The second week of substantive polls are now out and the SEC remains well-represented in the top 10. Below you'll find the Coaches and AP polls as well as the Sagarin rankings aggregated in one handy chart, followed by our armchair take on them:
|1||Florida State (38)||Florida State (51)||Oregon|
|2||Oregon (16)||Alabama (1)||Georgia|
|3||Alabama (1)||Oklahoma (3)||Oklahoma|
|4||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon (6)||Texas A&M|
|6||Georgia (1)||Georgia (1)||LSU|
|7||Texas A&M (2)||Baylor||Florida|
|11||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Michigan State|
|13||Michigan State||Michigan State||USC|
|14||Ole Miss||Arizona State||Wisconsin|
|15||Stanford||Ole Miss||Virginia Tech|
|17||Virginia Tech||Wisconsin||Florida State|
|18||Wisconsin||Ohio State||Ole Miss|
|19||Kansas State||Virginia Tech||Arizona|
|24||South Carolina||Clemson||Kansas State|
Florida State remains handily in control of the two major polls. But Sagarin, as is often the case seems to have a soft spot for the point-producing Oregon Ducks. I'm a little surprised with how enamored AP voters are with the Ducks, who got 16 first place votes in the writers' poll. Interestingly the Sagarin computers also have a marked fondness for the Georgia Bulldogs who check in at #2. A solid win over South Carolina this week would likely not hurt that. You'll note that the Bulldogs are also among those receiving first place votes in the AP and Coaches, though remaining firmly in sixth in both of those.
The SEC appears to be benefitting from the fact that conference play hasn't really started yet, as five conference schools sit in the top 10. That's likely to change as four of the five are in the SEC West and will soon begin the process of cannibalizing each other. So don't get too cocky about that if you're one of those who roots for the Southeastern Conference as a whole.
Speaking of cocky, South Carolina remains tenuously inside the polls following a thrashing by Texas A&M and a win over East Carolina that was not in the bag until relatively late. Ole Miss slides on into the top 15, again, subject to getting their faces smashed in by Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama, and Auburn. But hey, Hotty Toddy early pollen' gosh almighty!
Ohio State takes a major step back after falling behind to Virginia Tech, tiring it up late, then letting it ultimately slip away. You heard it here first: this Ohio State team has the look of one that could come off the rails with one or two back breaks injury or otherwise.
What strikes you as interesting in this latest poll iteration? Until later . . .