With Boise State playing on Friday night and no commitment on Saturday I was able to watch a lot of football this weekend. That automatically makes me overqualified to vote in the Harris Poll, but after a week off spending time in the real world (thanks for covering Kevan) I am back.
This poll is getting more difficult to fill out each week. It seems that no one is deserving of the Top 25 - after all, Temple was ranked last week and they return this week as well. Oregon and Iowa both drop as expected after losses, but for the first time this year, Boise State drops in the draft version of the poll. After the jump, find out where the Broncos land and make your comments to impact the final draft of this week's poll.
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Yes, the Broncos fall to #5 and TCU moves to #4. No, Mark May did not threaten to block my access to ESPN if I didn't drop the Broncos. For weeks I have felt that Boise State and TCU were pretty even, and while I believe that a team should not be penalized for winning ugly, they should also not be penalized for winning impressively. I decided that it was likely my allegiance to Boise State that kept them in front and that if the resumes were reversed I would have hurdled Boise State to #4 weeks ago. The win over Oregon is still the most impressive among the two teams, but the win over Clemson is gaining speed and the Horned Frogs' offense is looking as formidable as their well respected defense. I am not sure who would win if the two were to play at their best, but TCU has earned the bump at this point by playing at their best on a consistent basis. Remember, this is the draft version of the poll and there is still time for you to change my mind. Let your comments be heard.
For those of you that didn't jump straight to the comments, here is how the rest of the poll shakes out.
Iowa (temporarily) only falls three spots after stumbling to Northwestern. Without Stanzi, look for the Hawkeyes to free-fall out of the poll.
Oregon no longer has to wonder about being ranked ahead of Boise State and can now complain about other polls ranking USC ahead of the Ducks.
Teams 20-25 can realistically be changed for any number of teams not making a poll. Navy gets the final spot, because beating Notre Dame has to count for something.
Utah is overrated, but no other teams have stepped up to move them out. TCU will be up for another victory over an undeserving ranked team. BYU still not even cracking the "other teams considered." If TCU had wins over Temple and Navy would they still be getting as much credibility for strength of schedule?