As you'd expect, West Virginia's 49-14 loss to Texas Tech was the primary catalyst for change this week. The Mountaineers fell fell 13 spots to No. 17, while Texas Tech rose from the unranked to one spot lower, No. 18. I didn't have Texas Tech ranked in my ballot, though their next two weeks -- at both TCU and Kansas State -- could heavily influence that. All around, in fact, Texas Tech's schedule is crazy. After K-State, the Red Raiders host Texas and Kansas before finishing the season on the road at both Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Speaking of K-State, the Wildcats crept into SB Nation's Top 25 for the first time after a 27-21 road win over Iowa State. Notre Dame also used a two-spot climb to slide in at No. 5. South Carolina, meanwhile fell out of the top five coming up short at LSU, 23-21. That fall surprised me a little bit, as I only dropped the Gamecocks two spots to No. 6.
Elsewhere, Oklahoma rose five spots to No. 9, Mississippi State rose five to No. 14, Texas A&M climbed four to No. 20 and Stanford fell five spots to No. 22. Also, no sign of our Badgers yet, though they are still receiving votes. I reinserted Wisconsin into my ballot at No. 23.
As awards go, only one for B5Q this week and it's due to our inclusion of Wisconsin: third place in the "Coulter/Kos Award" for a high bias rating (calculated by subtracting the blogger's vote for his own team from the poll-wide average) that indicates "you are a shameless homer."
|1||Frogs O' War||TCU Horned Frogs||ballot||5.89|
|2||BCS Guru||USC Trojans||ballot||2.91|
|3||Bucky's 5th Quarter||Wisconsin Badgers||ballot||2.87|
|4||Maize n Brew||Michigan Wolverines||ballot||2.24|
|5||Tom Fornelli||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||ballot||1.70|