Now that's more like it.
Buoyed by the twin morale boosts of the Big 12's apparent survival and K-State's first non-conference road win since 2005, I found myself slightly more motivated this week to fulfill the task at hand.
Of course, it helped that there were relatively few events last weekend to alter the majority of my preconceived notions.
And before you cross over the threshold of the jump to view my latest effort, I'd like to brag quickly that I was about two weeks ahead of the curve in nominating LSU to be my No. 1 team.
Way to jump Johnny-come-lately onto the Tiger Rag bandwagon I've been driving since then, Associated Press.
No movement in my top five for the first time this season. But the earthquakes aren't far off, I sense.
Oklahoma State showed me enough to bump them over idle Stanford, but I still saw too many weaknesses to boost them into the highest quintet.
Likewise, despite my initial temptation to plummet the Aggies into the abyss, my rationality eventually asserted itself.
Hate them or despite them, there's no denying that the first-half effort still was top 10-worthy, and dropping the furkheads further only serves to diminish Oklahoma State's accomplishment.
Arkansas and West Virginia looked mortal enough to round out the bottom of my top 20, forcing me to acknowledge that I likely had them over-ranked to begin.
As for Florida State, I resisted even leaving them in because I think it's way too early in the season to have two-loss teams in this thing when there appear to be so many other deserving no- or one-loss teams.
But it's hard to find a team with two tougher losses to two better teams (Missouri, maybe?), and the injury situation at quarterback must be taken into account. The Seminoles are on notice, though — no more losses or you're outta here.
Other than that, mostly minor adjustments to account for those moves of significant. Oh, and one homer call, but overall statistical trends should balance that out and afford me my one purple-tinted indulgence.