Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
Not much movement near the top -- but lots of it near the bottom, although the teams are mostly the same as last week. Except for... Utah State! WINNING TEAM! LOSING TEAM! WINNING TEAM! LOSING TEAM! WINNING TEAM! LOSING TEAM!
So what do you do with a BlogPoll when a swath of seven or eight straight teams right in the middle of it all lose? Basically you just play 25-card pickup and see where everyone lands, like I did in this week's ballot:
I had to differentiate between teams that lost to quality opponents on the road (like Oklahoma State, Michigan against Ohio State), teams that got hammered by other good teams (Oregon State against Oregon, Clemson against Sakerlina), teams that very well might have been sandbagging (UCLA against Stanford), and teams that just completely crapped the bed (Louisville losing at home to UConn, Texas gagging to TCU on Thanksgiving). But I didn't move very many teams completely out of the rankings. I ended up with 23 of the same 25 teams as last week, only making room for Northwestern and... lookie there, it's Utah State, who should have beaten Wisconsin except for #collegekickers, and lost a horrendously ugly 6-3 game to BYU, but won the rest of their games, including beating Louisiana Tech at their own game on the road.
There aren't many games left involving teams in this poll, but waiting on deck are Rutgers (if they beat Louisville), TCU (if they beat Oklahoma), Tulsa (if they beat UCF), and maybe Cincinnati (if they destroy UConn).