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1-6: The contenders. I really like Wisconsin, but can't justify ranking them hire than #6 with their schedule. So I've expanded my top tier to include them. Boise begins their inevitable slide as teams above them start improving their resume. I do think they are a good team, but my overriding question is always: what have you done? Oklahoma climbs to #2 for obvious reasons, but LSU has two wins over ranked teams and holds on to #1. Stanford, who I was a bit skeptical of because of their o-line, has been killing teams.
7-11. Okie St. is just on the cusp of that elite group, but they need a big win. Nebraska makes a huge climb for destroying Washington after I probably moved them too far down last week. Oregon and VT are just slowly climbing the polls as they find their legs.
12-16. The Gators get a huge bump for a big win and most of the top 25 looking weak, and Arkansas takes a tumble for not playing anyone with a pulse. WVU beat a pretty good Maryland team on the road and USC keeps racking up wins over BCS conference teams. I'm not sure what to make of A&M yet, so they are still lurking just outside the top ten.
17-21. Ding dong, the witch is dead! Clemson makes the highest debut for knocking off the Zombie Chiziks. Auburn is harder to kill than a slasher villain. The other USC slides for struggling for the second straight week. I'm beginning to doubt the Gamecocks. Michigan makes a delayed debut, as the Notre Dame win now seems to mean something. But look at Iowa St and Baylor! The traditional basement of the Big 12 have risen up and scored some big wins.
22-25. Illinois debuts for a big win over ASU, who I had ranked. South Florida returns, as the Notre Dame win gets some luster again, and the bottom half of the top 25 all seemed to lose. Houston clings to life, thanks to a huge comeback over La Tech. And, uh oh... is that Texas I see?