Not much movement in this poll at all except perhaps at the bottom where we moved some team out and into the poll after losses or weak performances. Here are some thoughts on our ballot:
- It really doesn't matter right now, but we moved Oklahoma back ahead of Alabama after it looked to me like Alabama snoozed through the Vanderbilt game while Oklahoma thoroughly whipped Texas. The Sooners getting three defensive touchdowns and Landry Jones continuing to be a surgeon throwing the ball led us to move them up . One of Alabama or LSU is going to fall when they meet anyway, but Oklahoma won't be tested again until it faces Kansas State, or perhaps until the end of the year against Oklahoma State, which was also impressive.
- We moved Oklahoma State up ahead of Stanford because right now, Stanford hasn't played a soul, and Oklahoma State is as sharp on offense as any team in the country. We know, we know, everyone scores at will on Kansas, but 70-28 without even looking like you tried hard is pretty impressive.
- How smart do we look right now for never having ranked Ohio State?
- It might not be fair to Michigan to have Arkansas ahead of them since the Razorbacks have a loss, but, having a loss only to Alabama is essentially the same as not having a loss to anyone else. The Razorbacks mounted a furious comeback to beat Texas A&M two weeks ago and dominated Auburn in the second half yesterday to position themselves to perhaps win out until the season ending game against LSU. Which they will lose.
- We're pleased to welcome South Carolina back to the ballot after the Gamecocks humiliated Kentucky on Saturday. Humiliating Kentucky is always worth a few extra points in my book. Rutgers is also in at 4-1. The Scarlet Knights played Gary Nova at quarterback and beat Pitt, which looked a lot like the Pitt of every week except USF week. Rutgers' only loss was a narrow defeat to North Carolina on the road.