After this weekend, there's no longer a question about whether Nebraska should be ahead of Boise State or TCU. They shouldn't be...and down they go, out of the Top Ten. I'm slotting the Big Red at #13 now. Oklahoma makes the jump over TCU and Boise; they just look like a national contender. Auburn could be a candidate, but that 65-43 score looks like something out of the old WAC. Ohio State drops to eighth; if I have to choose between one loss teams, my vote goes to Stanford. LSU's struggle with McNeese State is asking for a demotion, but I'll hold them for lack of alternatives.
Texas jumps back into consideration at #16. Like I said, I think Nebraska's still a better team, but Texas outplayed the Huskers this weekend. Southern Cal reenters the Top 25 as well after laying waste to Cal this weekend. Mississippi State gets rewarded for winning at the Swamp...though that's becoming a bit more common this season. And I really struggled to find a 25th team this week to round out the ballot, before finally coming up with Kansas State. Their loss to Nebraska was really ugly, but they bounced back nicely against Kansas on the road.
So what does this mean for the PowerPoll? Not as much of a shakeup as you might think.
- Oklahoma State
- Kansas State
- Texas Tech
- Texas A&M
- Iowa State
Baylor leapfrogs to eighth, mainly because I don't think much of the Bill Callahan of the Big XII South, Mike Sherman. Iowa State's death march finishes up with a road trip to Texas this week. Kansas is, well, just plain bad.