The time has come for Boise State to move down on the ballot. Between the numerous complaints from nearly everyone who bothered to comment on last week's ballot to Oregon's road win of USC to Auburn's road beat down of Ole Miss plus strengthening of previous wins, BSU finally falls to No. 3 in this week's preliminary ballot, which appears in full after the jump. Final draft is due Wednesday morning, so get your complaints in before then.
Games Watched: Louisiana Tech at Boise State, Florida State at NC State (replay), Miami at Virginia, Missouri at Nebraska, Auburn at Ole Miss (50 percent), Baylor at Texas (50 percent), Utah at Air Force, Oregon at USC, Utah State at Nevada, TCU at UNLV (50 percent).
- First and foremost, I said when we were 2-2 that I wouldn't rank the Hokies until at least after the Georgia Tech game. We were expected to eviscerate CMU, Wake and Duke and we did. Our best road win, NC State, looks better now that the Wolfpack have beaten the ACC's best team in FSU. But it's still not happening. Your arguments for putting Tech in the Top 25 are futile. I'm sticking to my word.
- As I said before, Boise State gets bumped off by Oregon, which disposed of previously ranked USC in the Coliseum, and Auburn, which appears on a collision course with Alabama.
- Could Boise State have looked sharper against Louisiana Tech? Probably, but I really don't think it would matter with the performances Oregon and Auburn put up. Also, Auburn's best road win, Mississippi State, keeps looking better and better each week.
- I may not have dropped Sparty enough. They followed a dismal showing on the road against Northwestern with an absolute egg against Iowa. They're the paper tiger we thought they were.
- I tried to keep Mizzou ahead of Oklahoma, you know, since the Tigers just beat OU last week, and in doing so may not have dropped them enough. Also, Mizzou and Oklahoma lost on the road, which is somewhat forgivable. Nebraska lost AT HOME (and didn't score an offensive touchdown) against a Texas team that can now claim home losses to UCLA, Iowa State and Baylor. The Big 12 is a fustercluck.