Not as much discussion this week, made a couple changes. Comments after the jump.
*As you can see from the swing, I was completely wrong about Notre Dame and Michigan State. I still maintain that my position was reasonable as of last week, but I know when to give up. That said, I would not be shocked at all to see Sparty drop back down into the mid-teens after a tough trip to Lincoln this weekend. I was totally right on Illinois though.
*Changes in the top ten are relatively obvious, but it's not at all clear how 3-6 should be ordered. Were four-way tie an option, I would've been tempted to use it. At the bottom, I like Wisconsin a tad more than Oklahoma, and nobody really fought me on it. Also, their loss was much more impressive--or less unimpressive.
*Middle of the poll doesn't see a ton of changes, but Texas Tech debuts at #16. Only five teams have top 12 scalps: #1 LSU (over #7 Oregon), #2 Alabama (over #12 Arkansas), #8 Michigan State (over #9 Wisconsin), #16 Texas Tech (over #10 Oklahoma), and Notre Dame (over #8 Michigan State). Only Texas Tech has done it on the road. I tried to keep believing in Notre Dame, but they now have three losses, two ugly. Texas Tech, on the other hand, has only two losses, both to top 15 teams. Until someone behind them looks more impressive (or Tech gets upset by Iowa State again), the Red Raiders should stay. Feels a touch high, but the bottom of the poll isn't exactly lighting the world afire.
*Speaking of which. . . yeah bottom of the ballot. But hey, that Cincy win is looking better and better.
*As of now, our ballot is not the most extreme voter for any team (a marked changed from last week). However, we did cast the second highest vote for three teams: Arizona State, Miami, and Washington. I've made my feelings known on ASU, and their Trogan conquest looks better every day. I can't spike Washington too much for a loss to the Cardinal machine, and their wins over Cal (home) and Utah (away) are still better than most of the riffraff. Miami manages to be the first three-loss team in the poll, but I'm giving them a break on the first because of the suspensions. Since then, they've lost to #11 Kansas State and #18 Virginia Tech (away) by a combined seven points, beaten UNC away, and handled Ohio State and Georgia Tech with ease.
*I don't believe we have the lowest vote for anyone, but I do continue to pointedly ignore Penn State, who has been placed as high as #9 (Dawg Sports) this week. Hopefully Illinois will come into Happy Valley and take care of this problem. If not, there will be another two weeks of ignoring them before Nebraska comes to town and they can prove themselves against a passably decent team.