Week 14 BlogPoll Results

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This week's BlogPoll results feature quite a bit of movement for the minimal on-field action we saw, and a disappointing finish for an extremely underwhelming team.

Being conference championship week, we didn't see too much on-field action. However, a loss to Alabama results in uga falling 2 spots (I disagree with this, they played Alabama tougher than anyone not named Texas A&M), and conference championships mean that Kansas State and Stanford are able to take a small hop up. BCS Buster Northern Illinois checks in at #16, which I disagree with wholeheartedly as they're yet to beat a BCS conference team with more than 1 win. Boise gets a solid boost with their 10th win against conference rival Nevada. Louisville stops a 2-game losing skid and sets themselves up to get stomped by play Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

Here's the poll. Check below for a discussion-worthy question.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 14

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (42) 24.59 0.88 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (11) 23.89 0.82 --
3 Oregon Ducks 21.43 1.88 --
4 Florida Gators (1) 21.20 1.95 Arrow_up 1
5 Kansas St. Wildcats 20.00 1.50 Arrow_up 2
6 Georgia Bulldogs 19.48 2.45 Arrow_down -2
7 Stanford Cardinal 18.38 2.27 Arrow_up 1
8 Ohio St. Buckeyes (2) 18.05 7.51 Arrow_down -2
9 LSU Tigers 17.05 2.14 --
10 Texas A&M Aggies 16.88 2.90 --
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 14.71 1.82 --
12 Oklahoma Sooners 14.36 2.43 --
13 Florida St. Seminoles 13.43 2.14 --
14 Clemson Tigers 11.82 1.39 Arrow_up 1
15 Oregon St. Beavers 9.82 3.19 Arrow_up 1
16 Northern Illinois Huskies 9.68 3.48 Arrow_up 3
17 UCLA Bruins 7.02 2.95 --
18 Utah State Aggies 6.66 3.10 Arrow_up 2
19 Boise St. Broncos 5.09 4.26 Arrow_up 4
20 Louisville Cardinals 4.84 3.31 Arrow_up 7
21 Northwestern Wildcats 4.25 3.42 --
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.00 3.82 Arrow_down -8
23 Michigan Wolverines 3.70 3.07 Arrow_down -1
24 San Jose St. Spartans 3.61 3.11 Arrow_up 2
25 Kent St. Golden Flashes 2.84 3.23 Arrow_down -7
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin Badgers | Texas Longhorns | Vanderbilt Commodores | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Baylor Bears | Fresno St. Bulldogs | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | Ball St. Cardinals | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Cincinnati Bearcats | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | San Diego St. Aztecs | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Toledo Rockets | Arizona St. Sun Devils | TCU Horned Frogs | North Carolina Tar Heels | USC Trojans | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Arizona Wildcats | Central Florida Knights | West Virginia Mountaineers
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 9:30 AM EST

I think it's silly that Northern Illinois is given the opportunity to play in a BCS Bowl game. They lost their only game against a BCS team with any sense of legitimacy (Iowa), and even then Iowa only won 3 more games after that. Their opponents' combined record is an abysmal 55-89 (as in, 34 games under .500). Now, I haven't watched them play, but I feel like it's very unimpressive to have 12 wins against such inferior competition. Their best win? Probably Kent St. in the MAC Championship game, the same Kent St. team that gave Kentucky its only win this season outside of Samford, and by a 30-plus-point margin. The Golden Flashes played a schedule against teams that were 14 games under .500, and their best win was undoubtedly against a then-undefeated and #15 ranked Rutgers team. That one impressive victory over a team that's proven itself, along with a slightly tougher schedule, would have made me a little more accepting were Kent St. the team that made a BCS bowl, but Northern Illinois making it is very disappointing to me given their extremely weak resume. I hate the idea that we're rewarding teams with some of the biggest prizes for succeeding despite not being challenged.

What say you, readers? Is Northern Illinois BCS-worthy? Is Kent St. BCS-worthy? Is Georgia Tech BCS-worthy? (That last one is a lot easier to answer.)

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