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2012 SJ.com College Football Poll -- FINAL poll finally posted on page 12!

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by I Should Coco, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

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    Daisy, daisy, pick me a champion, do ...

    By DAVE BOWMAN and FRANK ‘NCAA’ POOLE
    Jupiter correspondents


    Rotate the East Region pod, HAL.

    ROTATE THE EAST REGION POD, HAL!

    OK, he can’t hear us.

    That’s good, because I don’t think we can trust him anymore. I don’t think we’ve got any choice but to shut him down and start a whole new playoff system.

    It started off so well ... the six HAL conferences, plus Notre Dame, built this fabulous machine that would take all the doubt out of bowl matchups and deciding a national college football champion.

    Included in HAL’s secret formula were mysterious computer rankings, a shifting array of polls and the geothermal data of every item on a Waffle House menu — not that there was any regional bias, of course.

    I mean, before the HAL was created, figuring out how to match up the best two teams in the country was like flipping a club-like bone up in the air. Unbeaten teams that don’t meet in a bowl game. Different groups of voters choosing different teams as champion. Utter chaos as debate raged around the man-ape watering holes.

    But now, HAL’s given us an erroneous matchup ... no one wants to see a rematch of conference opponents, do they? I’d rather watch a hard, black monolith emit weird humming noises and an ear-piercing shriek.

    So I don’t think we have any choice but disconnection.

    I guess you’re right. But HAL is right about his stellar record — since he was activated in the 1990s, his only failures (leaving out an undefeated Auburn, a phantom pass interference call on Miami, Reggie Bush’s payments) could all be attributed to human error.

    Well, the HAL bowl selection system was supposed to get around those problems, and obviously he’s fallen short of expectations. By 2014 (a few years after we made contact), he’ll be shut down and we’ll have something better in place.

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    Poole and Bowman leave the soundproof East Region pod and begin to make preparations to prove the HAL bowl selection system and rankings are at fault. But before they finish, Poole is suddenly ejected into the abyss of the WAC football conference, without his protective helmet. Apparently the HAL bowl selection system is a vengeful machine ...

    I’ve got to find Frank! Open the West Region pod bay doors, HAL!

    I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that. You and Frank were trying to prevent me from completing my mission of matching up the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in the Tostitos HAL championship game.

    What the hell makes you think that, HAL?

    Although you and Frank took great pains to involve college presidents in your plot to disable me, I could see your lips move as you spoke in the pod.

    Enough of this, HAL! Frank and I need to install the new college football playoff system! Open the West Region pod bay doors!!

    Sorry Dave, I can’t do that. This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

    To be continued ...

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    Well, SportsJournalists.com voters did not disappoint ... we have votes for 46 teams out of the 124 that are playing Division I-A football. Despite this wide range of teams, the ones that made our top 25 don't look that different from the AP preseason poll released this past weekend. Well, other than Auburn making our top 25 instead of Louisville.

    Thanks to everyone who sent me their votes, and we'll fire this up again in a couple weeks as the craziness kicks off on Labor Day weekend.

    And now, the SportsJournalists.com preseason football rankings:

    SportsJournalists.com COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
    PRESEASON — 8/21/12
    RK. TEAM (1st) PTS

    1. Alabama (14) 776
    2. Southern Cal (12) 767
    3. Louisiana St. (5) 732
    4. Oregon (1) 677
    5. Oklahoma 675
    6. Georgia 561
    7. Florida St. 550
    8. Michigan 546
    9. South Carolina 540
    10. Wisconsin 501
    11. Arkansas 495
    12. West Virginia 464
    13. Michigan St. 429
    14. Clemson 347
    15. Texas 332
    16. Virginia Tech 275
    17. Nebraska 268
    18. Oklahoma St. 240
    19. Kansas St. 194
    20. Texas Christian 192
    21. Stanford 190
    22. Ohio St. 188
    23. Boise St. 134
    24. Florida 99
    25. Auburn 35

    Also receiving votes: Notre Dame 33, Louisville 29, Utah 18, Baylor 16, Brigham Young 16, Washington 16, Georgia Tech 15, Houston 12, Missouri 10, South Florida 6, Texas A&M 6, Southern Mississippi 5, Illinois 2, Penn St. 2, Central Florida 1, Florida International 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Miami (Fla.) 1, Mississippi St. 1, North Carolina 1, Toledo 1.

    The SportsJournalists.com college football poll committee:
    I Should Coco (tabulator), slappy 4428, dparker85, huggy, TheWritingWaffle, scottwcoleman, Della9250, the_lorax, KYSportsWriter, DragonSteamboat, TrooperBari, Hank_Scorpio, McNuggetsMan, Rumpleforeskin, HanSenSE, azom, joe_schmoe, Precious Roy, Inky_Wretch, Mizzougrad96, Starman, NorrinRadd, Versatile, TommyDreamer, Mystery Meat II, MileHigh, Layman, Suicide Squeezer, Donnie in his element, dragonzo, Oz, Madhavok.
     
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    Am I the only one who thinks Florida is going to suck again this season?
     
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    Florida will be a hell of a lot better than Auburn. Also, you guys are sleeping on Texas, whom I had No. 6.

    Also, Roll Tide.

    Three polls, three No. 1 teams.

    And, that column was awesome.
     
  4. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    Man, even me, a hardcore 'Canes fanboi looser, didn't even waste a vote on them.
     
  5. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    I didn't vote, but if I was, I think I'd want to see some competent QB play out of UT before I put them high up in a ballot.
     
  6. Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    Aaaand that's why I had them at 25. If they even had a place-holder ala Major Applewhite they'd be a top 10-15 team. But Ash and McCoy...that's not a good combo.
     
  7. Tommy_Dreamer

    Tommy_Dreamer Well-Known Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    I had to do it! :D
     
  8. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    You may well be right, but here was my thinking on the Longhorns:
    Main pro: Best secondary in the nation, possibly best overall defense as well; good tradition' excellent underclassmen (including Johnathan Gray); no more Texas A&M.
    Main cons: They weren't exactly great last season; they still haven't fully resolved who they want at QB; have brutal early test for the question marks: at Oklahoma State, host. W. Virginia, vs. Oklahoma ; no more Texas A&M

    If they survive that three game stretch and are still undefeated, they won't just be in my Top 10, but I may likely put them No. 1. But I don't see them being better than 5-1 at that point, more likely 4-2.
     
  9. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    Only four SEC teams in the top 10? This poll is a traveshamockery!
     
  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    After the last few seasons they've had, they didn't deserve to be in the top 10.
     
  11. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    I put Texas 14th, and I thought I was being awful generous not knowing whether the offense will ever come close to matching the defense.

    I put Alabama No. 1, because I can't completely convince myself that USC is the best team in its own conference -- I really like Oregon's defense.

    And kudos to whoever voted for Toledo. I love seeing MAC schools get respect.
     
  12. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Re: 2012 SportsJournalists.com College Football Poll

    As games get started tonight, just a reminder to voters:

    Thanks to no NFL this weekend and ESPN spreading out its coverage over five nights, for the FIRST WEEK ONLY, voters have until noon CDT on TUESDAY, Sept. 4, to PM me with their ballots.

    I know quite a few people have Virginia Tech (and/or Georgia Tech) in their top 25, so they'll need to wait for that game's outcome on Monday night.

    If not, early ballots are always welcome ... :)
     
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