Much to talk about regarding the above so lets dive in, shall we?
First off, this was a bitch of a poll to do this week. After two weeks of chaos and a good body of work to start comparing teams with, things really changed. And as I always say, I don't look at last week's poll when doing the current week. That's how you get the crap that is the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive Piece O' Junk.
In no particular order:
* Why did Kentucky drop out? Because the win that looked so good and launched them into the poll - Louisville - now looks like dog cacah (or however you spell it). Take that win away and they lost to South Carolina and their only win is over a mediocre Arkansas team. And the biggest reason they dropped out? Because I didn't artificially keep them up high since they were in previous polls. Not looking back at the polls but just looking at the teams and their results, I didn't even realize they had "dropped out" until I submitted our poll.
* Oklahoma's loss to Colorado doesn't look as bad now when you take another look at...Colorado. Why the hell are the Buffs ranked? CU's two losses are to undefeated ASU and one-loss FSU and they have one of the best wins in the country, the victory over Oklahoma. As such, the Buffs enter the poll and Oklahoma moves up a notch.
* Mizzou's win over Illinois now looks very impressive (and convesely, the Illini loss to the Tigers doesn't look bad at all). Plus, the Tigers looked amazing in their win over Nebraska last Saturday so I put them where they are.
* S. Florida. While they struggled last weekend, in year which everybody has seemed to struggle (and often lose) to teams they should handle, USF still won AND boasts two of the best wins over any team in the country: Auburn and WVU.
* USC. They lost to a TERRIBLE Stanford team. However, how much further can you drop them when you look at the teams below them. WVU hasn't beaten anybody, nor has VTech since beating Clemson in Octorber isn't a big deal.
* ASU, while undefeated, has no signature win, although Colorado now looks pretty good. Still an unknown as far as I'm concerned.
* Why is Purdue still ranked? They lost to the #3 team in the country. They were supposed to lose. After OSU scored on its first two drives, they actually played like a team that is about 20 spots lower. Sometimes absent a win, the only thing one has to go on are losses. Such is the case here. Plus, who the hell else you gonna put in? When you get this low in the poll at ANY point in the season, it's guesswork.
* Same with Wisco, only in this case, that loss is a close one to Illinois. Although, one could argue about putting a 2-loss Tennessee higher here and I might have to agree.
* Ohio State is the real deal. Their defense is really clicking (unlike some D's I know that struggle against MAC teams). And they have just enough offensive firepower to do some serious damage. As much as it pains me to admit it, they are far and away the class of the Big 10 this year (which is sort of like being the hottest girl in East Quad).
* Wyoming?! My roll of the dice pick. They're 5-1 with their lone loss coming to 4-1 Boise State and one of their victories against UVA, that school's lone defeat.
As always, leave your thoughts on any of the above in the comments section.