|1||Alabama||3-0||1||60||at (11) Arkansas|
|2||Ohio State||3-0||2||101||v. E. Michigan|
|4||Oregon||3-0||4||126||at Arizona State|
|5||Boise State||2-0||5||29||v. Oregon State|
|7||Wisconsin||3-0||8||108||v. Austin Peay|
|8||Nebraska||3-0||11||111||v. S. Dakota State|
|11||Arkansas||3-0||15||133||v. (1) Alabama|
|12||LSU||3-0||13||32||v. West Virginia|
|13||South Carolina||3-0||12||63||at (14) Auburn|
|14||Auburn||3-0||14||65||v. (13) South Carolina|
|15||Stanford||3-0||NR||86||at Notre Dame|
|17||Iowa||2-1||10||105||v. Ball State|
|18||Florida State||2-1||23||42||v. Wake Forest|
|19||Miami||2-1||16||48||at Pittsburgh (9/23)|
|20||Michigan||3-0||19||61||v. Bowling Green|
|21||Michigan State||3-0||20||117||v. N. Colorado|
|22||USC||3-0||21||40||at Washington State|
|23||Penn State||2-1||22||93||v. Temple|
|24||Utah||3-0||24||96||v. San Jose State|
|25||Air Force||2-1||25||62||at Wyoming|
With 25 percent of the season in the books (for most teams), I can start to see the errors of my initial poll.
For starters, I had far too much faith in the ACC. Of the five ACC teams ranked in my preseason poll—Virginia Tech (6), Miami (11), North Carolina (13), Florida State (14), and Boston College (25)—only two remain. The Hurricanes and Seminoles have also moved a collective 12 spots closer to “others receiving votes” territory.
There may be an argument that I have been too harsh to North Carolina, who hung tough, and scored points, against (borderline Top 10) LSU. Still, the Tar Heels were largely fueled by adrenaline in that game, which is something that cannot last the entire season. Unfortunately for UNC, some of their suspensions can last the entire season.
As judged by my current poll, my greatest underestimations can be found in the Pac-10 and SEC, as Arizona and Stanford (both initially unranked) have rocketed into the Top 15, while LSU and South Carolina have made double-digit climbs up the poll. In fact, the Pac-10 has experienced the largest gain when you consider Oregon’s rise as well. The other major mover has been Nebraska, up 10 spots to No. 8.
As for the Big Ten, things have been much less eventful. Michigan has made a move into the poll, and Michigan State has climbed slightly, but those moves are mostly offset by small dips by Iowa (No. 15 to No. 17) and Penn State (No. 20 to No. 23). Ohio State and Wisconsin are right where they started.
This weekend is not offering a lot of chances for major movement, but the SEC jumble in the middle should get sorted out with a couple of big matchups.
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