|Last week's ballot|
Dropped Out: Notre Dame (#17), California (#23).
- I moved Pitt up to #7 one spot higher than the AP Poll, moving them ahead of Georgia Tech. I didn't do this as a Pitt fan, but more so because of their dominant performance while Georgia Tech struggled, winning in overtime, versus a bad 4-6 Wake Forest team. Georgia Tech's signature win vs. Virginia Tech is also losing its luster as they've fallen a lot in the polls.
- I hesitantly jumped TCU over Boise this week for a couple of reasons. TCU won in a blowout while Boise struggled a bit. Boise's signaure win of Oregon also looks a little less impressive after Oregon's loss this weekend. The Boise/TCU issue could get a little clearer as TCU plays a one-loss Utah team next week. If TCU can put up an impressive win, I'd imagine more voters would put them ahead of Boise.
- I agreed more with the BCS poll than the AP and USA Today polls on Iowa. I still have them ahead of two-loss USC and Ohio State teams...for now. Iowa's loss to a 6-4 Northwestern team is better than OSU's loss to a 4-6 Purdue team or USC's loss to a 3-6 Washington team. I think OSU will end up beating them, but if you look at the body of work right now, I think Iowa still deserves to be ahead of both teams at this point in the season.
- Penn State took a big tumble, not because I dislike them (which I do), but because I consider a 17-point loss at home to another two-loss team kind of a bad loss. They also don't have one good win on their resume, while some teams I placed ahead of them do (i.e. Oregon who beat USC; South Florida who beat 7-2 West Virginia; Arizona who beat 6-3 Stanford and Oregon State teams, etc).
- Told you so about Oklahoma.