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CGB Top 25 - Week 2

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Well, we've now played two weeks of football, so we should know twice as much about which teams are good as we did last week.  Which still isn't much, frankly.  But it's a start.

Rank Team Delta
1 Southern Cal 4
2 Alabama
3 Brigham Young
4 Florida 3
5 Texas 1

Is USC the best team in the country?  I don't know.  I certainly have my doubts.  But I do know that the Trojans have the best win so far this year, and for now, that gets them the top spot in our poll.

But what about Florida?  Since the Gators still haven't played anyone with a pulse (and hosting Tennessee next week isn't going to change that), we not only remain skeptical, but we punish them (a bit) for an embarrassingly weak opening slate for a defending national champion.  Texas is in pretty much the same boat; yes, they did play on the road, but Wyoming was still widely picked to finish last in the Mountain West, hardly worthy competition for the 2009 Fiesta Bowl Champions.

6 California 1
7 Boise State 2
8 Penn State 4
9 Cincinnati 8
10 LSU 1

Oklahoma State takes a tumble (the SI cover curse strikes again!), and everyone else gets to move up.  Cincinnati followed up a convincing beating of Rutgers by hanging 70 on Southeast Missouri State.  Impressive, though I'm skeptical that this warrants a place in our Top 10.  I blame Avi for this, and you can too.

11 Mississippi 3
12 Houston
13 Ohio State 3
14 Michigan
15 Oklahoma

As Okie State falls, Houston rises up to (almost) take its place.  It's a great win for the Cougars, but its value 6-8 weeks from now will depend on the Cowboys putting the loss behind them and competing in the Big XII South.  Ohio State doesn't fall much after losing to a Top 5 team, while Michigan debuts in the Top 15 of our poll after taking down Notre Dame.  On reflection, this seems a bit high, but I don't particularly feel like a lot of teams below them have better wins or deserve to be above them (UCLA, for example, beat Tennessee, but it's pretty obvious that, right now, Notre Dame is better than the Vols).

16 UCLA
17 Georgia Tech 2
18 Virginia Tech 4
19 Miami (Florida) 6
20 TCU

Georgia Tech wins a thriller Thursday night over conference rival Clemson and moves up two spots.  This, honestly, disappoints me.  I thought the triple option was ineffective most of the night, Tech's defense was surprisingly porous, and they were very lucky to win that game.  I didn't include them at all in my Top 25, but Avinash and Yellow Fever overruled me.  I can't say why Virginia Tech fell (probably due to some random shuffling), but Miami (FL) definitely took a hit after their only win (Florida State) nearly was upset at home by I-AA Jacksonville State.

21 Utah 3
22 Oklahoma State 16
23 North Carolina
24 Oregon State 2
25 Kansas
Last week's ballot

The last 5 are always pretty dicey.  Utah doesn't look so hot after struggling with a San Jose State team that USC blasted just the week before.  Okie State is lucky to remain in the poll (how much is that Georgia win worth, really?), and North Carolina is lucky to still be undefeated, needing a safety (holding in the end zone -- ugh) to complete a 12-10 comeback victory.  Color me unimpressed.  Oregon State needed a last-second field goal to win at UNLV, but simply winning on the road in September is huge for them.  This week's Mr. Irrelevant is Kansas; the Jayhawks are 2-0 and have accomplished basically nothing.  We'll probably pick someone else next week.

Dropped Out: Notre Dame (#16), Georgia (#20), Florida State (#21), Baylor (#24), Navy (#25).

Notre Dame lost and Florida State nearly did so against lower-division competition, both justifying their exit from the poll.  Georgia suffers after Oklahoma State gagged vs. Houston, and Baylor and Navy simply get passed over by other teams with more impressive résumés.  No big deal; they'll be back if they keep winning.

Finally, as a measure of full disclosure, here's all three of our individual ballots:

ragnarok Avinash Yellow Fever
1. USC 1. USC 1. USC
2. BYU 2. BYU 2. Florida
3. Alabama 3. Alabama 3. Alabama
4. Florida 4. Boise State 4. Texas
5. Texas 5. Cincinnati 5. California
6. Penn State 6. Houston 6. BYU
7. California 7. Florida 7. Mississippi
8. Ohio State 8. Texas 8. Boise State
9. Oklahoma 9. LSU 9. LSU
10. Mississippi 10. UCLA 10. Penn State
11. Virginia Tech 11. Michigan 11. Georgia Tech
12. Boise State 12. Cal 12. Houston
13. Cincinnati 13. Penn State 13. Oklahoma
14. TCU 14. Georgia Tech 14. Oklahoma State
15. LSU 15. North Carolina 15. Cincinnati
16. Utah 16. Ohio State 16. Michigan
17. Michigan 17. Miami (FL) 17. Miami
18. UCLA 18. Utah 18. TCU
19. Miami (FL) 19. Oregon State 19. Ohio State
20. Houston 20. Virginia Tech 20. Virginia Tech
21. Oklahoma State 21. Ole Miss 21. UCLA
22. Nebraska 22. TCU 22. Utah
23. Kansas 23. Oklahoma 23. Kansas
24. Texas Tech 24. Oklahoma State 24. North Carolina
25. Oregon State 25. Georgia 25. West Virginia