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Who Needs a Blogpoll: Week Twelve - Hater's Paradise

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So, we needed a playoff to tell us Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State would be in the Top Four? Gotcha.

Grown dudes were hitting yesterday.
Grown dudes were hitting yesterday.
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Yesterday was almost hater's paradise (for me, at least): An overvalued TCU team nearly lost to woeful Kansas, a team that Baylor beat by 46 points, incidentally; Alabama stormed to a three-score lead and then cruised for a half over then-Number One Mississippi State; Auburn got absolutely demolished with nothing more tricky than a zone defense and a toss sweep; Notre Dame choked to one of the worst Power Five teams, losing to abysmal Northwestern; Arizona State, one of the challengers for a second SEC playoff spot, got Beaver'd in Corvalis....then, then we get to Florida State. At some point every season, even bizarre logic folds upon itself to meet with conventional wisdom, if not eventually become part of the narrative. Such is the case with Florida State.

• Alabama: Some warts on this team, to be sure. But, for a squad we expected to lose 2-3 games, with a rebuilt offensive line, a new starting QB, questions at the corners, and a new offensive scheme, this has been a fun ride. The defensive line is as deep and as nasty as Saban has ever had. The corners have gotten better each week, at least the starters. Blake Sims' leadership is palpable. This team trusts him, and it shows. Conversely, Mississippi State is an excellent team. Swapping these two, based on head-to-head, seems fair. There is, frankly, no way that Dan Mullen remains a Bulldog at the end of the season. Michigan, Florida etc. will call with a $4m check and resources and talent that Starkville will never be able to match.

• Florida State: Face it, Jimbo Fisher sold his soul to Old Scratch, and Jameis Winston is such a comically-awful person that to call him a heel is to do disservice to true foils like Snidely Whiplash. No one has been able to derail the horseshoe-load of incredible luck and fortuitous bounces yet. Likewise, no one thinks this is a top four team; no one. That's why, when they face someone like an SEC champor Oregon etc, it will be a belated Christmas present to everyone to see the 'Noles absolutely laid low.

• No one got hurt quite like the PAC12 yesterday, as one of its luminaries lost a road game to a marginal bowl team, and the Sun Devils are effectively out of the discussion. For the SEC to get (likely) get two spots, a perfect world would have either a Florida State loss, or Arizona State running the table, and then knocking off Oregon in the P12CG. Simply put, too many one-loss teams will have better, more consistent resumes than a two-loss Sun Devils team.

• Everyone not named Ohio State likewise took a massive step back in the Big Ten. One-loss Nebraska was thoroughly demolished by a game Wisconsin team, led by Melvin Gordon's absurd 408 yards rushing...in three quarters. This leaves Ohio State as the sole one-loss Big Ten team, who, even though victorious, did not look particularly spectacular versus a decent Gophers squad.

• I hate discussing individual awards, such as the Heisman. But, we have to acknowledge JT Barrett, Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper. These guys have to receive invites to the New York. There is simply no way to minimize the impact that these four have had. Barrett, particularly, has been a one-man wrecking crew: eye-popping numbers and probably no one more valuable to his team. That said, two awards Alabama players should finally (and deservedly) receive are of much more immediate import: If there is a better punter in the nation that JK Scott, I've not seen him this season. A Ray Guy award is well-deserved. And, Amari Cooper may as well get a place on the mantle for his Biletnikoff award. More than a simple matter of being the best wide receiver in the nation, Cooper may very well be the best individual player in the sport this season, even though his position will never generate Heisman numbers.

• Finally: I ranked Memphis. Come at me haters or call me a homer; this team is going to pants someone in a bowl game. Justin Fuente is one hellva coach and a dude about to cash serious paychecks next year at a mid-tier Power Five school (think Illinois, North Carolina, etc.)

I apologize for the formatting. I'm writing this in BareBones while the laptop updates, and my HTML isn't so great. But, I do NOT apologize for only ranking 24 teams. The bottom ten are butt as it is.

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

Alabama Crimson Tide

3

2

Oregon Ducks

2

3

Mississippi State Bulldogs

1

4

Ohio State Buckeyes

4

5

Baylor Bears

5

6

Florida State Seminoles

8

7

TCU Horned Frogs

7

8

Ole Miss Rebels

10

9

UCLA Bruins

11

10

Wisconsin Badgers

14

11

Michigan State Spartans

13

12

Kansas State Wildcats

15

13

Georgia Bulldogs

25

14

Arizona Wildcats

19

15

Arizona State Sun Devils

6

16

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

18

17

Colorado State Rams

19

18

Marshall Thundering Herd

21

19

Auburn Tigers

9

20

Utah Utes

--

21

Oklahoma Sooners

--

22

Minnesota Golden Gophers

23

23

LSU Tigers
16

24

Memphis Tigers