My original preseason BlogPoll was based on some talent ranking data I had accumulated because I didn’t have any idea which teams were worthy of ranking in the top 25, much less any sort of order.
Admit it, neither did you.
I’m calling this “Transition Week” as we move from the hybrid talent-results poll of last week to a pure results oriented poll this week. That means if you aren’t 2-0, you aren’t in the top 25.
Including you 1-and-0 USC. Build up that resume if you want to play.
By my count, 35 Division I-A teams are 2-0. So, 10 of those teams are not making the top 25. The ten not to be included are –
It’s nothing personal to these ten, but I’m either not very impressed with who you have played, not very impressed with how you won, or some combination thereof. Go 3-0, and we’ll talk.
Of the remaining teams, I see 4 categories of 2-0 winners –
1. A “good” win and a “patsy” win – this would include LSU, Oklahoma and yes even Washington. These teams will get priority rankings.
2. A “good” win and a “bad” win – this would include teams like Cal and Texas. They get secondary rankings.
3. 2 “pasty” wins – Sure, you are blowing out the little guys. But we don’t really know you yet. This get’s 3rd priority rankings.
4. A “patsy win” and a “bad” win – Nebraska and Ohio State. Bringing them in at 24th & 25th.
Which gives this our Week 2 regular season results-oriented poll –
Mr Manic-Depressive again, I am sure.
I imagine Week 3 will start to see a firming up of our poll, as we are forced to perhaps include teams with a 2-1 record (You can be sure a Gator loss will drop them from my top 25). How USC plays at Nebraska will also be very interesting toward ranking the Trojans.