BSL Deified Dozen: 2018 College Football Week 7 Poll
Welcome to the 2018 BSL Deified Dozen rankings. Each week during the season our panel of experts will rank the Top 12 teams in college football. Members of our panel include: CT Schwink, Rob Shields, Mike Lowe, Zack Kiesel, Brian (Pedro Cerrano) McGuire, Chris (Ricker Says) Ricker, Steve Birrer, Mike Randall and Chris Garman. We are looking forward to an exciting season of college football.
Week 7 was a big week in the Deified Dozen, as three teams dropped out and were replaced by three teams making their first ever appearance in our rankings. Texas continued their winning ways, Florida followed up their big upset over LSU with a stirring comeback against Vanderbilt, and Oregon redeemed its late-game choke against Stanford with an overtime win against Washington. Meanwhile, upset losses for West Virginia, Penn State and the aforementioned Huskies were major setbacks which likely ended all Playoff hopes (at least for the latter two). Finally, Michigan (+39 votes) and LSU (+31 votes) made huge gains among our panel thanks to big victories over ranked opponents.
This week four of our Dozen have byes, but several others do figure to be tested. Clemson faces unbeaten NC State, who have given the Tigers a scare each of the previous two seasons. LSU faces a solid Mississippi State squad in the midst of arguably the toughest stretch of games any college team will play this season (@ Florida, Georgia, Miss St, Alabama). Michigan travels to East Lansing to face a Michigan State team that has mostly had the Wolverines’ number in the Harbaugh era. And Oregon goes to Pullman, WA to face Mike Leach’s 5-1 Wazzu Cougars, who always seem to lurk unnoticed, but ready to pull an upset on anyone.
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Mike is a Baltimore native living in Portland, OR since 2007. He currently runs his own business specializing in video production and online marketing. Prior to that he was a legal technology consultant, worked for 9 years at Johns Hopkins University and served 6 years in the Air Force. He also enjoys travel, food, beer, and is a volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society.