Jeez. It’s Monday? The weekends seem to be getting shorter. Anyway, I threw together an initial blogpoll ballot. There was a good bit of movement by various teams, but it was also a busy football weekend.
Dropped Out: Virginia Tech (#11), North Carolina (#17), Wake Forest (#19), Vanderbilt (#20), Michigan State (#24).
For the most part, I just sort of threw together the bottom half of this. I didn’t really take the time to figure out if I thought Kansas was really better than BYU, so if you have any arguments on about 15-25, I’m pretty likely to take your word for it and submit it in the actual ballot.
I did try to put some thought in the top 10 at least (11-14 is a little gray), and I’ve finally moved Texas into the top spot after a few weeks of hesitation. Alabama wasn’t convincing in their close win against MIssissippi, and the Longhorns completely manhandled Missouri, so it became obvious that this week, Texas deserves the top spot. I’m also close to putting Penn State in 2nd, and if you can convince me, I’ll probably do it.
Florida holds the spot over USC, but both teams make a strong case for best 1 loss team in the country along with Oklahoma. I’m really doubting that Oklahoma State is really as strong as the polls would lead us to believe, but we’ll find out next week as they face off against Texas.
Georgia moves up 2 spots after defeating Vandy and continuing their streak of winning fairly ugly. Boise State is continuing to climb the polls, but not really due to anything they’ve done, but rather because higher teams keep losing. I’m pretty sure they’re not deserving of a 12 ranking, and I can’t wait to get some reason to drop them.
Interestingly enough, it’s late enough in the season that some two loss teams start to qualify for inclusion in the top 25. Missouri hangs on despite having lost twice, because deep down, I don’t think they’re that bad a team.
Thoughts? I’ll submit the final ballot Wednesday around 10AM EST, so complain or praise until then.
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