Michigan is up three this week thanks in large part to the failings of others:
Results for Week 5
This week the eyebrow-cocking gets real in the poll analysis and the CK Award has its lamest week ever—our winner over-ranked his team by a single slot. Tim's final ballot after the jump.
Changes (and non-changes) from draft ballot:
- I'm OK (for now) with having Texas on the ballot and not UCLA. Though the Bruins won a head-to-head matchup, they're also .500, with a 0-35 home loss on their resume. The Horns have no such indignity, though with a likely loss to Oklahoma this weekend, I'll be OK dropping UT.
- Switched TCU and Nebraska. Though the Frogs' win over SMU was unimpressive, Nebraska's effort on Saturday was much worse. I don't think it'll be a recurring issue, so the Huskers are likely to move up later.
- Re-inserted Utah around the middle of the poll, after completely overlooking them in the draft. Though their Pitt win is seriously de-valued, they've crushed the other opponents they've played.
- I'm OK with moving Stanford up as much as I did because their smackdown on UCLA looks much better with the Bruins' win.
A clarification on poll methodology (which should be clear by now, but it's obvious some aren't paying attention: This is a resume ballot. Teams aren't "moving down despite winning" if they do indeed happen to move down. Other teams are moving up past them on the basis of stronger resumes. Teams aren't put in a range where they "seem like they should be," they're ordered by resume. If a team doesn't "feel" like a top 5 team, and they have the fifth-best resume, then so be it.