Also, Benny and I must admit we didn't see a lot of games Saturday as we were at the Michigan game. Then, Benny was at the World Series while I caught up on the day via College Scoreboard Final. But I'm guessing we're not much different than most AP writers who cover the hometown team and also get their voting info, unfortunately, via ESPN highlights.
As you look over our rankings, we almost wanted to rank Tennesse, Auburn and Florida as co-number 4s. They are a prime example of one team beating one team but losing to another, blah, blah, blah. And the only reason Arkansas isn't right there with them is that blowout loss to USC -- at home -- wasn't even close. Yes, we know they're a different team now but that, at least to me, is the beauty of college football -- every game matters, from the first to the last.
One "mistake" I think we might have made is with Texas in our initial rankings below. We'll probably end up swapping them with Louisville (a team whose big win so far against Miami doesn't look so impressive now). But we just can't see putting the 'Horns above those SEC teams. At least not yet.
Also, while it may look jarring to see that Texas "dropped" in this poll after a tough road win at Nebraska, that is more a function of how Benny and I try to do our voting -- by purposely not looking at our previous poll and moving folks up or down strictly on where they were the week before. Right or wrong, we try to look at the totality of the season at this point. Thus, with more and more information, sometimes we'll end up moving teams in ways that might not make "sense" in terms of the "traditional" polls. Because, to us, too often those traditional polls are intransigent.
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