I'm very hopeful that some teams begin to solidify themselves as solid poll-worthy teams. It would make the voting process much less stressful.
(NOTE: Connecticut didn't help themselves in this. Art Briles is a good coach, but Baylor still stinks, and beating them by three on your home field doesn't impress me much.)
Perhaps we'll see some separation start to develop in the SEC, though I wouldn't bet on it.
PENN STATE over Temple
MINNESOTA over Florida Atlantic
OHIO STATE over Troy
NORTHWESTERN over Ohio
PURDUE over Central Michigan
PITTSBURGH over Iowa
MICHIGAN STATE over Notre Dame
INDIANA over Ball State
East Carolina over NORTH CAROLINA STATE
Alabama over ARKANSAS
OREGON over Boise State
NORTH CAROLINA over Virginia Tech
Florida over TENNESSEE
Utah over AIR FORCE
Wake Forest over FLORIDA STATE
AUBURN over Lsu
Georgia over ARIZONA STATE
A few thoughts:
- I don't believe in Notre Dame yet. Neither should you.
- I look forward to seeing what East Carolina does against NC State. They laid an egg last week against Tulane and nearly lost, but the Pirates should be ready for this one. If they can win, they're a serious threat for a BCS bowl.
- I love the Utah-Air Force matchup. In a non-conference game against a similarly-skilled team, I'd give Air Force the edge because of Troy Calhoun's funky offense. Kyle Whittingham, however, is on to Air Force's games.
- Florida State isn't for real until they beat a I-A team. Yes, Wake Forest would count.
- Auburn looked terrible last week, but they will be prepared for rival LSU. Don't read too much into that 3-2 game. Auburn's offense is better than that, and they'll be on a mission to prove that tonight. This time around, the winner of the game will get to double digits.
- One of the day's most intriguing matchups will be Virginia Tech-UNC. The Tar Heels thumped Rutgers on the road last week, and Tech continues to struggle on offense.