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With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'd better get myself together in a hurry.... because today I've been anything but thankful and contented. After watching AJ Abrams lead a hapless Longhorns offense to a disappointing loss to Notre Dame, I moped through dinner, like some tubby two-year old pouting because he had to eat his mashed carrots with the green spoon when ALL HE REALLY WANTED WAS HIS DAMN BLUE SPOON. 

I know what's really eating my insides: It's Oklahoma. I'm literally sick to my stomach that the Sooners might emerge atop the Big 12 South dogpile--a thought so revolting that I'll do anything, say anything, to help influence voters to do the right thing and Just Say No to institutionalized evil.

And that pisses me off, too. My usual preference for hard analysis? Swept cynically to the side--deemed an insufficient platform for this particular election. In its stead? Base emotional appeals. Cheerleading. Spinning. I feel like a fracking political hack organizing a gigantic talking points memo. 

Worst of all, the thought of Oklahoma winning this thing has made me downright uncharitable. "Texas' loss to Tech doesn't count as much because it was in Lubbock.... And while we're at it: Notre Dame didn't win. We lost."

Like I said, I've felt today like a petulant two-year old. Matt Leinart with a keyboard. 

I need to get a grip. 

On to this week's Blog Poll ballot:

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 1
2 Texas 1
3 Oklahoma 3
4 Florida --
5 Southern Cal --
6 Penn State 1
7 Texas Tech 6
8 Utah --
9 Oklahoma State --
10 Boise State --
11 Missouri 1
12 Ohio State 1
13 Georgia 2
14 TCU 1
15 Oregon State 5
16 Boston College 8
17 Florida State --
18 Georgia Tech 8
19 Cincinnati 1
20 Mississippi 6
21 California 5
22 Ball State 1
23 Virginia Tech 3
24 Oregon 1
25 Michigan State 11

Dropped Out: Pittsburgh (#16), Miami (Florida) (#19), Maryland (#22), LSU (#23).
  • I feel a little awkward about Alabama #1 and Utah #8. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it this week, but when I sit down next week to put together my final regular season ballot, I'm going to have to look closely at this. 
  • Depressing news for Longhorns fans: Cincinnati is one of the most overrated teams in college football. They were blown out by 24 points by Connecticut, faced a truly pitiful non-con schedule outside Oklahoma, and are getting too much credit for being the "best team in the Big East." Problem is: The Big East is awful. A reminder, people: West Virginia lost to Colorado. The Buffs are a bad football team.