As always, please remember I, like our Blogpoll leader, Brian at MGoBlog, don't refer back to the previous week's poll as I make my ballot. That, in my opinion, is bullshit. It's how teams that don't start high are punished even as they win and teams that lose their only tough game but started high (I'm talking to you, West Virginia) stay higher than they should.
That being said, this is a hell of an inexact science. If you doubt me, I urge anybody looking at this or any poll to do one of their own. After the top four teams, it's a crap shoot and you could justify so many different things.
As you peruse the poll above, a couple of things:
* Why did Oregon actually move up after losing? Because I watched the game. And if you're going to say Cal is the #3 team in the country and Oregon lost to them because the game-tying TD was fumbled on the one foot line through the endzone with :16 seconds left, why should they drop that far or at all? This is one of the baffling things in "those other polls."
* South Florida should rocket up the polls as not only did they beat WVU, but that Auburn win - on the road - now looks huge.
* Along the Oregon lines, I was impressed with MSU in a losing effort. A couple dumb penalties and Mike DeBord-esque playing calling at the end kept them from a possible huge upset.
* In that MSU game, it was the only time all season I thought Wisco looked like a real football team. But I'm still not a believer yet. This weekend's game against Illinois will tell a lot.
* Illinois, with a lone 6 point loss to Mizzou could be the real deal.
* I felt weird putting BC and Kentucky above Oklahoma and Florida but to not do so after results on the field thus far would make this poll no different than "those other polls" in that I'd be rewarding teams for their heritage and history and not just the 2007 season to date.
* Not sure if Texas still belongs in the poll. This might be a "name" ranking I hate so much. But who would I replace them with?
* Biggest questions marks of undefeated "teen teams": Purdue and ASU. Unfortunately, Michigan may be the ones to find out just how real they are next week.
Ok, bitch, moan, complain and call me a complete horse's ass for the above in the comments section. Always love to hear other folks' thoughts about something so subjective to begin with.