Below is Clone Chronicles' Week 1 Ballot for the CBS Blogpoll. Confused? Click here.
Dropped Out: Rutgers (#24), Illinois (#25).
Other Teams Considered: Notre Dame, Southern Miss., Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Missouri
- Top 5: I think it's pretty straightforward. Oklahoma obviously drops out and everyone moves up one.
6-10: Mississippi takes VA Tech's spot. California looked impressive, while Ohio State, Penn State, and LSU moved up due to their wins.
11-15: Georgia Tech takes over Georgia's spot. BYU and Boise State looked pretty good this past weekend, and get moved up accordingly. TCU hasn't played yet, but only moves up 1 due to Georgia dropping (subsequently others move up). Oklahoma drops to #15.
16-20: VA Tech drops to #16, and Georgia to #17. UNC and Nebraska played as expected so they only move up two each (1 for winning, 1 for the FSU loss).
- 21-25: Kansas moves up to #21 as they take care of business. Clemson and Miami make their first appearances on my ballot. Clemson was my last team out last week, while Miami leapfrogged over the rest as they beat a ranked team on the road. Flordia State stays ranked. I think they are a Top 25 caliber team, and their first game could've gone either way. Iowa stays ranked as well. Some may think it is unfair to drop them so much after a win, but if you have to block two FGs to beat a a FCS team at home, you should be thankful you are still ranked.
- Utah is still off my ballot. I probably have them ranked between 31-35 at this point. They are ranked this year due to the previous year, and I do not think they are better than 3rd best in the Mountain West.
What I learned this past weekend:
- Oregon proved to me that I wasn't crazy to leave them out of my preseason ballot. The combination of a new coach, and tons of new starters does not bode well for success.
- I thought BYU would be a team that could get to a BCS bowl game. They have a tough schedule, but they just got through their toughest game. The rest of their hard games will be played at BYU. They may stumble, but they are a team to keep an eye on.
- The Bradford-less Sooners are not that fun to watch on offense. Yes, it's a huge loss to be without Bradford, but a National Championship contender should be able to have their backup QB play through a half. OU's defense played well enough to keep them in the game, but the offense did not. OU should be fine the rest of the nonconference without Bradford, but I question whether they will be able to win the South.
- The Big 10 isn't very good at all. Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois all looked worst than advertised this past weekend.
- Speaking of Illinois, where the heck is this highly touted offense? I expected the Illinois-Mizzou game to be a shootout, but instead it was a blowout.
- VA Tech has some players. I'm used to having a preseason ACC favorite turn out to be very dissapointing (see Clemson last year), but it looks like the Hokies are for real.
- Colorado needs to win 10 of the next 11 to keep Dan Hawkins promise. This very much looks to be a team that will win only 5 or 6 games and probably fire Hawkins. I don't see what Phil Steele, Tim Griffin, and other pundits are seeing. You cannot expect a team to do well that has questions on the offensive line and at QB. It's clear to me that Hawkins is not a good coach, and CU has fallen far from where they used to be.
As always, I'd love to hear your feedback on the rankings!