This here is B5Q's inaugural 2012 BlogPoll ballot, as we didn't get in on the preseason voting. Apologies for that.
Trying to be as rational and non-biased -- unbiased? -- as possible, the main difficulty here was balancing preseason expectations without overreacting to the first wonderful week of college football. As much as we all hate Michigan here and would love to swap them out for, say, anyone else, I'd be hard pressed to argue the Wolverines aren't a Top 25 team. I think an eight-spot fall (judging by the preseason polls) will do.
Below the jump, I'll explain why Wisconsin stays put and some other thoughts. As always, bring your thoughts into the comments section. We'd be happy to see your own Top 25s.
As stated above, the Week 1 ballot was my best attempt at balancing overall impressions with whatever happened in the first game. For that reason, I kept our Badgers unchanged at 12. Yes, Northern Iowa was damn scary. But aside from a skimpy yards-per-carry average, the offense was sharp with Danny O'Brien (likely DOB from here on out at B5Q) at the helm. As always, the secondary remains a work in progress. On to Oregon State.
Thoroughly impressed with Alabama's dismantling of Michigan, I boosted them to No. 1. Not that I expected the Wolverines to win, but boy that was scary. As I said a few grafs up, I dropped Michigan eight spots to No. 16.
Michigan State, meanwhile moves into my Top 25 (again, relative to the preseason polls). As unsold as I am against the post-Kirk Cousins Spartans -- and if I do hold any hidden bias, it's got to be against this team -- I did think they were underrated to begin the season. On the flipside, let's chill on the LeVeon Bell Heisman hype.
I was tempted to put Oregon No. 2, but couldn't justify over the sheer amount of talent on USC's roster. If that just sounds like ESPN's #analysis, I apologize -- I don't always get to see a lot of Pac-12 action.
Yes, that's Ohio creeping onto my ballot. Not that I was blown away by their 24-14 win over Penn State -- how could you be? -- but I believe the Bobcats are a program on the rise under Frank Solich.