Oregon and Clemson are both really hurt by the weak quality of their best win. USC just isn't that good this year and they still gave Oregon a hell of a game. And honestly, I put Clemson behind a number of two loss teams because their best win is over either Duke or Georgia Tech. They can help themselves out big time by crushing South Carolina, but their schedule is so weak that there's only so far they can rise.
K. State falls not just because they lost, but because they were blown out by a 5 loss team. Georgia's blowout loss to USC really hurts them. Bama's win over Michigan is a nice boost, but their schedule is weaker than you'd think at closer glance.
Bottom line: This is really, really hard this year. I don't recall a year with so many viable title contenders. Hopefully things sort themselves out over the next two weeks . . . or, depending on how much you hate the BCS and love chaos, hopefully they don't?
atomsareenough: Obviously Oregon and K-State drop for losing. Damn shame, that. I was looking forward to a barnburner of national championship game. Anyway, at this point in the season, getting through without losing is an accomplishment, so I'm going to give the top spots to the two undefeated teams, Notre Dame (#1) and ineligible Ohio State (#2). Clemson did its job, so it sticks at #3. Oregon drops to #4 for its close loss to Stanford, and the Cardinal rise to #8.
I pretty much penalized the entire SEC for scheduling nothing but cupcakes this week Absolutely disgraceful.
ragnarok: Atoms, I often disagree with your rankings, but I wholeheartedly support this sentiment. What the heck are Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M and Kentucky doing playing FCS competition during the third week of November?!?
atomsareenough: That said, K-State dropping to #7 lets Alabama move up to #5 and Florida State to #6. LSU, A&M, and Georgia are 9-10-11, and I dropped Florida all the way down to #17 after having thoroughly mediocre performances against cupcakes two weeks in a row. If they beat FSU, they'll be back in the picture, but I am expecting a Seminole win right now. Utah State and Rutgers are 12-13, and UCLA jumps up to #14 after being USC. The Trojans drop out. Oregon State follows at #15 for me after sealing Coach Tedford's fate.
Berkelium97: Notre Dame is at the top but everything after that gets interesting. I moved Florida (2) ahead of Alabama (3) due to their superior resume. Oregon (4) falls slightly (4) while Kansas State (10) tumbles down the rankings.
I dropped Georgia (14) and South Carolina (16) ten spots each for failing to put away FCS teams until the second half.
atomsareenough: Oklahoma drops a little, Northern Illinois and Nebraska move up a little, and Texas, Oklahoma State, Boise State, and Michigan replace LA Tech, USC, UCF, and Wisconsin. South Carolina hangs on at #25 after an insipid win over Wofford, mostly because I couldn't think of anyone better.
Berkelium97: I wish I had a reason to keep Ohio State (5) out of the top ten. Somehow they keep snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Stanford (11) feels both overrated and underrated. I feel odd ranking them behind Oregon, but they’re certainly not a top-ten team. That defense is worthy of the top ten. The offense? Not so much.