The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with a slight chance at the top, more below:
* I don't buy the media's sudden distaste for TCU, which was first unleashed by Rodney Gilmore on ESPN and since picked up by all sorts of talking heads, who've seen TCU probably once all season. OK, TCU's schedule hasn't been murder's row, but neither was Ohio State's (better check the facts before opening your mouth, Gordon Gee!). But if Ohio State is one of only two unbeaten teams left, you think you'd hear a single argument about whether the Buckeyes are worthy?
* That said, I had to move Auburn up to No. 2 after Boise State's loss. The Tigers were lucky to beat Alabama, but we're in the results business. They won, and they have played a much tougher schedule than TCU's. But they should not be ranked ahead of Oregon because ...
* Auburn does NOT play in the toughest conference in the country! The next time I hear that phrase used to describe the SEC I'm going to throw acid on my TV! The toughest conference this season is the Pac-10, yep, the conference that might have only three bowl eligible teams. Of the toughest 11 schedules played this season, nine belong to the Pac-10. The weakest schedule of any conference members is played by Oregon, at No. 19. The Pac-10 is the toughest conference because it plays nine conference games and challenging OOC games. These teams do not schedule, per Gordon Gee, the little sisters of the poor.
* Stanford is hands down the best one-loss team in the country. It's a shame that the Cardinal won't get another shot at Oregon, because these two just might be the two best teams in the country.
* Nevada might be overranked on my ballot a bit, but since they have the same record as Boise State, why shouldn't they be ranked ahead of the Broncos? And there is no way that Boise should be behind any of the one-loss Big Ten teams. Boise's SOS is 62, and the Big Ten trio: Michigan State (60), Ohio State (64), Wisconsin (71).
* Other teams considered this week: Air Force, West Virginia.