And as I've made clear in the past, I think preseason polls are bunk and should not be slavishly adhered to just because a voter made it so. Case-in-point, why should teams like Wisconsin and Florida stay in the polls after such embarrassing victories? And is Oklahoma, which remained No. 5 in the AP poll after squeaking by UTEP, really an elite team?
Teams that went out of their way to play cupcakes - and then struggle at home - are severely punished. Teams that won against lower-division or lower-level opponents are not rewarded for their victories as much as teams that played tougher foes. Frankly, the landscape of early season college football schedule is downright desolate.
So my Week 1 ballot probably bears little resemblance to my two preseason ballots - and that's a good thing. And if you want to quibble about why I still have USC ahead of Alabama, here's the answer: That was the toughest part of this vote because these are probably the best two teams in the country. But I thought Michigan was overrated going in, so 'Bama's victory is a little bit less impressive in my eyes than for some others.
Here's my Week 1 ballot: