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B1G Power Poll Week 3: The Ryan Adams Covers Taylor Swift's 1989 Edition

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There are so many Taylor Swift pictures in our media library...
There are so many Taylor Swift pictures in our media library...
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In general, I'm not the world's most relevant person. That's not an absurd statement, and the more I think about it, I'm definitely more of a yuppie hipster type than I am a popular hipster type. I mean, still totally a hipster - despite many protestations to the contrary, but not in that young, affecting way. Where this usually shows up in its cleanest form is taste in music. While yes, I do love me my hip-hop, and I probably have listened to both the Weeknd and Demi Lovato's Summer singles more than my fair share, I still find myself asking, "who?" to radio songs more often than I would have ten years ago.

That said, I would be lying if I didn't have this strange affection for Taylor Swift's music. Specifically, 1989, which was a much better album than I would have liked it to have been. I am far from a full fledged Swiftian (is that the tem? Sure, let's roll with that), however I would say I like the radio singles and have stayed in my car a beat or two longer to finish out Shake it Off. So when one of my musical heroes decided to cover 1989, it was sort of a big deal. See, Ryan Adams is one of my favorite artists despite all of his 'way too cool' vibes. His album tones are the things that dreams are made of, and yes, I'm two paragraphs in and all I've talked about is music. Is this not a music blog? No? Okay, that's two articles in two days that are too esoteric for my own good. At least this one has a clearer point, right?

Anyhow, in honor of Taylor Swift, and Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift, I'm going to do a Ryan Adams covers Taylor Swift's 1989 Power Poll. This is EASILY my most specific power poll, but hey, it's relevant. As to the specifics of this week, there were 17 voters. Insertname continued his extremely good work on getting me distribution graphs and such. If you'd like to see all of this week's work, click here.

As always, the points are assigned by giving 14 points for a first place vote, 13 for a second and so on. I've updated the change in rankings, high/low, etc. If you want to know how someone voted, ask. Until I have a cleaner mechanism for who voted where/when, this is what you're getting. Also, let's be real, this is OTE. Us 'writers' do everything with a shade of secrecy and cynicism, right? Okay, enough snark from me. Let's get to it! RYAN ADAMS COVERS TAYLOR SWIFT'S 1989 HERE WE COME!

1 Michigan State Spartans - Style

231 Points || 10 FPV || High 1 || Low 2 || LW 2 || Change 1

You're a bad boy that everyone kind of loves and wants to take home? Sure, it fits. I think the better parallel is the way this song absolutely slays on this album and the fact that you're easily the cool kid on the block now. What was arguably the better tracks on T.Swift's album - which we'll simply refer to as 2014 because the B1G killed it in 2014, right? - is even better this time around.

2 Ohio State Buckeyes - Shake it Off

228 Points || 7 FPV || High 1 || Low 2 || LW 1 || Change -1

Hey, we get it, sometimes haters gonna hate, right? Despite beating one of the better non-P5 teams of the past five years, Ohio State is getting quite a bit of flack for looking less than perfect. While this version - both song and team - are not as good as the original to date, there seems to be a lot of room to grow on you. Oh, and if we're being honest, this is the catchiest and arguably best Taylor Swift song. To hear it from Ryan Adams is really a trip. I love it, but it sees off a little. Just like the Buckeyes. Yeah, it has all the elements of the original - the title winners - but isn't it just a little off?

3 Northwestern Wildcats - Wildest Dreams

194 Points || High 3 || Low 5 || LW 4 || Change 1

Oh hi there Northwestern. I have a feeling this team is going to be one of those groups that leaves Wildcat fans dreaming about for a long time. While I am required to remind everyone that this is a little bit premature to start getting starry eyed dreams of CFP playoff lines, who am I? Sidenote, this is one of those stranger ports from the Swift album to the Adams album. It's not bad, but it's probably overrated by familiarity. I'm sure that's an indictment on Northwestern too, but this whole comparison thing is an insane idea and I'm not going to be that picky musically. Still awesome to listen to.

4 Wisconsin Badgers - All You Had to Do Was Stay

190 Points || High 3 || Low 6 || LW 3 || Change -1

I'm sure that a lot of Badger fans hum this song when thinking about all of their ex(coach)es. All you had to do was stay and we'd be winning championships. COME HOME BERT! Oh wait, that's a different team... Anyhow, I would just like to point out that this is the best song on the Ryan Adams cover album. I don't know if that's a telling sign that maybe Joel Stave is going to actually be the savior Speth thinks he is, but it's about as close to an omen as I've got for them, so we're going with it.

5 Iowa Hawkeyes - Bad Blood

164 Points || High 4 || Low 8 || LW 6 || Change 1

While band-aids don't in fact fix bullet-holes, I think you can make an argument that any bad blood that was brewing between Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa contingent might be settling just a little. Three weeks, three wins, and some more wrongs to make right, and this is fixing to be a bounceback year for the Hawkeyes. Or, at minimum it better be because just under the surface lies a lot of pain between Iowa and its beloved coach. As to the track itself? Well, let's be real, it's probably not as good as the original - just like this isn't as good as some vintage Ferentz teams - but it works well enough and it has potential to be a lead single. So you've got that going for you.

