Big thanks to E for dominating the BlogPoll while I was on vacation. It is a great honor to participate in the most legitimate college football poll, and we do not take it lightly here. It's still early in the season, so if you go by resume balloting - which I do - there are going to be some wild swings. My thoughts (and justifications) are after the jump, but please let me know what I missed in the comments.
- So the most important thing to rank high on the poll at this point is to have played and defeated a team (or teams) with a pulse, which is a lot harder to find than you would think. At the top of my poll, you've got teams who either beat or kicked the crap out of a good team. For example: Alabama (Michigan, @Arkansas), LSU (Washington), Florida (@A&M, @Rocky Top), Stanford (USC), UCLA (Nebraska), Arizona (OK State), Georgia (@Mizzou) and ND (@MSU) all have something shiny to hang their hat on.
- I have no ill will towards Oregon, Florida State, West Virginia or Oklahoma, it's just that they haven't beaten anybody yet. They have plenty of quality opponents on their schedules and when they start defeating those teams like they have Directional Tech State A&M, they will surge to the top.
- Northwestern hasn't defeated anybody that awesome, but three wins over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College are respectable and way better than what a lot of teams have.
- Looking ahead to this week: Notre Dame would have a stranglehold on a top ten spot should they win over Michigan, and Florida State would hop towards the top if they play against Clemson like they have against their first three opponents. The winners of Arizona/Oregon (what a fun game) and Kansas State/Oklahoma (ditto) are likely going to find themselves in the top ten.