A 51-6 beatdown of Wyoming was not enough to prevent TCU and Oregon from gaining ground in the AP Top 25. In the Coaches Poll, however, the Broncos widened their gap over No. 4 Texas. How will BlogPoll voters view the Broncos' 45-point victory in Laramie? My guess is nobody watched it, and even the score does not give justice to how dominant the defense looked on Saturday night. Whatever doubts voters may still have, and I am looking at you, Men of Scarlet and Gray, will be answered on ABC when the Beavers come to town next weekend.
Speaking of whacked out ballots, Craig James has nothing on some computer ranking called the Rudacille Ratings, which places the Broncos at No. 18, four slots below Nevada and three behind James Madison. I couldn't find an e-mail address, otherwise I would send Mikrino their way.
Where should the Broncos fall after their win on Saturday night? Who else looked impressive, making a case to make a big move up the poll? View this week's BlogPoll draft after the break and be sure to add your thoughts on how this week's final poll should play out.
I expect many voters to drop Texas a few spots after what looked like a tight win over Texas Tech. But the Longhorns may not lose ground in this poll after a dominating defensive performance, only allowing only 144 yards of total offense to the Red Raiders. The defensive dominance was similar to the effort put forth by Boise State with the difference coming in turnovers in the form of three Garrett Gilbert picks.
Nebraska - 30,000 red-clad fans in Husky Stadium witnessed Taylor Martinez explode onto the Heisman scene. It's great to see the Huskers return to their power options roots. A tune up with the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State awaits before the Big XII farewell tour begins.
Nevada - The Wolfpack are proving that you don't need a good defense to compete at a Top 25 level. I expect Graham Watson to use her life savings to start a KaeperLegs for Heisman write-in campaign.
Arkansas - The Georgia game made me a believer in Ryan Mallett, and Arkansas may be the biggest threat to Alabama in the SEC West.
Arizona and Stanford - Arizona moves up after a victory over Iowa. Stanford has looked dominant against marginal competition. The battle against mediocrity continues with a Notre Dame matchup this week, then they visit the Ducks at Autzen Stadium the following week, which should reveal their true standing in the Top 25.
Wisconsin - For the second straight week, Wisconsin didn't look like a Top 15 team, pulling out a one point victory over Arizona State. I would have dropped the Badgers further, but any victory over Dennis Erickson should be worth bonus points.
Auburn and LSU - Both of these SEC (paper) Tigers have more to prove before they move up the poll. I keep waiting for LSU to look explosive, yet they remain inconsistent. Auburn will have a chance to show they belong and prove that I have overvalued South Carolina with their matchup next week.
Miami - Hard to put a 1-1 team in the Top 25 at this point. The Hurricanes get a free pass this week and with a game at Pitt this weekend can solidify their BlogPoll ranking.
Hmm...I totally forgot about Michigan, Florida State and Penn State on my draft ballot. That's what I get for not using last week's poll as a guideline. They will need to be added back for the final poll, but where should they be? Who else was left off that belongs among the top 25? Where would you rank Auburn, LSU and South Carolina? Post your thoughts in the comments and look for the final poll later this week.