Last week's ballot
Dropped Out: Virginia Tech (#18), Central Michigan (#23), South Carolina (#25).
* My projections were a bit off this week, and I'm performing an autopsy on the carcass to see what went wrong. I'll have a post mortem report in the next day or two, but keep in mind that this ballot has nothing to do with the projections. The vote here is purely my own subjective opinion.
* Texas moves to No. 1 this week. As I have stated in the past, I'm more than willing to shuffle the ballot every week based on the overall performance of the teams. The Longhorns, over the past two weeks, have played like the best team in the nation and will, for this week, occupy the top slot.
* Meanwhile, Alabama should not be punished for being idle, as it's apparently been done in all the major polls. Yes, both Texas and Florida won impressively. But it's not like the Tide had bad week at practice (that may be the case, but you'll have to ask Nick Saban).
* The team I really want to put at No. 2 is Oregon, who's playing better than anyone with the possible exception of Texas. The Ducks did the unthinkable to USC and now own a stranglehold on the Pac-10 race. But logically there is just no way to put the one-loss Ducks over undefeated Boise State, who beat beat them head-to-head. And the Broncos are not the second-best team in the nation.
* I'm still just not buying Iowa. This may be the most contentious issue at this time, but the Hawkeyes' latest performance, to me, has more to do with luck than grit. Once in a while, you'll find a team that keeps escaping certain defeat in the most unimaginable fashion possible ... until it finally gets its comeuppance. See Hawaii, 2007.
* Notre Dame moves to No. 19. In the BCS Standings, it's at No. 22. The Irish are certainly within striking range of qualifying for BCS consideration (top 14), but they still have plenty of work to do. I will unveil the first BCS bowl forecast of the season later this week.