1. Alabama. One win away from back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. Shoot me. I’m serious: right here in the big toe. I don’t need it in a world this heartless.
2. Florida. I would call wrapping up with FIU and the ‘Noles anti-climactic, but when did the Gators’ season ever have a climax in the first place?
3. LSU. Don’t know if undefeated record vs. non-division winners means they’re underrated or lackluster performances vs. everyone else means they’re overrated.
4. Ole Miss. Nutt and Co. gave McCluster a combined 24 touches in the losses to Carolina and Alabama. Just so you know.
5. Georgia. Thanks for picking last week to finally solve your season-long turnover and penalty woes, Dawgs. Really, it’s appreciated.
6. Auburn. My kingdom for a do-over for Chris Todd on the Kentucky game.
7. Tennessee. Not surprised the Vols lost in Oxford, but 42-17? No accusing Kiffykins of doing things halfway these days–one way or the other, there’s going to be a blow-out.
8. Arkansas. Hogs get the butt end of the “what the hell do I do with teams 4-8?” dilemma this week, but they’re still the only ones with just one win over the other four teams in that group.
9. South Carolina. Man, do I wish I could wager on things like “South Carolina will end this promising drive to potentially take a fourth-quarter lead in epically bumbling fashion and never threaten again.” I’d have a new food processor.
10. Kentucky. ‘Cats have more to gain with dates vs. Dawgs and Vols than just about any other team in the conference.
11. Miss. St. Mullen’s done a great job in Starkville. There’s only so much even a great job can accomplish going up against the kind of schedule the Bulldogs have taken on.
12. Vandy. I’d wager no one is more aggravated by Kentucky’s rise to competency than the ‘Dores. 0-8 becomes a lot more likely (and lonely) when you’re the only one in the basement.
|Last week’s ballot|
Dropped Out: Houston (#10), Auburn (#23), Utah (#24).
There’s not much to say here. But for the record:
— I didn’t want to drop them all the way out of the poll, but Houston’s two losses are worse than any single loss suffered by any other team in the poll (save maybe Clemson’s at Maryland) and that Texas Tech win has seriously devalued of late.
— Arizona wins this week’s award for most underrated by the polls–the Wildcats don’t appear in either the AP or the Coaches versions despite having defeated both Oregon St. and Stanford, the former on the road. Penn St., to pick but one example, doesn’t have a single win as good as either of those and is ranked 12th and 13th.
— Ole Miss’s resume isn’t great, but they still manage to squeak in ahead of overrated MWC teams like Utah and BYU (or overrated Big East teams like Rutgers) to give the SEC a fourth team in the poll. Here, at least.