We've got a new #1, and a few new faces in the top ten. Oregon State reenters and Florida holds on despite two losses apiece, and the Big East gets back on our ballot (barely).
Overall, I think this ballot is not our finest effort. Basically, I take the aggregate of votes from Yellow Fever, Norcalnick, Berkelium97 and myself, and average everything out points-wise to get an average poll, which you see here. Usually this results in something pretty reasonable, but I've got a few quibbles here. Namely, Alabama is still above South Carolina, despite both having just one loss. Utah flips with Michigan State, as though a beatdown of Iowa State were more impressive than beating previously unbeaten Michigan in the Big House. Stanfurd beats USC and drops three places (perhaps karma for rushing the field after their ranked team beat an unranked foe at home).
Anyway, we do have some justifications for these opinions. You'll find them after the jump.
Obviously, Alabama drops. How far?
Yellow Fever: I don't feel like Alabama needs to fall too far, even with the margin that they lost by - the game was close up until the end, and I think they've earned enough credibility so far to get the benefit of the doubt over most of the other teams out there that haven't had any real signature wins yet.
ragnarok: Yeah, the Tide still have wins over Florida, Arkansas, and Penn State (though how much that win is actually worth is debatable). There aren't ten teams I'd rank above them, that's for sure.
Norcalnick: It's really hard to organize all of the SEC teams. I ranked Auburn above South Carolina above Alabama to try to retain some reflection of the results of games between those three teams, but it's hard. LSU and Arkansas just add to the trouble. I don't like having so many SEC teams in the poll, or that high, but I think they've earned it.
Berkelium97: Auburn is probably the worst team of those spots (in order--Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas), but they are the only team that managed not to lose.
Who is your new #1? Oregon and Ohio State look like the likely candidates, although both Boise State and TCU's stock went up some not only with blowout wins, but also Oregon State's victory at Arizona. What's your criteria?
Yellow Fever: I'm going with Oregon as my #1 for now, because of the body of work they've had so far and the fact that they were able to still roll to a 20 point win even after losing their starting QB. I'm also making Ohio State my provisional #2 for now, although I could definitely be persuaded that Boise State should be #2 because their win over Oregon State looks that much more impressive. TCU should get a bump for the same reason, but they don't have that other feather in the cap that Boise does with Virginia Tech.