The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with notes below:
* The Guru decided to take another look at Michigan and decided that it's reasonable to have the Wolverines back on the ballot despite two losses. They dropped the opener to Alabama, the consensus No. 1 team and lost a tight game at Notre Dame, which has risen to No. 7. Michigan shouldn't be unjustly punished for a challenging nonconference schedule.
* That said, the Big Ten has proved to be mostly filled with frauds, with the best team for the time being bowl-banned Ohio State. The B1G is not going to get a lot of love henceforth as it's now entering the conference season.
* The jury is still out on the SEC, despite the presence of three teams in the top six. We probably will not know several teams' bona fides until the end of the season, when they finally venture outside of the conference to play decent teams.
* Conference-by-conference tally: SEC (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-12 (4), Big Ten (2), ACC (2), MWC (1), MAC (1), WAC (1), Independent (1).