Dropped Out: West Virginia (#7), Clemson (#22).
In Waiting: UCLA, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Boise State, Tennessee.
East Carolina has to be in the top 10. No one has had a more impressive start to the season than the Pirates. Coupled with the the Buckeyes’ disappointing performance against Ohio and we have something I thought I would never do: place ECU ahead of Ohio State.
Conversely, I did not expect BYU to drop so far. But it took the Cougars a blocked extra point (and to some extent, a terrible NCAA rule) to eke out a win against Washington, one of the worst teams in a BCS conference. The teams that jumped ahead of them either maintained some level of status quo or impressed enough for me to say “there’s no way I can keep BYU ahead of them.”
I considered putting Illinois, Clemson, and UCLA in the top 25, but they didn’t do anything to impress this week. The Bruins had a bye, and the other two teams played FCS squads.
Most of the rest of the poll is a bit of a mess, The ECU ranking is non-negotiable, but fell free to point out other oddities/egregious errors in the comments.
Watched: Ohio-OSU, West Virginia-ECU, Miami-Florida, portions of Miami (OH)-Michigan, Ole Miss-Wake, USF-UCF, Texas-UTEP. SDSU-Notre Dame.