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