At varying stages of the weekend, looked like there could be a lot of change at the top. Ultimately, there was none, as both Alabama and Texas resisted upset bids on the road from a traditional rival.
So the top stays as it is, with an interesting division now in the poll — there are six undefeated teams (the top six in my poll) while everyone else has at least two losses.
The good news is that the top three are all on course to play each other, so that will solve itself. Still, that could leave the lingering question if one of Cincinnati, TCU or Boise State is better, should they win their bowl game (and Boise State’s BCS chances improved greatly with some of the events of the weekend).
For what it’s worth, strength of schedule rankings back up having the top three separated from the next week. TCU is at 68, Cincy at 58 and Boise State at 80, all behind the top three teams (Alabama is 14, Texas 41, Florida 20).
A few losses to middle-tier teams meant some shakeup there. So many of these teams have similar resumes — eight teams have two losses, eight have three — that it’s blurrier than ever in that group. One of my major moves was putting USC back in the poll after its win over UCLA, meaning I now have five Pac-10 teams in the rankings. But then, Sagarain has six in his top 22 today,
Here’s my complete ballot:
6, Boise State
8, Ohio State
10, Penn State
11, Virginia Tech
12, Oregon State
15, Georgia Tech
16, West Virginia
24, Oklahoma State