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Kicking Off Week 14 Briefly // 11.30.09

 

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GATOR HYPE-O-METER
On a scale of 1 to 100

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Alabama and Texas both face tougher than expected rivalry games while the Tim Tebow retrospectives begin..

UPS AND DOWNS
A look at who's going which way in college football 

Takeup_medium SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Both teams will be undefeated and play for the right to go to Pasadena. Which means we can enjoy a show devoid of Gary Danielson campaigning for the winner.

Takeup_medium WILLIE MARTINEZ
His defense plays well enough for the win over Georgia Tech. Which will be something nice to think about as he searches for a new job.

Takedown_medium ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Both contestants lose to their in-state SEC rivals. Hey, at least neither of them also lost to Maryland or anyting. Oh. I see. Never mind.

Takedown_medium KENTUCKY
Old: Georgia defeat could mark turning point in Rich Brooks' tenure. New: It's still Kentucky.

Takedown_medium HOUSTON NUTT
As soon as we go and fight the myth about you, you go and have a season that confirms it. Thanks.

Site Note
As I mentioned in the blogpoll ballot post a while ago, I'm traveling this week and so that's all there will be for Kicking Off. I hope to have Internet access again beginning this evening, but Sprints could be sporadic as I try to prepare more substantive posts. Needless to say, we'll be focusing heavily but not exclusively on the SEC Championship Game this week. We'll also have some fun with bowl match-ups, etc. The complete draft BlogPoll ballot is after the jump.

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 TCU
4 Texas
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State 1
7 Oregon 1
8 Ohio State 1
9 Georgia Tech 3
10 Iowa 1
11 Virginia Tech 2
12 Oregon State 4
13 Miami (Florida) 4
14 Penn State 1
15 Pittsburgh 5
16 Stanford 3
17 Southern Cal 3
18 Nebraska
19 LSU 5
20 California 2
21 Oklahoma State 9
22 Clemson 8
23 Texas Tech
24 Houston
25 Brigham Young
Last week's ballot
Dropped Out: Mississippi (#21), North Carolina (#25).

 

Ties broken: TCU-Texas, Georgia Tech-Iowa, Stanford-Southern Cal (everyone's always tell me how important head-to-head is and how bizarre it is that I don't consider it decisive, so there), LSU-Cal-Oklahoma State and BYU-Wisconsin. As for the last one, I find ranking either team indefensible even though I was forced to grant a spot to Wisconsin, so it really doesn't matter to me.