There weren't very much upsets, especially when compared to last week. The polls are starting to solidify a bit as conference play starts for most teams this week. There are some important games that could ultimately change the landscape of things, but we'll see.
|Last week's ballot|
This was the week for good teams to struggle against lesser foes and still win, I guess (well unless you're Houston). Boise State went back and forth against an FCS team, while Virginia Tech held off Duke and Iowa - a week after winning at Penn St. - barely beat Arkansas State.
So with so little room for error, I did feel the need to penalize a few teams. The Broncos dropped from 6th last week to 8th. Virginia Tech, who had been 4th, fell to 7th and Iowa three spots to 16th. The team that did lose, Houston, dropped 14 spots to 24th. Their loss was bad, but we'll see how it goes.
After that, the most progress came from Cincinnati. Mostly because they're undefeated and though they've yet to grab a really impressive win, it's hard to knock an unbeaten team when so many others are starting to lose.
I reentered BYU into the rankings, though I wasn't entirely impressed with the Cougars' win over Utah State. The Utes, who had a bye, moved up two spots by default and TCU, after their win over SMU, broke into the top-ten.
One final note. In both the Coaches and AP poll, Oklahoma stayed ranked after losing at Miami. That's a bunch of bull...! A 2-2 team does not deserve to be ranked. I don't care if their losses came by a combined two points to ranked teams. So as you can see, I dropped the Sooners entirely out of the rankings, even though I had them at ninth last week.
Not to say the Sooners are bad. They're going to have an entire season to prove their worth and get back into the rankings. But for now, they aren't worthy.