Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (#15), Maryland (#20), Northwestern (#22), West Virginia (#23), Air Force (#25).
Also Considered: Air Force, Wake Forest, Boston College, Maryland, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Tulsa, Rice, Oregon
Texas Tech moves ahead of Alabama in part because of how the Red Raiders destroyed Oklahoma State and in part because of The Crimson Tide’s struggles against a team that they should have beaten more comfortably.
With the exception of Oklahoma State and Georgia, I have to put North Carolina ahead of other 2-loss teams by virtue of not being blown out in either of their two losses, as well as playing a schedule that hasn’t had a guaranteed win since Rutgers.
TCU dropping ten spots is not so much because of their loss to Utah (it was a good game by both teams) so much as it is tacit acknowledgement that, with few exceptions, I can;t put the Horned Frogs ahead of other two-loss teams from BCS conferences.
All in all, the top ten is pretty straightforward, and 11-25 is just plain weird.