BlogPoll Ballot, Week 1

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas --
2 Southern Cal 1
3 LSU 1
4 West Virginia 1
5 California 1
6 Florida 2
7 Wisconsin --
8 Virginia Tech 1
9 Auburn 1
10 Rutgers 1
11 Nebraska 1
12 Oklahoma 1
13 Louisville 1
14 Ohio State 1
15 Georgia 11
16 South Carolina --
17 UCLA 1
18 Southern Miss 2
19 Arkansas --
20 Hawaii 1
21 Penn State 2
22 Brigham Young 2
23 Boston College 3
24 Oregon State 1
25 Georgia Tech 1

Dropped Out: Michigan (#2), Florida State (#17), Tennessee (#22).

Just outside: Clemson, Texas Tech, Miami (FL)

Justifications, explanations, clarifications:
--Overall. If a team won, it did no better than hold steady. I'm not holding unimpressive Week 1 wins against anybody, because strange things happen in the first week. Next week will provide corrections. But if a team lost, I reserved the right to punish them. I might have been a bit too hard on Tennessee, but other than that I'm comfortable with the teams that dropped out. Impressive wins got higher rankings.
--Michigan. They drop out. When you lose to a team in a lower subdivision, you are not one of the Top 25. If I could rank Appalachian State, I might give them a Spurrier-esque tip of the hat. But I can't. This is why almost everybody else moves up at least one.
--Georgia. Impressive. I might have jumped them up a bit too high here, but the match against South Carolina should tell a lot. One of those teams will likely drop into the 20-25 range next week, barring a complete blowout.
--South Carolina. A de facto nudge down because of the worries about the La-La win.
--Boston College. The more I see, the more I like.
--Georgia Tech. Was the shellacking of Notre Dame at home a sign of things to come? Or will Gaileyball still prevail?

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