Blogpoll Week 3

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas 2
2 Alabama 2
3 Florida 2
4 Penn State 1
5 California 3
6 LSU 4
7 Boise State
8 Mississippi 3
9 Cincinnati 6
10 Miami (Florida) 7
11 Virginia Tech 7
12 TCU 3
13 Houston
14 North Carolina 7
15 Oregon State
16 Kansas 7
17 Missouri
18 Florida State
19 Brigham Young 13
20 Oklahoma 1
21 Michigan 1
22 Pittsburgh 2
23 Washington
24 Southern Cal 22
25 Ohio State 5
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Utah (#12), Georgia Tech (#14), Nebraska (#16).
Not too much to add here, though it is starting to be difficult to reward teams for victories over specific teams and penalize others for losses. Do I honestly think Florida State is better than Oklahoma, in a power poll sense? Not really, but FSU has played the better schedule and gets more credit for thrashing BYU, who beat OU, than OU does for thrashing whoever it has played over the last two weeks. I think Southern Cal has a lot of problems that getting Matt Barkley back won’t fix (with QB coach Jim Bates calling the plays, another guy named offensive coordinator, and Pete Carroll — coupled with the vacuum left by no Sarkisian/Kiffin — do you think USC might have too many cooks in the offensive kitchen?). And then with Boise-Cal-LSU I kind of waffle: I want to reward Boise, but the Oregon win doesn’t look as great in hindsight, they let Fresno back into the game, and the other teams have looked pretty solid. Hard to say. (And LSU’s win over Washington looks pretty good now.)
The most intriguing game to me is one where I didn’t quite know how to rank either team: Virginia Tech vs. Miami. I have VT ranked higher than some other one-loss teams. I do think Nebraska is better, and getting statistically buzzsawed by Alabama while keeping the game close isn’t bad for a team a lot of folks feel is playing the best in the country. Miami has looked great against FSU and Georgia Tech, but it’s not clear what that means. We’ll find out a lot this week.
Last, the movement at the top: Texas and ‘Bama over Florida. This is maybe ephemeral, but, while neither Texas nor Florida dominated, I liked Texas’s win over Texas Tech a lot more than I liked Florida’s win over Tennessee. And Alabama has looked consistent. More on UT-UF later.

  • http://www.twitter.com/cochranbt Brock

    WTF is up with dropping the Buckeye’s 5 spots? I might be a little biased, but beating a top-tier MAC team 38-0 somehow doesn’t add up to losing 5 spots, but that’s just my opinion.

  • 4.0 Point Stance

    The best argument for dropping Ohio State is that Southern Cal doesn’t look so great anymore. If UW can beat USC at home, OSU sure as hell better be able to beat USC at home.

  • Tim

    Can’t wait to see the breakdown of the UT/UF gameplans and find out what was spin and what was legit. I made my own conclusions based on everything I learned over the offseason here and elsewhere, so I’d like to see if I’ve got the right idea.

  • http://www.twitter.com/cochranbt Brock

    I can see that…and completely agree. That loss was probably the most frustrating loss we’ve had in the last 10 years, at least for me. I just can’t believe that there are 24 better teams in the country than OSU. We lost to (at the time) the #3 team in the country. I understand what they do the rest of the season affects us but I don’t think it should to that extent…again, just my opinion.

  • DUSTIN J

    Cincinnati is waaaayyyy too high. I live in Ohio and root for them(as long as they aren’t playing OSU) but they have played absolutely no one to be ranked in the top 10.

  • Me

    If Nebraska is out of the poll, so should Va Tech. Nebraska is the better team. I’m watching that game on ESPNU as I type this, its amazing that Va Tech won the game, just amazing.

  • Fourth

    I’m fine with Florida moving down…it’s early and they haven’t played up to expectations just yet. That said if you watched the Florida game it was apparent from the 2nd quarter on that Tennessee was not going to win that game, that they couldn’t make up for the talent differential. Different fumble luck and it’s probably 30-6, or 30-13 at least. But 23-13 is still a pretty respectable score, if again, not up to expectations.

    On the flip side, I watched that Texas game and to me the outcome was in doubt for the majority of the game. Basically I think that if Texas played the TT game 10 times, they would win about 8 or 9 out of 10, where as if Florida played Tennessee 10 times, they would win all 10. That’s just my point of view and I’ll allow for the fact that I might be biased towards Florida (though I have nothing against Texas). It’s also possible that Texas Tech is better than Tennessee, but that is harder for me to say having only seen Tech play once.

    Anyway these early season rankings are a pain aren’t they? I’m not so sure USC and OSU should be so low but I do think they are still overrated by the AP. Also, don’t be afraid to break up the FSU-BYU-OK beatpath. Top 25 teams don’t get embarrassed at home the way BYU did. It’s becoming clear that what they did to Oklahoma was a fluke helped along by a fluke injury to the defending Heisman trophy winner.

  • Gabe

    Auburn must suck huh? Clearly Washington is better.

  • Gabe

    North Carolina would so dominate Auburn. I doubt this auburn team could get 200 yards of offense against UNC and the mighy tarheels.