Osceola was actually performing a public service here. That turf was extremely naughty in the pre-game warmups. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
You've probably got the drill down by now in how the BlogPoll works, so I won't bore you with the details. This week, I had the same four ballots to draw from (mine, themhere, BL, and Pras) as last week, and I feel like we did a pretty good job accurately representing the current state of college football.
We might differ from the norm at the outset by ranking Florida State second over LSU. I offer no apologies for that decision; what FSU has done so far this season has simply been more impressive. Their defense has been particularly good and gets me past my reticence about E.J. Manuel. The most drastic shift in the rankings came from the result of one game when Stanford blowed USC into the dirt in southern California on Saturday night. That win earned Stanford the largest positive movement in the poll and USC the second-largest negative. Michigan State drew the honor of the most precipitous fall this week by virtue of their loss to Notre Dame.
All that said, the team I was probably most impressed with outside of FSU this past week was Florida, who absolutely throttled a good offensive team in Tennessee. The fact that A&M rebounded from their loss to the Gators with a similarly impressive (at least in terms of offense, shutting down Garrett Gilbert shouldn't be impressive at this point) blowout of SMU showed that Florida was probably underrated last week. Looks like a two-horse race in the SEC East right now with Georgia holding serve in the top-10 and Florida charging fast.
Finally, yes, we as a group kept Baylor in the rankings with Prashanth the hardest sell on the idea. I think we all recognize by now that Baylor is not as bad as we looked in the first half against SHSU. We're also probably not as good as we looked in the second. I would, however, take that SHSU team over many FBS schools, including Kansas, right now, and a 25-point win over the probable FCS champion justifies our remaining in the poll.
The complete ballot is below the jump.