Finally, a return to normalcy in these parts. And by normalcy, I mean that only two teams in the top ten suffered defeats while the 2nd ten completely crashed and burned. These things grow more and more difficult to do every week.
The Buckeyes hold on the to top spot, while Oregon jumps LSU into the 2nd position. That's a function of LSU having the week off and a combination of the LSU loss at Kentucky looking worse, with the Oregon win over Michigan looking better and better. With Oregon welcoming Arizona State this weekend, the top come to focus even further next week.
We feel great about picks 1-9, but picks 10 and on, not so much.
As always, you can check the ballots of every voter and the final version is due Wednesday morning, so get your thoughts in by Tuesday night if you think we got it wrong.
|1||The doubters are thinning. Always tough Wisky comes to Columbus this weekend.||--|
|2||Dennis Dixon and the Ducks took care of USC and welcome ASU to town this weekend.||1|
|3||The Tigers had a bye before going to Alabama this weekend.||1|
|4||Earned some respect with that comeback in Blacksburg. The Eagles take on Florida State this weekend.||1|
|5||Say what you will about the guy -- cough -- penalties -- cough -- program out of control -- cough, but Dennis Erickson can coach. HUGE matchup in Autzen this weekend.||2|
|6||The Sooners had a bye before playing Texas A&M this weekend.||2|
|7||White, Slaton and crew demolished Rutgers. There's an outside shot the Mountaineers can get to New Orleans, but a few teams will have to lose.||1|
|8||The Mangino express will be the latest team to destroy Nebraska this weekend.||1|
|9||Took care of Iowa state handily. Travel to Colorado for a tricky road game this weekend.||2|
|10||Georgia neutralized Tebow and frosh Knowshon Moreno got 188 on the ground. Georgia fan already dreaming of 2nd coming of Walker.. but smaller.||6|
|11||This is about as high as you'll find a 3-loss team. The Gators get Vandy this weekend. That used to be considered a breather.||3|
|12||It was another close game until late -- this team loves living on the edge, but Charles and the Horns put it on Nebraska late.||2|
|13||Look who's all the way back up at #13. Minny gave Michigan a scare early, but it wasn't close at the end.||6|
|14||Injuries have ravaged this team. I do take back what I said about Joe McKnight looking slow a few weeks ago, though.||2|
|15||Depending on what side you're on, the Hokies either gave one away, or Matt Ryan looked the Heisman part late. Probably a little of both.||5|
|16||So, Northern teams can play some ball with Southern teams. Imagine that. Huskies get Rutgers at home next.||NR|
|17||Will this team even be ranked at the end of the season? They welcome the Bearcats next.||4|
|18||Yawn. Beat Mississippi and welcome Tennessee Tech this weekend.||7|
|19||Karma shoves its foot up the OBC's ass once again as the Buckeyes roll, while he goes down to a guy he used to collect rent from.||4|
|20||The Deacons beat UNC and square off against Virginia in Charlottesville this weekend.||NR|
|21||Hawaii beat the hell out of New Mexico State, but they won't move up much further until they beat a BCS team - which won't happen this year.||1|
|22||20 minutes away from moving into #1 a few weeks back, the Bears have suddenly lost 3 straight. The hippies protesting the new stadium have already won.||5|
|23||Bear Saban's boys had a bye before they welcome LSU to town this weekend.||--|
|24||The Badgers got back on track by throttling Indiana 33-3. Hoosier receiver James Hardy was held to 17 yards receving a week after torching Penn State.||NR|
|25||Why not? Troy can prove this ranking worthy by knocking off Georgia this weekend. Unlikely, but..||NR|
DROPPED OUT: Virginia (#18), Kentucky (#20), Penn State (#21), Rutgers (#24).