This was a pretty remarkable week in terms of upsets. Probably the best of the season so far. It also made it easier drafting this poll than last week, yet there still is just so much unknown right now.
|Last week's ballot|
I put Utah back in because I do believe they're deserving. Their lone loss was by 7-points to the Ducks, who just manhandled Cal. To compare, Nebraska, who has a close loss to Virginia Tech, still remains in every poll regardless of the fact their wins include Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette. I guess it's good to know the Cornhuskers probably wouldn't have any trouble winning the Sun Belt.
I'm not sure what to make of Georgia Tech. They had to hold off Clemson, got beat badly by Miami and then dominated North Carolina. They seem almost as fickle as Florida State - which I think best sums up the entire ACC.
Speaking of the Seminoles, their loss to South Florida, at home, really hurts BYU. Especially when you consider the fact they only scored 7-points. Now I'm not sure the Bulls are that much more talented than the Cougars, but it sure looked like it Saturday.
Which is why I kept them out of this week's rankings, even though they do own a victory over Oklahoma.
Beyond all that, I wasn't buying the Washington hype after they beat USC (didn't rank them) and was correct in that assessment, since the Huskies got pounded against Stanford. Ole Miss is definitely overrated. Cal, too. TCU has the unfortunate pleasure of being the lone undefeated non-BCS team without a really good victory (Boise State with Oregon and Houston with Oklahoma State). That'll keep them under the radar for a bit, but the Frogs certainly have a more challenging road to a perfect season than either the Broncos or Cougars. So if they get through that unscathed, things should fall into place.
But that might be a big if, especially with how iffy their offense looks. Though their defense should carry them pretty far.
So there you have it. I know there was a disagreement with my last ballot, so I'm going to guess there will be with this one, as well.