Only one new team in the Top 10, and one team dropping out, though there's some shuffling around inside. The Bottom 10? Only two teams remain, as a few teams find their way into the Top 15 and others are victims of a massive bloodletting -- some of which should have happened the last couple of weeks. This week, I had no mercy.
And, yes, Ball State. I hate LSU for making me do this, but you don't get to stay in the Top 25 after giving up 50 points to two of your last three opponents.
Dropped Out: LSU (#12), Georgia Tech (#14), Virginia Tech (#16), Pittsburgh (#19), Northwestern (#21), South Florida (#22), Vanderbilt (#23), Wake Forest (#24).
The only change here is Florida, which moves up from the No. 7 spot. First of all, injuries or no, it's impressive to smash Kentucky 63-5. Secondly, Oklahoma has allowed more than 30 points to its last three opponents. Even in this year's Big XII, you have to play some defense. So the Gators move ahead of the Sooners.
Georgia blows out LSU -- no matter what the score says; Georgia was perfectly willing to continue scoring as long as the Bengals did. Oklahoma State can't fall too far after the loss to Texas; I almost put them at No. 6. Texas Tech shows us that there is a defense in Lubbock after the Red Raiders stifle Kansas. Southern Cal was unimpressive against Arizona. Utah -- sure. Why not?
Boise State prospers as LSU, Georgia Tech and Ohio State fall. The Buckeyes weren't bad against Penn State, but they weren't impressive, either. Missouri made a statement that they're back. Florida State -- ooh. Again, they move up four spots from attrition and a fifth from TCU's weakening resume, so this isn't really all that impressive.
Only two of these teams -- Michigan State and Boston College -- were ranked last week. But I was merciless on the losers in the the bottom part of the poll, and (I think) with good reason. Virginia Tech has faltered the last two weeks, Pittsburgh got blasted by Rutgers, Northwestern and Vanderbilt lost to teams that should be inferior to Top 25 teams, South Florida has lost to everyone with a pulse and Wake is back to being Wake.
Tulsa has destroyed C-USA, North Carolina is back in after waxing Boston College, Minnesota and Oregon are okay, I suppose, Michigan State rebounds after the disaster against Ohio State, West Virginia is turning its season around, BC doesn't quite fall out of the poll and Connecticut and Maryland win their way back on.
And, yes, Ball State. Blame it on Les Miles.