K-State? Admittedly somewhat for the novelty of ranking K-State first and a desire to see the poll at large reflect the closeness of the top two teams, but schedules are comparable with Alabama. Blew Texas Tech about how Alabama blew out Mississippi State.
Untying the Georgia-Florida-South Carolina-LSU mess. Georgia actually still loses this. They are 1-1 in this group of teams with one blowout loss and no other quality wins. Florida is 2-1 and beat A&M. LSU is 1-1 and beat A&M. South Carolina is 1-2, has no other quality wins, and beat Georgia raw. Ranking them behind Georgia is punishing them for losing to LSU by two points while Georgia doesn't play them.
UCLA? Nebraska win gains quality—I guess, I mean—and they beat Arizona State narrowly as the end of the poll crapped on themselves.
Duke? Hey, they've had more good wins than Mississippi State.
Why you hate Mississippi State? The Bulldogs' nonconference schedule features Jackson State, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee, and Troy. Their conference wins are over Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee, who are collectively 0-17 in the SEC. They just got hammered by Alabama. So… yeah, they edge Boise because Boise lost to a 5-4 MSU team instead of Alabama but they are essentially a mid-major right now. That they were 11th before the Alabama game is probably the dumbest thing polls have done this year. I'm part of that since I had them 15th last week. Derp.
Similarly, I had Louisville way too high last week. Best win: UNC, maybe Cincinnati. Projected fate against USC: not good.