John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Crimson Tide holds onto the #1 spot, but some unlikely suspects have wormed their way into first place votes.
As expected, the Crimson Tide remained at #1 while LSU dropped a few spots after their underwhelming performance in Auburn. Equally expected, Oregon and Florida State have risen past them. Beyond that, a few thoughts on this week's poll.
LSU remains ahead of Georgia in the final poll, but I voted them one spot ahead on my ballot. At this point in the season their strength of schedule/quality of wins is roughly the same, but Georgia hasn't looked as if they were ever in any doubt of losing a game (much less one to a team who's only win came in OT against a Sun Belt team).
Including South Carolina at #7, The SEC has four teams in the top ten (and five in the top eleven with Florida knocking on the door). What's surprising is the seeming shift in the balance of power between the divisions. Alabama and LSU still look like the class of the conference, but UGA, South Carolina, and Florida all look to have righted their badly listing ships and are no longer the top contenders in the East by simple default.
Speaking of Florida, someone voted them #1, while Notre Dame, Stanford, Kansas State, and Florida State also received #1 votes. I know this is a "blogpoll" and we all have our own weird ways of filling out our ballots, but Notre Dame? We don't even consider Michigan a "quality" win anymore. Whatever.
Glad to see Oregon State getting some attention. They are quietly putting together a nice start to the season.
Also nice to see Rutgers getting some attention, even though I didn't vote for them and hardly think they have any quality wins on their schedule. Still, they strike me as "plucky," and I kinda sorta root for them.
In the others receiving votes category: who keeps voting for Miami? Louisiana Tech would have been a good choice for Mr. Irrelevant. Cincinnati still plays football? I thought we were over them. Wisconsin? Purdue? Central Florida? This poll has no merit. :/