As you look over our latest rankings, a couple things:
* Outside Ohio State, of the games we saw, ND was the next most impressive team with its bitch slapping of Penn State. While we don't believe Joe Pa's squad is nearly as strong as last season, Quinn and Co. looked very good, especially in the second half.
* Since we feel that before October it's still fairly impossible to accurately place teams after just two games, you'll notice a lot of movement in our poll. Teams might have fallen that won or didn't play. That's because I think one of the greatest flaws in the current poll is inertia based on where a team started. And simply because they won, they keep moving up. We're trying to take more factors into account than simply winning. And the preseason poll shouldn't count for much once games are played.
That's why you'll see that FSU, our preseason #1 took another tumble this week, actually falling outside of the top 10. But rather than saying how "unfair" that is, what was unfair was that they were ranked so high to begin with. That was simply a function of reputation and August guess work. Now, after watching them for two weeks, just squeaking past Troy Saturday, frankly, they don't look that good. Thus, that should (and is in our case) be reflected in the rankings based on what we've seen so far, not what we/other polls expected before the season started.
* We punished teams for playing 1-AA schools. Such games don't tell you shit. Period. West Virginia's schedule is an embarrassment to begin with and they shouldn't be moving up because of an "impressive" 52-3 win over something called Eastern Washington (not even a regional cupcake) while Texas gets hammered for taking on a top program. We're guessing Texas would have had a similar result against EWU, same for WVU against Ohio State.
Rankings should not simply be about Ws and Ls. Or everybody should play Eastern Washington (or Florida A&M and Nicholls State. Shame on you Miami and Nebraska).
For the record, let it be known Benny, in protest of such scheduling b.s., didn't even want to rank any team that played a 1-AA foe this past weekend.
* Michigan, which we dropped after the Vandy game, leaps to #11 for two reasons: First of all, after Vandy pushed 'Bama to the limit in Tuscaloosa, that opening win looks a little more impressive. Second, and even more importantly, none of the other teams they "passed" have necessarily looked better. Thus, they land just outside the top ten with a chance to prove they should be higher (or much lower) on Saturday.
Please leave us your thoughts. Would love to know what you think.