EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 9

This poll accounts for the games of week 9.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9

1). Alabama – 222; @ (5)LSU
2). Kansas State – 216; vs Oklahoma St
3). Oregon – 206; @ (19)USC
4). Notre Dame – 199; vs PITT
5). LSU – 184; vs (1)Alabama
6). Georgia – 173; vs Ole Miss
7). Florida – 168; vs Mizzou
8). Ohio State – 156; vs Illinois
9). Florida St – 142; BYE
10). Clemson – 133; @ Duke
11). Oklahoma – 126; @ Iowa St
T12). Oregon St – 116; vs Arizona St
T12). South Carolina – 116; BYE
14). Louisville – 111; vs Temple
15). Texas A&M – 105; @ (16)Miss St
16). Mississippi St – 83; vs (15)A&M
T17). Nebraska – 74; @ Michigan St
T17). Stanford – 74; @ Colorado
19). USC – 62; vs (3)Oregon
20). Boise St – 60; vs SDSU
21). Arizona – 59; @ UCLA
22). Texas Tech – 53; vs Texas
23). Louisiana Tech – 32; vs UTSA
24). West Virginia – 19; vs TCU
25). Northwestern – 18; BYE

Others receiving votes: Toledo (16); UCLA (14);
Oklahoma St (12); Michigan (7); Texas (4);
Kent State (3).

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 6

This poll accounts for the games of week 6.

Falling out of the rankings this week: Northwestern, Texas Tech, UCLA, Nebraska, and Washington.

Highest climber: Oklahoma, going from 18th to 12th.

Biggest fall: Georgia, going from 3rd to 14th.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6

1). Alabama (5) / 214 / 5-0 [1]
2). Oregon (1) / 204 / 6-0 [2]
3). So. Carolina (1) / 199 / 6-0 [7]
4). Kansas State / 196 / 5-0 [5]
5). Florida (1) / 191 / 5-0 [8]
6). West Virginia / 185 / 5-0 [T10]
7). Notre Dame / 162 / 5-0 [9]
8). Ohio State / 149 / 6-0 [13]
9). Oregon State / 138 / 4-0 [T10]
10). LSU / 137 / 5-1 [6]
11). Stanford / 129 / 4-1 [16]
12). Oklahoma / 119 / 3-1 [18]
13). USC / 112 / 4-1 [15]
14). Georgia / 96 / 5-1 [3]
T15). Clemson / 93 / 5-1 [17]
T15). Florida State / 93 / 5-1 [4]
17). Texas / 82 / 4-1 [12]
18). Mississippi St. / 65 / 5-0 [21]
19). Louisville / 62 / 5-0 [T19]
20). Rutgers / 51 / 5-0 [T25]
21). Texas A&M / 38 / 4-1 [NR]
22). Cincinnati / 31 / 4-0 [NR]
23). TCU / 27 / 4-1 [14]
24). NCSU (1) / 25 / 4-2 [NR]
25). Ohio / 23 / 6-0 [NR]

Others receiving votes: Iowa St. (21); Baylor (15); Louisiana Tech (15); Arizona State (13); Washington (13); Michigan State (7); Nebraska (5); Texas – San Antonio (5); Miami Fl. (3); Texas Tech (3); Northwestern (2); Boise State (1); Western Kentucky (1).

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 5

This poll accounts for the games of week 5.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5

1). Alabama (7) – 220 pts; 5-0 [1]
2). Oregon – 205; 5-0 [2]
3). Georgia – 187; 5-0 [T5]
4). Florida State – 186; 5-0 [4]
5). Kansas State – 185; 4-0 [T5]
6). LSU – 178; 5-0 [3]
7). South Carolina – 170; 5-0 [8]
8). Florida – 152; 4-0 [10]
9). Notre Dame – 144; 4-0 [9]
T10). Oregon State (2) – 136; 3-0 [14]
T10). West Virginia – 136; 4-0 [11]
12). Texas – 127; 4-0 [12]
13). Ohio State – 117; 5-0 [13]
14). TCU – 91; 4-0 [16]
15). USC – 89; 3-1 [15]
16). Stanford – 83; 3-1 [7]
17). Clemson – 82; 4-1 [17]
18). Oklahoma – 76; 2-1 [18]
T19). Louisville – 55; 5-0 [T19]
T19). Northwestern – 55; 5-0 [T19]
21). Mississippi State – 33; 4-0 [T22]
22). Texas Tech – 32; 4-0 [NR]
23). UCLA – 31; 4-1 [NR]
24). Nebraska – 27; 4-1 [24]
T25). Rutgers – 26; 4-0 [21]
T25). Washington – 26; 3-1 [NR]

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (25); Louisiana Tech (16); Ohio (13); Baylor (8); Cincinnati (4); Michigan State (4); Texas – San Antonio (4); Arizona State (3); Miami (FL) (3); Western Kentucky (2)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 4

This poll accounts for the games of week 4.

