Watched a ton o' football yesterday and started working on my Blogpoll ballot (run by Brian at MGoBlog) early today. Here's what I have, comments always welcome...
As I always say, the first month or so of the season, expect wild swings in our poll. Like it should be. And just because a team that was "ahead" of another team last week won, that doesn't mean they can't get leapfrogged, especially as this early stage of the season. Polls are all a work in progress (or at least should be) right now.
That's why I think the "legit" polls are largely bullshit too heavily influenced by preseason rankings. I mean, Kentucky beat Louisville yet Louisville is ranked higher in both "real" polls. Why? Because Louisville started off ranked, the Wildcats did not. What a load of crap.
Couple of thoughts on the above:
* I think USC, LSU, Florida and Oklahoma are head and shoulders above the other teams. The drop from #4 to #5 is massive. These are the top four, then it's everybody else.
* If you didn't see it, USC's victory over Nebraska wasn't that close. Don't be fooled by the score. Bill Callahan was still kicking onside kicks down 18 with :50 seconds left. Bush.
* Texas got lucky. Down one and driving in the 4th, Colt McCoy threw a pass right to the UCF DB. The kid had nothing but green and an easy six in front of him. Instead, he dropped it, Texas scored and they held on. Texas really seems to be cutting in close early in the season.
* Penn State is #5 because...somebody has to be there. They actually struggled early against Buffalo before putting the hammer down. Could have put Cal or Oregon here.
* Sure Michigan stunk up the joint in the first two games, but maybe Oregon really is that good. They crushed a Fresno State team that lost in triple(?) OT at Texas A&M the weekend before. Interesting to see what this team does in the Pac-10.
* Speaking of the Pac-10, how embarrassing was the UCLA's 44-6 belly flop against previously 0-2 Utah, which had to go with its back-up QB and RB due to injuries. They're probably passing out pitchforks at Bruins Nation.
* Ohio State did what the do best under Tressel - win the tough, close ones. U-Dub had the mo' and was kicking for a 10-3 lead when the FG was blocked. Then came a 68 yard TD pass and a fumble on the ensuing kickoff followed by another Buckeye score and the game was over. And yes, believe it or not, I was rooting like hell for the Bucks. The Big 10 has looked simply awful this year. A loss here and they might have had to pull our automatic BCS bid.
* Wisco struggled again, this time against The Citadel. It was 21-21 in the third before they finally started to pull away. Luckily for the Badgers, the real cupcake part of their schedule is just beginning: the Big 10 season.
* Kentucky's win over Louisville was one of the reasons I love college football so much. Tell me every Wildcat fan watching didn't have a heart attack when Louisville's last gasp bomb was tipped and caught before the receiver was tackled short of the goal line. Big question though: What the hell was UK coach Rich Brooks thinking by only going for one after the Cats scored the go-ahead TD with :28 seconds left?!?! The kick left them only up by 6. Had Louisville somehow scored and won with a PAT, he should have been fired on the spot, the call was so jaw-droppingly stupid.
* Was that PI on Arkansas at the end of the 'Bama game? Could have gone either way.
* Finally, any ranking past 20 are, by the nature of the poll at this point, warm bodies.