The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with a few notes below:
* As usual, the Guru's early season ballots have a lot of upheaval because I want to let the games decide teams' placements, not preseason hype. That's why you see teams dropping even after victories and being punished for playing I-AA teams.
* The teams that made the biggest impressions during the opening week are obviously LSU and Boise State. Both teams thoroughly dominated on neutral fields (in Boise's case, really an away game) and closed out the games in impressive fashion.
* The rest of the top-ranked teams all played the usual cupcakes and won as expected. This is by far the most disturbing trend in college football - bodybag games early in the season for nearly all the contenders. Fans complain about the NFL's preseason, but at least in pro football, once the real season starts, the competition is real. In college, the entire month of September is like the preseason.
* Chip Kelly can run up the score with the best of 'em, but when it comes to a really big game, his Ducks go into a shell. Outside of the Pac-10, which he admittedly has dominated, his record in high-profile matchups is now 0-4: Lost to Boise State in 2009 opener, lost to Ohio State in 2010 Rose Bowl, lost to Auburn in 2011 BCS title game and now the season opener to LSU. The common thread in those losses: Oregon seemed ill-prepared and got ravaged by turnovers. The culprit? Coaching.
* New teams that made the ballot this week: Mississippi State, South Florida and Houston.
* Conference-by-conference tally: SEC (7), Big Ten (5), Pac-12 (4), Big 12 (3), Big East (2), ACC (2), MWC (1), C-USA (1).