The Guru's BlogPoll ballot, with notes below:
* I think we finally have some clarity in terms of where teams are and what their relative strengths might be after several weeks of conference play. This is an age-old rant: That's why preseason polls are bunk and anyone who slavishly adheres to his preseason poll as a guiding light is either not very smart or very lazy.
*West Virginia and its non-violent defensive philosophy is finally exposed on a day when Geno Smith couldn't chuck the ball around for 5,000 yards and 100 TDs. The Mountaineers may drop like a rock after next week's visit by K-State, which does not take kindly to the other teams moving the ball up and down the field.
* We finally give Texas Tech its proper due, though this may proved to be short-lived after next week's game against TCU. The same goes for the Aggies, who really did dominate a pretty fair Louisiana Tech team until the holding on to dear life at the end.
* Conference-by-conference tally: SEC (7), Big 12 (5), Pac-12 (4), Big Ten (2), ACC (2), MWC (2), MAC (1), WAC (1), Independent (1).