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Week 13 BlogPoll National View

Does the MAC belong in the top 25?

Sooner or later, Lou Holtz is right
John Radcliff

The SBNation Week 13 BlogPoll is out and there is a whole lotta MACtion to go around! I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek because there was a lotta MACtion in my ballot as well. Like the combined BlogPoll ballot (below), I had Northern Illinois, Kent State, and Ohio State. Not to mention the MAC-like Utah State Aggies.

It brings up a somewhat valid question, do these teams really belong in the top 25 based on their record? I tend to think they do. The MAC isn't on the same level as the Big 10 or any of the other power conferences. And yes, that Ohio State thing is a joke. They don't play the same level of competition week in and week out as most of the teams they share the ballot with. But the MAC has always been home to solid football programs that unfortunately don't have the across the board talent they would need to compete on a weekly basis with the big boys. But in a one game scenario, they certainly can hold their own.

Northern Illinois lost by one point to open the season against Iowa and beat Kansas three weeks later. Kent State lost to Kentucky early in the year and then won on the road at Rutgers while the Scarlet Knights were ranked #15. Those games alone aren't deserving of consideration in the top 25. But what I want, and what I think a lot of pollsters want is some consistency out of the teams they vote in. And in a year that teams like Mississippi State, TCU, Oklahoma State, Washington, etc. bounce in and out of the polls it's appropriate to give recognition to the consistency these teams have shown.

Does it mean they are the 17th best team in the country? No, but that's not really what most ballots are about. For example, I don't think Notre Dame is the best team in the country. But they've done enough to win each game against enough good teams that you can't automatically count them out. No matter how bad I want to. So let them in, I say. Because if the world melts down and Kent State beats Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl (it could happen) there won't be any denying them. What say you?

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 13

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (61) 25.13 2.92 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (5) 23.66 2.56 --
3 Oregon Ducks 21.83 2.18 --
4 Georgia Bulldogs (1) 21.44 0.95 --
5 Florida Gators (1) 21.24 1.28 Arrow_up 1
6 Ohio St. Buckeyes (3) 19.70 6.12 Arrow_up 1
7 Kansas St. Wildcats 19.39 0.92 Arrow_down -2
8 Stanford Cardinal 17.69 0.12 Arrow_up 2
9 LSU Tigers 17.41 0.71 --
10 Texas A&M Aggies 17.16 1.02 Arrow_up 1
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 15.23 0.94 Arrow_up 3
12 Oklahoma Sooners 14.04 2.42 Arrow_up 1
13 Florida St. Seminoles 13.09 1.26 Arrow_down -5
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.09 1.33 Arrow_up 2
15 Clemson Tigers 11.17 1.24 Arrow_down -3
16 Oregon St. Beavers 8.09 3.44 Arrow_up 1
17 UCLA Bruins 8.06 2.45 Arrow_down -2
18 Kent St. Golden Flashes 7.61 3.67 Arrow_up 5
19 Northern Illinois Huskies 6.83 3.76 Arrow_up 5
20 Utah State Aggies 4.74 2.58 Arrow_up 6
21 Northwestern Wildcats 3.66 2.88 Arrow_up 7
22 Michigan Wolverines 3.36 3.08 Arrow_down -1
23 Boise St. Broncos 3.13 3.24 Arrow_up 2
24 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 2.70 3.30 Arrow_down -2
25 Texas Longhorns 2.50 2.97 Arrow_down -7
Others Receiving Votes: San Jose St. Spartans | Louisville Cardinals | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Vanderbilt Commodores | TCU Horned Frogs | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Fresno St. Bulldogs | Ball St. Cardinals | San Diego St. Aztecs | Cincinnati Bearcats | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Central Florida Knights | USC Trojans | Arizona Wildcats | Washington Huskies | Toledo Rockets | Arizona St. Sun Devils | North Carolina Tar Heels | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 10:02 AM EST