Here is our rough cut for the week 1 ballot. It's due Wednesday morning, but we have all night to hash this thing out and make something that's not totally humiliating to Rocky Top Talk. Maybe.
The logic, such as it may be, is thus:
Who's Number 1?
Take any of the top six, and I'd be fine calling them #1. Boise State had the toughest matchup, so I gave it to them. I don't know how to put Texas and TCU, so I basically flipped a coin in my head on that one.
Left 'em off. For one, they would have been pretty low as is it is (hey, it's not like they could defend a high ranking, right?). But for two, they're irrelevant to postseason conversation, so it's a little more useful to rank teams that can go bowling.
A very tough game against a very good team, and you could argue that they could/should have won. They don't drop much. I felt that just outside the top 10 was alright for now, but since there's nobody else that's really top 10 material, Miami won the lucky lottery.
Dropped out. They can boomerang right back into the top 10 (where their talent would have them) once they demonstrate the basic things that were lacking last week. But it's early and our only data for them is (a) that they have a lot of talent and (b) that they have no offense.
Basically everybody after Virginia Tech
If you have a better way to sort them, I'm all ears. Seriously, this week told us nothing for about 60% of all teams.
Thanks to (a) the Monday games and (b) Sagarin's online rankings data going completely wonky (everybody scores zero!), the computer rankings are kaput for the week. That's fine, so long as it gets fixed within the next two to three weeks. I'll start adding those in once we have 'em.
A statistics lesson: when you have only 1 data point, your variance is 100%. All we know is that some teams should probably go somewhere this-a-way (points up), and others that-a-way (points down-ish). But please: discuss, correct, and let's get something that looks kinda sorta like a ballot.