That honor deserves to Oklahoma State, who welcomed the undefeated Baylor Bears to Stillwater for a de facto Big 12 championship game. Baylor, which entered the game with both a top-10 offense and top-10 defense, never could gain a rhythm as they floundered to the wrong side of a 49-17 rout. After the upsets, the BCS might not have a spot for either of these teams.
How did all of this affect the Tailgater poll this week? Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the Week 13 poll on the final weekend before Thanksgiving:
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: East Carolina (1)
Only one team, Minnesota, dropped completely out of the poll this week after falling at home to Wisconsin in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. That hardly means that there was little movement, though. The losses by Baylor and Oregon sent those teams six and 11 spots down the poll respectively. There was also the matter of Texas A&M’s loss to LSU, which dropped the Aggies eight spots from 16th to 24th.
Benefitting most from the movement were Missouri and Oklahoma State, which jumped three and six places respectively to end up tied for 4th place behind the three remaining undefeated AQ-conference teams. Other risers included Pac-12 North champion Stanford (up four spots to 11th), Pac-12 South champion Arizona State (up three spots to 17th), and ACC Coastal front-runner Duke (up five spots to 18th). Two new teams also received votes, with Cincinnati rounding out the ballot in a tie with Texas for the 25th spot and East Carolina receiving one point on a ballot.
That said, you’ve probably got a different opinion than us. With the spirit of contention in mind, you will find our individual ballots below. Leave your personal picks, acrimonious invective, base insults, insulting suggestions, or belligerent rants down in the comments below. You’re also always welcome to hit up any of us on Twitter to offer a piece of your mind…
About the Author: Zach Bigalke
Zach is a historian and author who has been covering sports near and far for various publications since 2006. Formerly the managing editor of Informative Sports and Global Turnstile, he has also been featured at Helium, FanSided, the Portland State Vanguard and other online publications and is the author of three books, including "Dispatches from Vancouver: A Non-Traditional Sports Fan in America's View of the XXI Winter Olympiad". He currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. Follow him at Twitter @zbigalke; for more info on his books, visit Amazon.