel Polka“, “Tequila“, “Hey Baby”, and much more. Thousands of spectators remain in the stands for fifteen minutes after the game in order to enjoy the performance.

At the end of the Fifth Quarter, the band lines up once more to play Varsity, as the spectators sing. The band then exits the field to the north entrance to perform a little more and sing “It’s Hard to Be Humble”, after which the band marches to the Humanities building, where they are dismissed.

You can view a portion of this in the video above.

Ah, those crazy band dorks.