The biggest debate this week revolves around a team that didn't even play over the weekend: Boise State. The Broncos may have been idle, but their Week 1 victim went down meekly to I-AA James Madison, serving up fresh talking points about the legitimacy of their victory.
Did Boise State simply beat an overrated Virginia Tech, which lost by a bigger margin to JMU on its home field? Or did the Hokies suffer a terrible hangover, with mistakes and injuries taking their toll when they were uninspired to start with?
The Guru isn't about to punish the Broncos for the Hokies' sins. Teams should be ranked purely on the outcomes of the games at the time they played, not retroactively in a revisionist view. Virginia Tech can go 2-10 for all I care, it doesn't change the fact that it was a formidable team when it faced Boise State at FedEx Field on Labor Day.
Here's the Guru's ballot, with more ruminations below:
* The Broncos did fall back one spot on my ballot, but that had nothing to do with the VT-JMU game and everything to do with the Alabama-Penn State game. The Crimson Tide earned the promotion to No. 2 after that solid victory. Likewise for the Oregon Ducks, who ran off 45 straight points against Tennessee and confirmed that they have the most lethal offense in the country.
* Four teams dropped out of the rankings after losses, three of them in embarrassing fashion. Virginia Tech, without further comment; BYU, which was walloped by Air Force; and Georgia Tech, beaten by a Kansas team that a week ago managed 3 points against I-AA North Dakota State in a loss.
* Notre Dame dropped out of the ballot and was replaced by Michigan. Well, we've seen this movie before: 2009. The Guru remains skeptical of the Wolverines - but not skeptical of QB Denard Robinson, who by any reasonable measurement should be the clear Heisman frontrunner. If Robinson can stay healthy and Michigan does what it's supposed to - win the next three games vs. UMass, Bowling Green and Indiana - then maybe we'll feel a little more conviction about the Wolverines.
* Other teams receiving consideration for this week's ballot: Oregon State, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Florida State, BYU, Clemson, Connecticut and Washington.