I had the hardest time putting together this ballot, so if y'all have any particularly persuasive arguments I am open to suggestion:
1-5: LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma State are the only no brainers this week. I'm moving Boise up to #4 (I can already feel the comments melting down as I type that) ahead of Stanford for one reason. Boise hasn't played anyone (unless you count Georgia, which I still don't despite their record and renewed ranking) but they've destroyed everything in their path. You could have said the same thing about Stanford before this weekend, but the first game that was a legitimate challenge ended up being a triple overtime affair that showed some considerable chinks in the armor. Maybe it was because they haven't been challenged yet and this is something they just really needed, I don't know, but until they take on Oregon we won't really know if their dominance was thanks to a soft schedule or not.
6-10: You can argue on whether Oregon or Nebraska is the best one loss team in the country, but I think you have to give Oregon the nod. Both have a curb stomping early in the schedule, but Oregon's is to the current #1 team in the country while Wisconsin's star has faded quite a bit over the last two weeks. Arkansas stays pat, though I want to punish them for needing a rally against Ole Miss and a 95 yard scoop and score plus a missed field goal to escape Vandy. That's a horrible two week stretch, but who do I put in front of them? Their only loss is to us, while Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech looks even more embarassing after the Red Raiders' pitiful performance against Iowa State. Michigan maybe? The only team they faced with a pulse on defense they only managed 14 points, so...
11-15: Houston continues to put up video game numbers and looking at the rest of their schedule...well, let's just say when SMU is the only team left that you think might have a prayer you might as well just give them the CUSA Championship now and spare the rest of the conference the embarrassment. Clemson takes a tumble after their inevitable choke job. Kansas State should probably drop further? Thoughts? Virginia Tech drops two after needing Duke to miss 3 field goals to survive a 14-10 crap pile. Penn State is still Penn State.
16-20: No real qualms about any of these rankings. South Carolina is back in despite the fact they are the worst one loss team in the country, but even I can't keep from ranking them at this point in the season. They're just special y'all, they just keep fighting and they may not know how to play offense anymore but they do know how to win.
21-25: The misfits this week see both Georgia Tech and Georgia climb back into the rankings. If Tech could get themselves together enough to play week in and week out like we saw against Clemson they would be terrifying, but as it stands are they ever going to be more than a 8-10 win team that's always on the verge but can never quite get there? Georgia is back just like South Carolina; they're not a good football team, but they've rebounded nicely from their two losses to open the season thanks to a pretty soft schedule and the good news for them is the rest of it isn't too tough a row to hoe. Auburn and Georgia Tech could give them trouble, but taking three out of the last four is not impossible and a nine win regular season plus a bowl win should be enough to save Richt's job. Wisconsin just keeps on falling, and I was tempted to drop them entirely. Losing on a last second hail mary to Michigan State is one thing, but putting yourself in that position two weeks in a row, and especially to this year's Ohio State, is just stupid. Southern Miss gets in thanks to a 7-1 record, and Washington gets to be Mr. Irrelevant this week since their only losses are to two top ten teams and I just really like Seattle y'all.
So, thoughts? Suggestions? Accusations? Fire away.