Another fine week of football with three of the top five teams in the nation all going down. This week I had to attend an Oktoberfest party at my friend's house (I know. Twist my arm) so I didn't get to watch much football outside of PSU and Wisconsin. I did catch the first half of Texas-Oklahoma and listened to the second half on the radio in the car. Here is my ballot for this week.
Movin' On Up
Texas - I had a tough time deciding whether to put the Longhorns in the top spot. A lot of people don't believe in dropping a team after a bye week such as Alabama is. Looking at the resumes of the two teams I think Alabama is a bit stronger with wins over Clemson and Georgia. And frankly, I was not impressed with the defenses of either Texas or Oklahoma in the game yesterday. I think Texas' time in the top five will be short lived.
Oklahoma State - What? A 16 spot jump for the Cowboys? Hey. Don't hate the poll. Hate me. I'm a man. I'm 34 years old. We're at the point in the season where if you are undefeated and playing in a BCS conference you go to the head of the class. Especially when you knock off a top five team in the process.
Florida - Their domination of LSU puts them at the front of the line for the one-loss teams. Should all the teams in front of them faulter they deserve to be the first one-loss team to play their way back in.
Movin' On Down
Oklahoma - Down ten spots after their loss to Texas. Maybe a bit drastic, but where is the defense on that team? They had a 14-3 lead at one point. Championship teams lock down leads like that.
Missouri - I seem to recall a certain blogger ranking them below Penn State last week and taking a lot of grief for it.
Be Gone With You
Northwestern - Poor wildcats. I was almost starting to believe. Almost. If you could stretch my arms from New Jersey to Evanston, that's how close I was to believing in Northwestern.
Wisconsin - Consider last week's #22 rank a pity vote. Pity for the BEATDOWN we were about to put on you in your house.
Welcome My Friends To The Show That Never Ends
Ball State - David Letterman's alma mater is 7-0 and destroying everything in their path including Indiana and the same Toledo team that just beat Michigan.
Minnesota - Raise your hand if you thought Minnesota would be 6-1 with a win over Illinois at this point. Yeah. Me either. The funny thing is this team may win 10 games as they have a very favorable schedule. They don't play Penn State or Michigan State and they already lost to Ohio State. Their toughest game left is at Wisconsin who is already looking forward to next year.