Here's the Purple Wimple ballot to the SBNation BlogPoll for this week. Remember, I'm resume-polling, according to the Three Rules below.
The Purple Wimple Ballot - Week 8
|1||Boise St. Broncos||--|
|5||TCU Horned Frogs||-1|
|6||Michigan St. Spartans||--|
|9||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||8|
|12||Alabama Crimson Tide||--|
|14||Florida St. Seminoles||2|
|17||Ohio St. Buckeyes||-9|
|20||Virginia Tech Hokies||4|
|22||Mississippi St. Bulldogs||--|
|23||South Carolina Gamecocks||-13|
|24||West Virginia Mountaineers||--|
|25||San Diego St. Aztecs||--|
|Dropouts: Nevada Wolf Pack, Nebraska Cornhuskers, California Golden Bears, Air Force Falcons, Oregon St. Beavers, N.C. State Wolfpack|
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And now the ritual reading of the Three Rules: Rule #1: I make exceptions to all of the following rules, as I see fit, except for Rule #2. Rule #2: for at least one week, the winner of a game must outrank the loser of the same game. Rule #3A: We cannot measure a team’s quality until it beats a quality opponent. Rule #3B: Beating a 2A team is usually a meaningless exercise.
I don't feel like there's a whole lot to say about this week's ballot, except that I no longer place an unbeaten team lower than a one-loss team (or a two-loss team, for that matter). LSU, Missouri, and Oklahoma State are the beneficiaries of this movement.
I dropped Nebraska out of my ballot altogether, because Texas showed what I suspected already: Nebraska is not a powerhouse team. The 'Huskers resume consists of wins over beaten Kansas State and Idaho, and a loss to rebuilding Texas. Yippee for you, Big Red; now go beat somebody good.
Probably San Diego State's appearance on my ballot will spark a grumble or two; for you elitists who are offended, consider this before commenting: the Aztecs are two very bad calls (for which both the Big12 and the Mountain West have officially apologized) from 6-0, including a win over Mizzou in Columbia. In six days I bet Oklahoma won't be able to say the same.