One quick look at this week's BlogPoll Top 25, and you can tell conference season is just around the corner.
Alabama remains at No. 1, while Oregon and Florida State slide up to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. That pair of rises is largely due to LSU's narrow win over Auburn, as the Tigers check in at No. 4.
Kansas State slides into the Top 25 via an eight-spot climb after beating Oklahoma (who fell 11 spots to No. 17), but the real big climbers come with Oregon St. entering the ballot at No. 19 thanks a to a 10-spot rise and Rutgers ranking at No. 23 with another 10-spot increase.
For Wisconsin -- which, as you'll see, still received some votes -- it doesn't mean much outside of Oregon St.'s climb. The Badgers' 10-7 Week 2 loss in Corvallis was only the beginning of their non-conference problems, though now that loss looks significantly better. Perhaps (read: hopefully) the real-life computers will agree.
As for Andy Hutchins' weekly writeup (linked above), B5Q's skepticism has faded to the point where we're no longer in the running for this week's "Straight Bangin' Award." Instead, B5Q's ballot this week had the least bit of swing, meaning according to Hutchins, "you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says." Indeed, most of the movement in this week's ballot was a bunch of one- and two-spot rises, as Oklahoma's eight-spot fall was the biggest drop. But we also had Clemson rise a spot on our ballot, from No. 10 to No. 9, while most blogs had them fall.
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