Now, if you've been following our vote in this poll, you know we haven't had maize and blue blinders on. In fact, we dropped Michigan after their opening victory over Vandy because we thought they didn't look good. But after their 47-21 drubbing of ND -- on the road -- Michigan takes a huge leap up in our poll to #5.
On a related note, how 'bout some props for Lloyd Carr? We've almost felt like a voice in the wilderness sticking up for him and, besides the obvious reasons, we were thrilled about the win for him personally. This man is 16-6 against top 10 teams and 4-1 vs. the top 2. He's taken Michigan to two out of the last three Rose Bowls. He shook up his staff without calling out people who weren't doing their job last year (as opposed to the way Larry Coker shredded his staff at Miami after last season) and has made it work. And just "shaking up the staff" doesn't make things better (yes, we're talking about Coker again). So give Lloyd some credit. And not that, "Let's wait until we see happens" bullshit credit.
Other voting notes:
* While Auburn didn't impress us (at least on offense), they did play one of the top teams in the country and won. That has to count for something and is much more impressive than a blowout win over a crap team. Thus, while we'd love to move Michigan up more, we can't do it in good conscience.
* Same with Florida. You go on the road to Knoxville and find a way to win, especially in a big rivalry game like that, you should get rewarded in the poll.
* We were big doubters on Louisville. But after losing their star RB and their star QB when the game was still close early in the 3rd, they still bitch-slapped the
* Oregon won with the help of some questionable calls but they still put fought back after going down 13 with three minutes left. So we're not going to punish them for calls they didn't make.
* As you can see, we're still not big believers in WVU. They haven't played anybody that allows anyone to see what kind of team they are. And they don't play anybody except Louisville. That's it. Florida is about to face Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia - in a row! Say they lose one of those, should WVU be ranked ahead? After the Gators already beat Tennessee on the road? For us, it's not just about being undefeated. If it was, nobody should ever play a tough schedule again.
And before WVU fans bitch and say the Big East schedule isn't their fault, talk to whoever scheduled Eastern Washington this year.
* From 17 on, you could almost pull names out of a hat. To accurately put a team in a specific slot at this point of the season is guesswork. One could almost stop the poll here.
* MSU impressed us with their road victory at Pitt (which is probably the second or third toughest team West Virginia plays this year, by the way)
* Oklahoma enters the poll at 25 even following a loss because they got hosed. Then again, they shouldn't have put themselves in a position to let that happen. If they punch in a TD with 3 minutes left instead of a FG, game over.