So the Steve in Iowa clan had an amazing time at the Michigan game on Saturday. We saw the D shut down Shoelace, we met the legendary Man-Cave QB Steve Herring, and the kids got to see a huge win in their first ever Notre Dame game. But enough of that, I'll try to have a retrospective up tomorrow. The weekend was so draining that it's taken till Tuesday to even get the blog poll in.
Anyway the shakeup in the top ten was mostly out of looking at where to put Kansas State and then checking the undeserved rankings for everyone else. K-State, Stanford, ND, and now Florida State each have quality wins. WV, Georgia, and South Carolina do not. Until they do they don't deserve to be ahead of this weeks climbers. And Iowa State? Just wanted to be ahead of the curve when they beat Texas Tech and climb into the other guys' polls.
I'll have to comment later ... term "legendary" used very loosely in this post. Unreal day/game. Can't wait to share with the fans.
The folks at WideRight NattyLight will be happy to see you're ahead of the curve on the bold ISU prediction.
I am not sure KSU deserves to be so high, but I find the adjustments interesting. In all honesty, 4-11 can probably be in almost any order and it would be justifiable. If our offense was better, I think we could beat WVU and FSU. The others, pretty sure we match up well.
I am also amazed at the difference in the narrative between FSU and ND. I agree ND has a better season to date resume based on opponents, but FSU has killed their cupcakes as we did ours. The narrative around FSU is that they are a legit NC contender although even the pundits acknowledge that is because of an incredibly weak schedule. Realistically, the only team that can beat them this year is Florida. I suppose a Va. Tech or Ga. Tech could surprise (assuming they play them both), but Va. Tech looks off this year.
The narrative around us is that we are better, but not back, and that is based largely on the SOS we still have to play. Given Oklahoma and USC loss, I don't think we jump our way into the title game, even if we win them all.
@Vairish84 I agree with a lot of your take on the narrative with the added thought that it's not just narrative but probably a pretty solid basis in reality, at least wrt to your take in FSU and ND.
As for K-State, I thought that going on the road and winning in Norman was a bigger win than either ND or FSU has, bigger than Stanford beating USC, too. They look to be the class of the Big 12 at this point and if they win they are conference champs that puts them on solid footing for the top 5.
And yeah I probably have ND too high given their offensive woes, but just a little hopeful they get things straightened out.
@SteveinIowa1 I will grant you that beating Oklahoma in Norman is a bigger win than Clemson in Tallahassee. Time will tell whether or not it is a bigger win than MSU in E. Lansing. Right now it is, but that is preseason narrative. Oklahoma was supposed to be the class of the Big 12, and they are still considered a strong conference. While MSU was a popular choice to win the Big 10, everyone is putting that conference half a step above the Sun Belt. If MSU runs the table and wins their conference, it is a pretty good win. I am pulling for them to beat tOSU, but then I was rooting for UAB as well.
Of course, if we go in to Norman and beat Oklahoma as well, does that mean as much as when KSU did it? It should. It probably means KSU's win is worth less than it appears now though not that our win is as good. Normal when you are dealing with what would then be a two loss team.
People had LSU and Alabama pretty high last year and they had offensive woes in games with good defenses. We have played three good defenses in a row. Certainly better defenses than the cupcakes of the world and better than Clemson, which is always challenged in that regard.