Interestingly, this week’s AP poll has Boise State ranked #24; they did not appear on a single ballot of the Jerks. Conversely, Northwestern, absent from both the AP and USA Today Polls, appeared on all 8 ballots by the Jerks.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4

1). Alabama (6) – 197 pts; 4-0

2). Oregon – 189; 4-0

3). LSU – 166; 4-0


4). Florida State – 164; 4-0


T5). Georgia – 162; 4-0


T5). Kansas State – 162; 4-0


7). Stanford – 151; 3-0


8). South Carolina – 147; 4-0


9). Notre Dame (1) – 130; 4-0


10). Florida – 128; 4-0


11). West Virginia – 103; 3-0


12). Texas – 100; 3-0


13). Ohio State – 86; 4-0


14). Oregon State (1) – 82; 2-0


15). USC – 81; 3-1


16). TCU – 74; 3-0


17). Clemson – 68; 3-1


18). Oklahoma – 66; 2-1


T19). Louisville – 45; 4-0


T19). Northwestern – 45; 4-0


21). Rutgers – 34; 4-0


T22). Michigan State – 33; 3-1


T22). Mississippi State – 33; 4-0


24). Nebraska – 23; 3-1


25). Texas Tech – 22; 3-0

Others receiving votes: UCLA (20); Ohio (18); Baylor (15); Wisconsin (11); Arizona (10); Minnesota (8); Iowa State (4); Texas A&M (4); Louisiana Tech (1)

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 3

This poll accounts for the games of week 3.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3

1) Alabama (150 – 6)

2) LSU (131)

3) Florida State (126)

4) Oregon (121)

5) Georgia (114)

6) Stanford (111)

7) South Carolina (95)

8) West Virginia (93)

9) Clemson (89)

10) Oklahoma (88)

11) Kansas State (84)

12) Notre Dame (81)

13) Florida (79)

14) Texas (79)

15) USC (60)

16) Ohio State (59)

17) Arizona (49)

18) UCLA (49)

19) Louisville (45)

20) Michigan State (44)

21) TCU (32)

22) Oregon State (24)

23) Michigan (22)

24) Rutgers (20)

25) Mississippi State (18)

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech (18), Northwestern (17), Ohio (12), Nebraska (11), Oklahoma State (10), Boise State (8), Iowa State (4), Wisconsin (3), UTSA (2), Minnesota (1), GA Tech (1),

NFL Power Rankings

Tom Brady is on a record-setting pace so far this season

1. Green Bay Packers: Green Bay struggled early as the offense only ran 3 plays in the 1st quarter. But, the offense got going and scored enough points to win. Losing Pro Bowl Safety Nick Collins is going to hurt in the long run.

2. New England Patriots: Tom Brady continued his torrid start to the second half. The defense did it’s share this week, forcing some turnovers.

3. New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees looked great and the defense demolished the Bears offense. If they had pulled off the comeback in Week 1, they’d be at the top of this list.

4. Houston Texans: The Texans went on the road and continued their unbeaten streak against the Dolphins. Their defense contained Chad Henne, who threw for over 400 yards the game before.

5. New York Jets: The Jets defense embarrassed Luke McCown by creating multiple turnovers. The Jets running game has yet to get going, and they will need that going forward in the division to win games.

6. Detroit Lions: The Lions looked really good destroying the Chiefs. By going for it on 4th and goal already up by a couple scores, they showed a willingness to put opponents away that they didn’t in Week 1.

7. Philadelphia Eagles: They may have fallen apart late, but the loss of Mike Vick might have had something to do with that. Mike Kafka did look good in relief and might beat out Vince Young for the #2 spot. The linebacking core has to improve.

8. Washington Redskins: In a league where the final result is all that matters, the Redskins are perfect. Washington is 2-0 and Grossman seems to be making just enough plays to win.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I’m sure the Bucs would like to get off to faster starts, but they have shown that they are a second half team. They need to get the running game going earlier in the game to avoid having to comeback so often. Continue reading

Al’s Completely Biased NCAA Tournament Bracket Thoughts

Never one to quibble about originality, I am hot on the heels of Small Arms McGee with my thoughts in the aftermath of a SethNonSelection Sunday I am now calling “Weakest Year Ever Day Brought to You By Weakest Committee Ever.” In my mind, this has been one of the ugliest years in basketball, with everyone swimming in a sea of mediocrity that was most notable for the number of dolphins identified as sharks (aka the Big East teams). In keeping with the season, one of the ugliest selection committees in basketball created a truly lopsided bracket that puts the hammer down on OSU, the supposed No. 1 overall seeds. (I was going to link to the Meet the Committee page to laugh at how ugly they are, but apparently they’ve taken that page down due to fear of backlash or personal threats to their families made by Seth Greenberg. So now I’m laughing at them.)

Seth Greenburg's Tears for Fears

So, here are my thoughts on the brackets.

