Alright folks so the first week of games has come to a close. Boise State has beaten the Hokies to essentially give themselves a one game season before they expect a BCS Title shot. They've been crowned on twitter by so many it appears that we can cancel the 2010 season because Boise State would go undefeated through any BCS league AND, according to some, the Boise State schedule is apparently too daunting for SEC schools to have a shot at going undefeated.
Without further ado we might as well get to the Blogpoll. For everyone out there who called me a Boise State hater, you fail to realize my point regarding the Broncos. I'm skeptical of them but I've never let that cloud my fair assessment of what they do on the field. That said take a look at the first draft.
New teams in the poll all clustered around the twenties; West Virginia, South Carolina, Stanford and Arizona all impressed me over the weekend. No, I still haven't pushed to move Arkansas into the poll. They did nothing to impress me over the weekend, that lack of defense doesn't get exposed in a game like that so I'm still "wait and see" on the Hogs.
USC isn't "officially" out of my poll I wanted to get your suggestions on how I handle the Trojans going forward. They didn't look great Thursday night but I do think they're a good football team. I'd likely slide them in between 10-15 still.
Nebraska and Iowa didn't get worse in my eyes. They're the victim of circumstance. I was so impressed with Miami and especially Oregon that I felt they warranted some nice leaps in the poll.
Oklahoma and LSU did underwhelm me. Both struggled late against teams they should have crushed. I was proud to see OU ride DeMarco Murray like the beast that he is, that does bode well for them heading into the season.
Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Oregon State took the biggest drops. Pitt still hangs in the 19 range, VT in at 13 and Oregon State is out of the poll for the moment. Pitt and VT had a chance to win late and couldn't hang on. Oregon State hung tight but were out manned by the Horned Frogs.
Navy and UNC join Oregon State as the teams out of the top 25 for me (remember SoCal is still up in the air pending your thoughts). Navy fought hard but that bid to win 10 games might have gotten to the Midshipmen. They fumbled the ball more yesterday than any option team can do and expect to win. I was most appalled by the Navy second quarter ending sequence. At no point should the coach and players of the US Naval Academy look eerily similar, in terms of composure and decision making, to Les Miles' epic clock blunder at Ole Miss.
I couldn't keep my Heels in the Top 25 no matter how truly proud I was of their effort. Of course we're not going Lane Kiffin moral victories here but to say you were proud of their fight is allowed. We'll see what happens as the season moves forward, the chancellor is deciding folks' fate now and from what I gather he has a somewhat distorted view of what "handle this internally" means.