Dropped Out: Clemson (#5), Rutgers (#16), Oregon State (#19), Virginia Tech (#20), Central Michigan (#25).
A note: I don’t look at previous ballots before submitting these so if something doesn’t make sense week to week that’s probably why. I figure if I can’t even remember what I rated a team in the preseason my opinion couldn’t have been that important.
So… Clemson really burned my ass. Serves me right for ignoring that offensive line and the Bowden thing.
One week into the season and the “no one will be a BCS buster” meme is under serious threat: Utah, BYU, Fresno State and maybe even East Carolina all look like potential ballroom crashers, and, hey, if they draw the ACC champ that would be a game.
In re: Utah. Beating Michigan wasn’t that much of an accomplishment, but I was impressed with Brian Johnson and their pounding Samoan running back. The defense? Hard to tell against that motley crew. Still: they were pretty good and authoritatively outgained Michigan.
Games watched: M-Utah, NC State-South Carolina, UCLA-Tennessee, MSU-Cal, portions of ECU-VT,