So there was a change in when the BlogPoll was supposed to go in since last week (or it had been that way and I was just made aware of it last week, either way); the BlogPoll actually has a submission deadline of Tuesday morning, not Monday morning like I previously thought. That's good news across the board, really; not only does it mean I don't have to
finish the BlogPoll during the podcast rush to finish the BlogPoll after the podcast on Sundays, it means that we have some wiggle room to discuss sheet overrides.
My previous thought process was to try and tweak the sheet before the games the following week and not really mess with the sheet too much between the initial and final rankings; I'm still inclined to do that (just due to my prior commitments making it difficult to mess with the sheet a ton on Sunday), but it does mean that we'll have enough time to process a bunch of manual overrides if we need to.
Looking over the rankings, I'm kind of struck by only dropping two teams out after last week; then again, we haven't really seen a ton of upsets, and previous weeks we had no clue who's actually any good. The teams who did lose were either a) already high enough or b) lost to a really good team, which it seems like we're okay giving them credit for. I'm kind of hoping conference play changes that - I still have visions of 2007 dancing in my head, and right now 8 of the top 10 teams will play each other, and 13 of the top 14 will. The lone exception? Boise State, same as always.
Also, it just feels weird to rank Illinois. It feels like a cosmic trick or something.
Total ballot swing: 62, which seems reasonable since there weren't too many weird results and at some point we'd be moving the rankings around just for the sake of it. We'll do that in Week 10 if we get bored.