"(I) think about 'The Lion King,' Simba gets hit over the head and (he's told) 'the past can hurt,' " Harbaugh said Monday afternoon. "'You can either run from it or embrace it and learn from it.'
No deltas because I forgot to insert a ballot last week.
Things got a little weird this week.
Oregon State? They've got three games in the books, all wins against BCS competition: Wisconsin, UCLA, and Arizona. Arizona and UCLA have wins against Nebraska and Arizona. Wisconsin kind of sucks I guess but still is favored to make the B10 championship game. As we move almost entirely towards resume voting, theirs stands out.
Texas so low? Combination of lingering preseason skepticism plus the fact that they maybe probably could have should have lost to Okie State but got bailed out by a non-fumble call.
GUH POLL GUH GUH GUH. Speaking of the poll at large, you know where USC is? 14. Stanford? 18. You know what happened when they played like two weeks ago? Yeah. Stanford won, you guys.
Hate Oklahoma. They have nothing on their resume at this point except a closer-than-it-looks win over UTEP and a loss to K-State. I am still hanging on to some expectation-based voting, and that's the only reason on they're still in there.
LA Tech. Two road wins over Illinois and Virginia plus a couple other shootout wins over Houston and Rice, which aren't good. Could ascend to legit BCS buster status in two weeks against A&M.
MIAMI? 3-0 in the ACC and almost locked into the championship game already.
Here she is:
I HATE LOSERS. Seriously you guys. I may have gone overboard here, but violence is called for. This is a poll. It is not a ladypoll. KEEP YOUR LADYPOLLS THIS ONE HAS TEN CALORIES.
I miss Pitbull.
Stanford #2 from unranked? Well, they beat USC, which seems like the most impressive win anyone's had so far this year. Alabama still gets the not until such time as they release my parents from their underground bunker where they're also keeping Denard's carries… but past them Stanford has the best win of anyone. Squeaking by San Jose State? Mere bamboozlery! A flim-flam scheme to catch USC a-napping. They're scientists.
It's week three. This will all figure itself out, and the worst thing to do is have poll momentum. Here we strive to give everyone poll-sickness so they have to take poll-Dramamine.
Starting to get irritated with WVU's schedule. No one else has exactly covered themselves in glory, no.
You beat teams, you go up. Missouri, Florida, and ND leap up for playing actual teams and defeating them. Missouri got nailed by Georgia, yes, but beat Arizona State which beat Illinois and there they go.
Goodbye. Dropouts are predictable save Oregon State; they are still just 1-0 and now that Wisconsin win just means they're slightly better than UNI and Utah State.
Arizona. I only talk about coaches who coach for Michigan. Stop emailing me about coaches who do not coach for Michigan. Unless I am trying to post something about Michigan's offense in which coaches who do not coach for Michigan are necessary to provide context and explanation, I only talk about coaches who coach for Michigan. And Charlie Weis.
No, I am not interested in how well that appears to be going. Leave me be, ropeholders.
Virginia Tech. I told you this would happen! (I thought they were going to be awesome.) At least Pitt's explosion against a very, very intimidating defense helps explain where all the brains were on Wisconsin's staff.
South Carolina? Will lose to Missouri this weekend, or my name's not Sam America.
As always, I never look at old ballots when I do these. Pay no attention to Oregon and Oklahoma flipping or VT and Georgia passing OSU; these teams are essentially tied in my mind and there's some jitter week to week as I arbitrarily stuff one in front of the other.
CARNAGE. Good-bye, Big Ten. Q: did I under-rank Northwestern? They have two BCS wins, one of them by ten over Vandy, who South Carolina beat by four. A: No. But don't give me guff for putting them in the poll. Someone's got to hold the baner high for the Big Ten.
Also starring in carnage: Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, and Utah. GTFO! Mah poll has no time for losers except Michigan. /weeps
Arizona. I know, I need to get over it.
High debuts for UCLA and Kansas State. Well, you win a game against a real opponent early and you get a bump. Their resumes are currently better than everyone they're in front of and probably a few teams they're still in back of, but this poll doesn't go 100% resume until about week five. We are gradually downshifting from preseason expectations. Keep your arms and legs in the car at all times.
Notre Dame. Pretty much the only team that fell based on something other than whim. Three point wins over Purdue will do that.
Am I irrationally high on West Virginia? NO YOU'RE IRRATIONALLY LOW ON THEM JERK
After a single week of play:
ALABAMA. Yeah, that'll do.
WEST VIRGINIA. I'm riding the Red Bull express until someone keeps them under sixty points, and possibly beyond that.
BIG TEN STUFF. Dammit, stupid things that exist. I dinged Wisconsin significantly from the preseason given their semi-struggles with UNI. No idea what to make of MSU's win over Boise, but raise your hand if you tackled LeVeon Bell five yards downfield. That's everyone.
VA TECH. Looked pretty janky last night, but at this point in the season a win over an actual school is worth quite a bit. Same goes for Clemson, though I think the Orange Bowl last year and Clemson's general Clemson-ness makes me leery when maybe I should not be.
SOUTH CAROLINA. Also looked janky against Vandy. I am suspicious they'll have enough offense to live up to their lofty preseason rankings.
MICHIGAN. Possibly homer overreaction to ugly loss, but I'm just looking at Michigan's lines and it's not pretty.
Teams of note
BORING AT THE TOP. The only controversy is putting the Ducks over Alabama when the comparative scores against LSU are not in their favor. If I'm going to use that to prioritize, though, I watched both those games and LSU's performance in the Oregon game seemed about on par with that against Alabama. It's admittedly splitting hairs.
BOISE RESILIENCY. I usually take any opportunity available to shoot mid-major teams with crappy schedules down the poll but it's hard to do that when Georgia's hanging out in the top 15 and Boise methodically dismantled them.
KANSAS STATE. Omitting them last week was an oversight.
PENN STATE. Unlike Boise I do take the opportunity to eviscerate PSU's ranking; now that they're on a loss par with various other teams it's hard to look at their scores and not slot them behind… uh… everybody. Their best win is against… Iowa? When that's the case you can't get away with beating Temple by 4, Indiana by six, and Illinois by three.
MICHIGAN. Holding steady, basically. I was a little more optimistic last week than the general population; this week I'll probably be right in line since three of the four teams the poll at large had in front of M lost.
Late, but I did get this in before deployment. Quickly:
Top eight. Are solid at this point. I'm going to have to start thinking about when to slide OU/UO above Boise, except I won't because those teams will either beat their undefeated conference rivals and obviously slide above or… like… not do so.
Will be interesting to watch the rest of Georgia's season play out. They've picked themselves off the turf after their 0-2 start and now control their own destiny to the conference title game. Win out against Auburn, GT, and UK and all Georgia will have to do to send up a Boise MNC hue and cry is keep it close into the fourth. That would be better than they could manage against Boise in the opener.
Next up. The nine through eleven spots are the land of one-loss teams I have zero faith in. I don't know, man. Penn State keeps winning. Their loss is pretty explicable. Their wins are not. VT and Arkansas are similarly myserious, though Arkansas is
After that. USC leaps up almost by default. They leap MSU, who struggled against Minnesota and saw its Michigan win take a hit, and benefit from an admittedly irrational hatred of this South Carolina team plus a totally rational hatred of Michigan's offense. Oh, and Nebraska found out what it's like to be a Big Ten team located in the midst of a bunch of corn playing Northwestern: not fun.
Michigan. Still with only the two losses and the Notre Dame win, but they're just hanging on at this point.