Let me start by saying that I'm probably going to be called a homer for my poll this week. I don't care. It's too early in the season to be ranking teams based solely on potential. Resume at this stage is important. Now that doesn't mean it's the entire factor - it's just a leading factor.
Since so many teams in the top-25 this week played absolutely no one, it's hard to get a real feel for who's good and who isn't.
But based on my first ballot, these picks don't seem entirely ridiculous.
For starters, I had Utah ranked 16th. I had Pitt ranked 12th. The Utes won and fairly deserve to jump quite a bit because they actually played a good opponent (as suggested by the poll) and won.
Likewise, I had TCU ranked 4th in my preseason ballot, while Oregon State was ranked 20th. Their win, in my opinion, justifies their jump over Ohio State and Alabama.
Then there is Boise State. I've ranked 'em number one because I had Virginia Tech at fifth. That type of victory, which came essentially on the road, deserves that placement.
Of course, this is just the second week. Lots will change. If Utah stumbles badly this week against the Rebels (even in a win), I will penalize 'em for it. If Florida keeps winning and Bama beats them later this season, I will reward the Tide for it.
The problem the Broncos face is now, outside of their game against the Oregon St. Beavers, they face no one. So they might find themselves in the exact same spot the Tide and Gators found themselves this week - beating no one and getting passed up by teams that had bigger wins that week.
The joys of rankings!
Agree? Disagree? Am I absolutely clinically insane? Probably. But I love it and I'd have it no other way.