There wasn't a whole lot of movement in my week 2 BlogPoll ballot. This week again is a mixture of both on-field performance and season-long expectations. So, for example, this week Oklahoma moved up for its performance against Florida State. Utah continues to climb now that its game at Iowa State looks like it might be easier, as well as the season ender at BYU. Utah could be an 11-win team this year. I also decided to eliminate all teams with a loss from my ballot. Last week I left Virginia Tech ranked #25 and look what happened to them. So only undefeated teams in the top 25 this week.
I didn't move these teams around very much this week. Most of them just took care of business. Ohio State and Alabama both had impressive wins over ranked teams, so they are 1 and 2. Boise State's win over Virginia Tech has been somewhat lowered in value thanks to the embarrassing performance the Hokies put forth against James Madison, so the Broncos slide down a slot. Oklahoma slides back into the top ten by after a suspect week one by destroying Florida State.
In the middle
I missed South Carolina last week, but there was no way I could leave them out after a big win over Georgia. Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, and Arizona all move up thanks to losses by some teams in front of them. Stanford makes its premiere in the poll with a 35-point win over PAC-10 rival UCLA.
Rounding out the ballot
I decided to rank Michigan this week. It's hard to argue with the quality of its 2 wins thus far and I don't think I need to say anything Denard Robinson. I'm still not sold on the defense, but the Wolverines can probably with 8-9 games on its offense's back. OK State, West Virginia, and USC have all been mediocre thus far, so they are in here more based on my expectations for the team. USC will probably get things turned around and I can't find a single team in the Big East that has any breath of life at this point besides West Virginia. Cal has outscored its opponents (which includes Colorado) 104-10, so they make the top 25. Houston and Nevada are my two mid-majors that round out the ballot because of the big numbers they have put up so far. Cal and Nevada play this week, so one will have a very short life in my rankings.
What do you think?
As always, the final draft is due Wednesday morning. So if I'm way off base on something here, which there is a good probability that I am, let me know.