The committee changed a little bit. The non-partisan voter did not submit an entry, but we have a new voter who is a Ohio St. supporter. She’s a true believer, but I thought her poll was fairer than how some of the others voted. Also, the Oklahoma voter is back. This is the first time there have been 7 voters.
The top 10 is about as expected despite the change. Alabama still clings to a lead by two points since the more pro-Ohio St. voters put Florida St. #3; and conversely, the pro-Florida St. voters put Ohio St. below #2. Oregon fell from third to seventh, and the rest of the top 9 remained in the same order.
Baylor was placed in the top 4 by 5 of the 7 voters, but Stanford is still getting high marks as well, so the Cardinal stayed ahead. Both have substantial competition ahead though, so it’s far from settled.
South Carolina jumping into the top 10 was unexpected from looking at last week though. I didn’t expect Oklahoma to tumble all the way to #21, although I do think it’s hard to argue that the big names from #20 to #25 should be any higher. Nothing else was too weird, except maybe for Texas A&M and Michigan St. going ahead of Oklahoma St. and Fresno St.
USC went up to 28th on the strength of just one vote. It is the Trojans’ first vote since I started this a few weeks ago. After the win over Miami, which had been 11th, Virginia Tech also rebounded well from failing to receive any votes last week.
Duke, Texas St., and Notre Dame (obviously) are also only receiving the support from one voter apiece. Ball St. got support from two, but that may change given the Cardinals’ loss yesterday.
I’m a little surprised that Ole Miss hasn’t gotten a vote yet. The Rebels lost to #1, #6, and #11 and have beaten #20 and #23. South Carolina, on the other hand, is #10 but has lost to two teams, neither of which has any points in the poll at the moment. The Gamecocks did beat #9 and #16, so they should be ahead by at least a little; but I don’t see them as (at least) 23 spots higher than Ole Miss.
LSU probably varied the most from poll to poll. The Tigers were ranked as high as #13 but were also un-ranked by two of the voters.
Anyway, despite some serious disagreements, I’m satisfied with the overall result.
All-Blogger Top 25
rank/team(first place votes)/total points[last week’s rank]
1 Alabama (2) 170 [ 1 ]
2 Florida St. (3) 168 [ 2 ]
3 Ohio St. (2) 162 [ 4 ]
4 Stanford 149 [ 5 ]
5 Baylor 147 [ 6 ]
6 Auburn 134 [ 7 ]
7 Oregon 127 [ 3 ]
8 Clemson 124 [ 8 ]
9 Missouri 113 [ 9 ]
10 S Carolina 99 [ 15 ]
11 TX A&M 95 [ 17 ]
12 Mich. St. 89 [ 18 ]
13 Okie St. 83 [ 13 ]
14 Fresno St. 76 [ 14 ]
15 N. Illinois 70 [ 16 ]
16 UCF 62 [ 21 ]
17 UCLA 54 [ 19 ]
18 Wisconsin 53 [ 20 ]
19 Arizona St. 49 [ 23 ]
20 LSU 47 [ 12 ]
21 Oklahoma 41 [ 10 ]
22 Minnesota 34 [ v ]
23 Texas 28 [ 25 ]
24 U. Miami 24 [ 11 ]
25 Louisville 22 [ v ]
Others receiving votes: Nebraska 16 [ v ], Va. Tech 11 [ ], USC 9 [ ], Duke 7 [ v ], Ball St. 6 [ ], Texas St. 5 [ v ], Notre Dame 1 [ 22 ]
(v = received at least one vote last week but was unranked)
No longer receiving votes: Texas Tech , BYU, Houston, Michigan, Georgia