Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
A team moving up three spots after a home loss? Yes, that's where we are.
Yeah, I'm back to having Florida State ahead of Florida again. But that's not the thing that is most notable about this week's Alligator Army BlogPoll ballot.
LSU moves up from No. 8 to No. 5 because I cannot convince myself that the Tigers wouldn't beat every team in the country except the top four unbeatens more often than not. They should have beaten Alabama, after all, with a half-dozen big plays in the second half undone by an inability to get points and/or bury the Tide late. Zach Mettenberger had time against a good line; his receivers made good plays; Jeremy Hill's the real deal. And LSU managed to keep an Alabama offense that had reliably been over 200 yards passing and/or rushing under 170 in both categories, while also keeping its own offense on the field.
But LSU's chances to prove itself are done, and that loss to Florida despite the Gators' offense being more or less wretched since is really troublesome, even if it came on the road.
I do think Florida State, by virtue of its ability to throw the ball (rooted in part in the 'Noles having actual wide receivers), is better than Florida, but not by much. Georgia's playing the best of any one-loss team in the country. I had Oklahoma way too high as a mistake last week. I have no idea why Mississippi State was ranked.
Other things have their reasons; just ask. As is usual for the days when I can post a ballot on Monday, this isn't a final ballot, and your suggestions are needed in the comments. I could be argued into reinstating any of those final three teams I dropped, for example.