We're a week into the season and things are only just a little more neatly sorted.
Of course, not a week goes by after I call Oklahoma State "for real" that they go out and lose to an unranked Houston at home. Ouch. Also, Michigan State did its best Michigan impression from last year and stunk up the joint against the MAC. Both fell out of my poll. Update: Nothing to see here, please move along. Oregon State's loss wasn't quite as bad, but still, c'mon -- you have to do better than that. Hope you heeded my warning.
Here's the full ballot, with a few more comments after the jump...
|Last week's ballot|
- USC gets the jump to #1 after the impressive win on the road against Ohio State. I hate to feel like I am punishing Alabama by moving them to #3, but if they're truly national championship good, they have plenty of time (and chances to prove their worth) over the course of the season. At the end of the day, I just don't think they're better than Florida.
- Lots of new teams in the top 25, headed by Cincinnati at #13. They made Rutgers look like a ragdoll on the road, which is impressive, eve, though it was Rutgers. Michigan gets a program-type win at home against Notre Dame, lending a lot of legitimacy to what Rodriguez is doing up there. There will be still be bumps, but Forcier looks damn good. Miami (FL) also makes a nice splash after beating FSU in Tallahassee.
- Missouri needed every second to beat Bowling Green at home, and while the Falcons are a good squad, I expect better of the #17 ranked team. That's why they find themselves at #25 this week.
- I think they're being highly overrated, but Auburn would most likely be my #26 ranked team. If they beat the Mountaineers on Saturday, they'll certainly jump into the rankings. Too bad that won't happen.
So, there are my rankings. Thoughts? Comments? Complaints? Proposals of marriage (not from you, 5YS)?