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I keep swimming against the tide on Texas. Hey, they might be great, but we'll never know. If you schedule four patsies out of conference, you deserve to get punished in the rankings. I just ask you play one good team. The collapse of the Big 12 this year doesn't help. And, by season's end, I'll move Cincy ahead as well if they win out for this simple reason: the Big East might be one of the strongest conferences top to bottom this season. Crazy, I know. But it has something almost every conference except the Pac-10 lacks, a really good middle class of teams.
10 Ohio St
GT is one horrible game away from being in the top three and in control for the national title game. Boise benefits from some poll inertia. I want to move them down, but there's really a lack of teams forcing my hand. I'm back to ranking Oregon highly. Ohio St finishes its long road back to the top ten. Welcome back, Buckeyes.
14 Penn St
I'm very close to putting Pitt in my top ten, but I just can't make myself fully internalize what I said about the Big East. If Pitt's a top ten team, then the Big East has a good elite and a great middle class, and therefore is one of the best conferences in America. I just can't make myself believe that. Stanford is looking more and more like the Pac-10's power team as they become the latest team to whack USC's lousy defense. Then I have the Big Ten logjam.
16 Oregon St
17 Okie St
WVU was pretty close to spoiling things, eh? That's a good team. I'm back on the Beavers bandwagon, as their losses are to Cincy, USC, and Zona. They even have a win over Stanford. When the dust settles, don't be surprised if OSU is the team standing. Clemson has completely rebounded since losing to Maryland, perhaps the most mystifying loss of the season by any team.
A little mid major love at the bottom of the poll as Houston drops out because they can't beat UCF and UTEP. This means SMU might be in the CUSA title game, just to warn you. What the hell are the Trojans doing slumming with these teams?