COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Cornerback Justin Gilbert #4 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates with Jamie Blatnick #50 after recovering a Texas A&M Aggies fumble at Kyle Field on September 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Just a reminder that this is not a power poll nor a predictor of future success. It's all based on who you've beaten through four weeks. I think it's best to start from scratch each week, so a team dropping doesn't necessarily mean they've done anything wrong, only that someone behind them did something very right. Words after the jump.
- Seems anticlimactic after the AP put them there as well, but LSU almost has to be your number one team. Road wins in Starksville and Morgantown, then shutting down an Oregon team that looks very Oregony in their games not against the Bayou Bengals? Keeping the SEC West theme alive, Alabama is at two after crushing Arkansas. They also oddly get a bump from Temple eating turtle stew on Saturday, as now Penn State's close win against the Owls looks better, meaning the Crimson Tide's win in State College looks better. We're getting into some nonexistent transitive property of college football wins stuff here, but I think LSU is one and Alabama is two until one of them loses to Florida/each other.
- This is probably an example of going with the shiny new thing over the reliable old, but I have Oklahoma State over Oklahoma at number three. Oklahoma ended up with a comfortable win over Missouri and still has the Florida State W on their resume, but Missouri might be kind of bad and Florida State is 2-2 with wins over Charleston Southern and Louisiana-Monroe. The way the Cowboys looked in their third quarter comeback over Texas A&M inspired a lot of confidence, especially since that's what they've been doing to everyone this entire season. I'm not saying I'll be picking them in Bedlam or that they'll still be ahead of the Sooners in a few weeks, but I ride with T. Boone on this.
- South Carolina and Boise didn't do anything wrong, but lost some spots due to attrition. Florida's next two games are Alabama and LSU, which means they could be somewhere between the clear-cut number one team in the country or the best 4-2 team in the land.
- If Clemson wins at Virginia Tech, they're going into the top five. If they lose, they'll still probably be comfortably in the high teens with wins over Auburn and Florida State. Since they're Clemson, something terrible is probably going to happen soon, but count me in on the Sammy Watkins bandwagon, as that was awfully fun on Saturday.
- Wisconsin is at number thirteen because they have not played anyone with a pulse yet. UNLV (lost 41-16 to Southern Utah this week), Oregon State (lost to Sacramento State and UCLA), Northern Illinois and South Dakota. Either the Badgers or Huskers will be in the top ten next week after they thrown down in Madison. The other might be out of the poll.
- I just keep South Florida and Michigan next to each other as a pleasant reminder of Notre Dame's disastrous first two weeks. Both of them have taken care of business against crappy non-Irish opponents.
- If you've played at least one team with a pulse and are undefeated, congratulations, as you're in the poll! This goes out to Illinois (Arizona State), Iowa State (Iowa and UConn) and Kansas State (Miami). Houston is Number 26.
- Barring a huge amount of attrition at the back-end of the poll, I don't see Notre Dame getting ranked until they hypothetically beat Purdue and Air Force. A blowout win at Pitt would have put them on a better course, but we certainly did not get that on Saturday.