East
I was worried that Gene Smith’s ties to Ohio State would mean that their road to the Final Four would be strewn with rose petals ala Duke last year, so I was shocked to see how difficult that bracket is. However, it’s difficult for everyone, I think. I used to wonder why UNC always gets put in these difficult brackets until I saw that one of the committee members is from Wake Forest, and their feelings about UNC border on some sort of psychotic pathos. I’d almost rather have someone from Duke be in charge of our seeding. UNC might end up playing Ohio State, but I’m not optimistic. Unless Roy told the team to hold back and not wear themselves out in the ACC Tournament (knowing that Duke had the Number 1 seed once they made it to the ACC Tournament final, just as I had expected–not even a loss would have stripped them of that seed), UNC looked wretched in all three of its ACC Tournament games. A fall before the Sweet 16 is looking likely for the Tar Heels.

West
I don’t expect Duke to be challenged in the West. They put some teams that on paper look like they could challenge Duke, but Duke should come through all that unscathed and make it to the Final Four. If Texas makes it past the second round, I’ll be shocked. If Arizona and Tennessee make it past the Sweet 16, I’ll be even more shocked. Pearl is too out of control and Arizona has the same problem that UNC does – youth and inconsistency. Duke has gotten their second wind now and should be able to beat any of them. And, of course, one of the weaker 2nd seeds, SDSU, will be right there to fall apart in the face of Singler’s nipple twisting intimidation and Seth Floppy.

Southwest
This could be the most exciting bracket of them all. I don’t have a lot of confidence in Kansas this year, which probably means they’ll win it all. Why? Because I stopped being able to make decent predictions about the NCAA Tournament in the mid-1990s. I hate Pitino, but Louisville always makes whatever bracket they’re in exciting. I don’t think Florida State will make it out of the first round because they have no offense to counter their defense. Sure, they beat Duke, but that’s because Duke went in there overconfident. After they beat Duke, they got scouted more and people began to see that defense doesn’t always “win championships.” If Singleton plays and is healthy, they might make it to the Sweet 16, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Southeast
Could the announcers on CBS yesterday have been more scathing about Pitt’s number 1 seed? I couldn’t help laughing. I think they were upset that it wasn’t Notre Dame. No one thinks that Pitt can make it to the Final Four, and I agree. The Big East really needs to put its money where its mouth is in this tournament, but I don’t see Pitt as being the one to do that. I think Wisconsin will have no trouble with Belmont – unlike lots of UNC fans, I don’t think that “almost beats” count as wins. I’m hoping St. John’s takes out Gonzaga so we don’t have to put up with them after the first round. They always mess up my bracket. ODU could make some noise this year; they’re the sleeper of the CAA but they haven’t had many tough opponents.

Overall
I still can’t decide who’s going to win it all, though. I don’t feel as strongly about Kansas as everyone does and I fear that if Singler is out of his slump, Duke could beat any one of the one seeds. OSU would be most likely to challenge them, but by virtue of their being in the toughest bracket, they could lose before they face Duke or be so exhausted that they just lay down and die in the face of a Duke that will have cruised into the Final Four (even with out Kyrie “The Toe” Irving). Of course, if Duke loses early, we’ll hear nothing but wails that there should be an asterisk on the game because they didn’t have the point guard on the All-Galaxy team–otherwise they would have beat all their opponents by 40+.

So, there you have it. My completely biased and basically irrelevant thoughts on March Madness. See y’all in Houston (I wish).

EJSIC College Basketball Top 25 — Week 12

Pre-Season | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 8 | Week 12

Hey, remember Basketball Polls? We still do those here, right? For this week at least, the EJSIC Top 25 makes its triumphant return. Obviously, a lot has changed since we last touched base. There are only two undefeated teams left as Duke, Syracuse, and Kansas have all taken a loss (or two) over the past couple weeks. The resulting carnage has left us believing that Pitt and Ohio State are actually national title contenders. Don’t worry, though. This too shall pass.

Remember that this poll also includes a combined ballot from the polls submitted by readers. If you would like to have your poll included in the combined ballot, e-mail it to elitistjerksports@gmail.com.

So… Without further ado… Here’s our poll.

1. Ohio St. 20-0 (123 – 3)

2. Pittsburgh 19-1 (121 – 2)

3. Duke 18-1 (111)

4. Villanova 17-2 (106)

5. Kansas 18-1 (98)

6. UCONN 16-2 (97)

7. Texas 16-3 (95)

8. San Diego St. 20-0 (92)

9. Syracuse 18-2 (90)

10. BYU 19-1 (83)

11. Purdue 17-3 (74)

12. Texas A&M 17-2 (70)

13. Missouri 17-3 (62)

14. Kentucky 15-4 (57)

15. Notre Dame 16-4 (54)

16. Wisconsin 15-4 (42)

17. Louisville 15-4 (40)

18. Washington 15-4 (38)

19. Minnesota 14-4 (33)

20. Illinois 14-6 (32)

21. Georgetown 14-5 (24)

22. Vanderbilt 14-4 (16)

23. Arizona 16-4 (15)

24. Temple 13-5 (10)

25. St. Mary’s 17-3 (8)

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. (5), Florida (4), UNLV (3), Tennessee (3), Cincinnati (2), West Virginia (1), Wichita St. (1), Florida St. (1)