I honestly expected the Wildcats to slide a bit, but some other events conspired to keep any damage minimized. Here, find the AP, Coaches, and Sagarin rankings following Week 2. We'll unbox the polls later in the week.
|1||Florida State (38)||Florida State (51)||Oregon|
|2||Oregon (16)||Alabama (1)||Georgia|
|3||Alabama (1)||Oklahoma (3)||Oklahoma|
|4||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon (6)||Texas A&M|
|6||Georgia (1)||Georgia (1)||LSU|
|7||Texas A&M (2)||Baylor||Florida|
|11||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Michigan State|
|13||Michigan State||Michigan State||USC|
|14||Ole Miss||Arizona State||Wisconsin|
|15||Stanford||Ole Miss||Virginia Tech|
|17||Virginia Tech||Wisconsin||Florida State|
|18||Wisconsin||Ohio State||Ole Miss|
|19||Kansas State||Virginia Tech||Arizona|
|24||South Carolina||Clemson||Kansas State|
For some reason, Florida State remains atop the polls despite an uninspiring performance against The Citadel. There's an argument that they were dominant with their starters in the game and that The Citadel's a triple option team; there's a counter-argument that The Citadel is not really very good and the number one team in the country should look a lot better against an FCS opponent which isn't even a good FCS opponent. Oregon really deserves the nod after what they did to a pretty good Sparty yesterday, in my not-at-all-humble opinion.
Virginia Tech vaulted into the AP, passing the Wildcats; their move up was facilitated by Ohio State's plunge to 22nd and Nebraska's departure from the poll entirely after barely surviving the Daniel Sams Experience. BYU took the place of North Carolina, perhaps unfairly punished for a close home loss to San Diego State. In the coaches' poll, Virginia Tech also hopped over K-State, but Ohio State did not slide past, leaving the Cats at 20. K-State stayed at 20 thanks to Nebraska, who had been 18th last week; the Huskers did not, however, fall out of the poll, landing in 21st. North Carolina also clung to the bottom of the poll, beating Louisville by a single point and BYU by five.
Surprisingly unaffected: UCLA, who only slipped one spot in both polls. This is a clear sign that the polls are, frankly, a bunch of poo. Why? Because Memphis received not one vote in the AP and only four points in the coaches' poll. If UCLA barely escaped a team hardly even worth mentioning on poll ballots, then they should have been hit in the same fashion Nebraska was; if a voter didn't ding UCLA hard because they felt UCLA lost to a good team, then they should have recognized Memphis on their ballot. The only plausible explanation: it was a late game, which does absolutely nothing to alter the perception that the poll is a sham. If late games get blown off, delay the release of the polls to give voters more time to digest.