|Last week’s ballot|
Dropped Out: North Carolina (#19), Washington (#21), Florida State (#22), Missouri (#24), Auburn (#25).
Moving Up (and In): I re-thought my top squad, and at this point in the season, nobody has a resume that can top Alabama’s. They move up to No. 1 until either Florida or Texas makes a stronger case for the top spot.
Hello, Iowa. They’ve gone from potential disaster against Northern Iowa to a borderline top-10 squad with one impressive victory over Penn State. There are still a lot of questions to answer on offense, but Iowa looks like they will be in every game they play this season by virtue of their defense. I’m still hesitant to put them at the top of the Big Ten, but another performance like last week’s and they’ll have a strong case for jumping the one-loss wonders.
Speaking of big turnarounds, how about Oregon? Where the hell did that come from? They jump up to No. 17 after their 42-3 crushing of Cal.
Nebraska didn’t do anything special in beating Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0, but I think I’ve underrated them to this point. A 16-15 loss at Virginia Tech is very impressive at this point, so they slot back in at No. 18.
I don’t think South Carolina is a very good team, but they need to be above Ole Miss, so they make a cameo at No. 23.
Moving Down (and Out): Penn State, Miami, Mississippi, and Cal all drop precipitously after losses. The next couple weeks will help me tell just where these teams should be; for right now, the one-loss teams are really tough to deal with. I really don’t like having four one-loss teams in the top ten, but I also don’t think Kansas is really the 13th best team in the country, let alone a team deserving of a top ten spot.
UNC, Washington, and Florida State all drop out of the poll entirely after losing, and Mizzou and Auburn also exit to make room for Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, Ga. Tech, and South Carolina. Michigan is punished a couple spots for almost losing to Indiana.
Games Watched: Ole Miss – South Carolina, Michigan – Indiana, Miami – VT, Alabama – Arkansas, Penn State – Iowa.