|Last week’s ballot|
Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (#12), Utah (#20), Nebraska (#21).
Moving Up (and In): Alabama slips past Texas, as they’ve looked more impressive through three weeks this season. Without Jordan Shipley’s punt return TD and the last forced fumble by Sergio Kindle, Texas may have been looking at a second straight loss to Texas Tech. It’s tough to ignore Miami at this point; their defense held Georgia Tech’s triple option offense under 100 yards rushing, and Jacory Harris has made his way into the Heisman discussion.
I’ve been completely ignoring Cincinnati, but they keep winning and took down a tough team this week in Oregon State. I felt they deserved to jump the one-loss foursome of VT, Oklahoma, USC, and Ohio State, which explains most of their eight-spot leap in my poll. I’d like to see TCU beat a real team (Virginia decidedly does not count) before I give them the same treatment.
Washington beat USC two weeks after outgaining LSU; they deserve a spot in the poll as much as any other one-loss team. Florida State re-enters one spot behind the Huskies, as that Miami loss looks a whole lot better now and they just crushed BYU.
Auburn gets a cursory look at #25 thanks to an offense that seems to have some life after last year’s debacle (sound familiar, Michigan fans?). The Tigers outgunned West Virginia, 41-30, and have now scored at least 37 points in each of their first three games.
Moving Down (and Out): I’m making a hasty exit from the Georgia Tech bandwagon; Josh Nesbitt is a glorified running back taking snaps, and it’s tough to win games when you spot teams a lead with that kind of a quarterback. They drop out, as do Utah and Nebraska.
BYU plunges; yes, they beat Oklahoma, but they just got railed by FSU, and I can’t justify putting them ahead of the Seminoles. I also can’t justify putting FSU much higher than #22, so there you go.
USC also takes a big fall. I still can’t believe that year after year they keep going out and losing to mediocre Pac-10 teams. If I went by how good I think the team is, they’d still be top five, but part of me feels like dropping them out of the ballot entirely for losing to freakin’ Washington (yes, I admit they may be decent, but this is still a team that went 0-12 last year). I decided to stick them somewhere in the middle. They should stay in front of Ohio State, but other than that, I could go with pretty much any order for USC, OSU, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech.
Games Watched: Georgia Tech – Miami, Michigan – Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame – Michigan State (Sparty, NO!), USC – Washington