EDIT: I do try not to be unreasonable. Here is an updated ballot based on the below comment. Such effort was put into that, I'd feel bad if I didn't have some kind of response:
Four main points were made in the comment; my response to each:
- Move Okie State above Oklahoma. Response - no. They are so very very close in the system. Arguments can be made for each. State is undefeated and beat two common opponents by better than what OU did. OU thrashed two other common opponents that State did not. Tiebreaker: Oklahoma has a very solid out of conference win on the road that State doesn't have. So close between the two that we might just have to wait til Bedlam to sort it out.
- Move Nebraska below Wisconsin. Response - OK. This is one of the great challenges of ranking teams. Team A has done nothing outside of blow out Team B. Team B got killed by Team A but other than that has a much better resume overall. Both have the same record. Seriously, after Nebraska, Wisconsin's next-best game was beating Northern Illinois. I decided to give in on this one because of Washington's precipitous fall after getting belted by Stanford.
- Move Arkansas above Texas. Response - I'm an idiot. Yes, the system gives me Texas above Arkansas because frankly, Arkansas has a giant chasm between their best two wins and the rest of their schedule. I have their third-best win as New Mexico. (Sure, Mississippi's a better team - somewhat - but when I rank those games I take into consideration how you looked. Did you blow out a team you should have blown out? Or did you almost gag it away?) Anyway, despite all, a 4-2 team like Texas, with their best win as UCLA, should not be above 6-1 Arkansas that has beaten Auburn and A&M. This is why Blogpolleteers post their ballot before they're finalized, to fix stupidity like that.
- Replace Cincinnati with Houston. Response - sorry, not yet. Cincy, at least, beat a formerly-ranked USF team and squashed 4-3 NC State. Houston is undefeated, yes, but it's gonna take another couple wins to overcome the fact that the best thing they've done all season is to squeak past shitty UCLA, which just got curb-stomped by even-shittier Arizona.
So that is the new ballot - I'll put changes like this on top of the old one, but leave the old one up so you can compare. It's all about accountability.
I think it's pretty vanilla this week.
I did decide that the system was wrong to give me Oklahoma above Clemson; at this point in the season, 8-0 is 8-0.
Lot of churn in the bottom. All those teams that dropped out did so by adding losses to their resume. Some of them really bad.
Teams that didn't make it, in order: Houston, UNC, Illinois, West Virginia, Southern Miss, Auburn, Washington.
Obviously not gonna have any mention of UVA in this calculation this week. Or in any future weeks, I'd imagine. Maybe next year. Just wait til tomorrow when I get all ranty. We will definitely talk UVA then.