6 Minnesota Golden Gophers - Blank Space

153 Points || High 4 || Low 8 || LW 5 || Change -1

This was totally the pitch to Jerry Kill when the Gophers hired him, right? "It's gonna be forever, or it's gonna go down in flames?" Right now, the forever seems to be more true, but you all are a little insane to watch at times. You looked excellent in a loss against TCU, medium to bad in a win against Colorado State, and *shudders* all sorts of bad against Kent State. I'm not sure if this year's version looks as good as last year's version, but look at it this way. You're a QB away from greatness. Download this song, grab a speaker, and start wooing that savior to the Twin Cities. Actually, don't do that. Let coaches do that #donottweetrecruits #psa

7 Michigan Wolverines - This Love

132 Points || High 6 || Low 10 || LW 9 || Change 2

This is Ryan Adam's very best piano ballad self. That has very little to do with the power poll, but I needed to get that out.

As to the song comparison, I'll be honest, I read the lyrics to this song - one I can't say I've really listened to ever before - and it's basically the love ballad Wolverines fans have for Jim Harbaugh, right? Like, check this out:

This love left a permanent mark

This love is glowing in the dark

These hands had to let it go free

And this love came back to me

Just insert Harbaugh for 'This love' and you've got the perfect epitaph for the Michigan season. Things are going well so far, and while there are questions on offense that will be exploited, that defense is still all sorts of salty. You're going to need it to stay that way if you want to beat BYU this week.

8 Nebraska Cornhuskers - How You Get the Girl

121 Points || High 5 || Low 10 || LW 7 || Change -1

Oh man, a song about the past (check), a song about losing (check), and a song about getting the right person for you (check). This one was too easy, wasn't it. I know things have not started on the cleanest of footings, and many fans would like to go back to the ex, but good times are ahead. I promise. Also, can we talk about how beautifully Ryan Adams stepped into this track? Like, he un-ironically nailed it and I don't really know how. Did I mention I love Ryan Adams? Because I really do. I would argue he had to have some solid material, but you all know Taylor Swift is good at everything, so no need to go there.

9 Indiana Hoosiers - Welcome to New York

104 Points || High 5 || Low 11 || LW 10 || Change 1

This is two-fold.

1) Hey, the Hoosiers have a chance to sweep their non-con and push their chances of a bowl to heights they have not seen in a while. Would any Hoosier fan turn down New York City? I didn't think so. PINSTRIPE BOWL OR BUST!

2) Jordan Howard is on the short list of B1G candidates for Heisman through three games. Sure, competition, but this is hyperbole season! #HowardForHeisman

Oh, and if you all haven't gotten the memo, go over to Crimson Quarry and support chaos. #iufb4gameday

10 Penn State Nittany Lions - Clean

84 Points || High 8 || Low 12 || LW 11 || Change 1

I guess I didn't realize how many breakup songs were on Taylor Swift's album, but Ryan Adams makes them feel like recovering alcoholic songs. Anyhow, Clean goes out to Penn State fans who both are happy with their new coach as well as those who kind of are still getting over the breakup with their last coach(es). Sure, things are going to work out - you think - but sometimes you can't help but think of better days. Oh, and Clean might also refer to how you hope to keep Christian Hackenberg the rest of the season. Not sure how that will work out, but hey, this is a dreamy album and dreams and... Come on, we're on song 10. Of course I'm reaching.

11 Illinois Fighting Illini - Out of the Woods

66 Points || 1 LPV High 8 || Low 14 || LW 8 || Change -3

It really did feel like you were out of the woods the first two weeks, didn't it? Then there was that really sad performance in Chapel Hill, and here we are. Also, this pretty much sums up the decision to not fire Tim Beckman when he got the Illini to a bowl last year, right:

Looking at it now

Last December, we were built to fall apart

Then fall back together

So here we are Illinois. You have a lot of good pieces, but I think you still need a gamechanger in coach to get back to the highs of the rollercoaster ride. Sure, you're never going to be the top of the heap probably, but you should be challenging once in a while.

12 Maryland Terrapins - I Wish You Would

58 Points || High 10 || Low 13 || LW 14 || Change 2

This is - in my opinion - the worst track on Ryan Adam's 1989 cover album. Now, part of that is because this song is all about an ex buying a house down the street and emotionally tormenting Taylor or something like that. Oh wait, is this a song about the Terrapins longing for a former coach who lives down the street and is potentially having more success? Because that would be a serendipitous situation due to this song being chosen for as much process of elimination reasons as anything else. Oh, and bonus points for "I Wish You Would" being a call to The Movement all fulfilling the wants of this fanbase's future. Oh Taylor, you provided Ryan with such great material for my Power Poll.

13 Purdue Boilermakers - I Know Places

36 Points || 4 LPV High 9 || Low 14 || LW 12 || Change -1

So this track is far from the worst efforts of the album, but it also sort of is forgettable and is ultimately all about running away and hiding, which is probably what Coach Hazell wants to do these days. No, there is no shame in losing to Virginia Tech, but that offense is hideous, and after letting a 17-17 game turn into a 51-24 game over 2.5 quarters, I wouldn't blame any fans for getting a little torches and pitchfork-y (not sure how to make that an adverb, but I'm sticking with it... it's really late y'all).

14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Wonderwall

24 Points || 12 LPV High 11 || Low 14 || LW 13 || Change -1

Sorry Rutgers, sometimes it really does feel like you don't belong. Also, there are only thirteen tracks on that 1989 album so... yeah. But look! Ryan Adams covered Oasis's Wonderwall. Oh, and it basically fits. I mean, that was really a ballad to the one who could make everything better. The melancholy in this version aside, I think this is stronger than the original in many ways. Sure, this has been a disaster of a year, but it might lead to some structural changes in the program. With the new resources you have and potential recruiting base, I can't see that as a bad thing.