A few thoughts off yesterday's games:
*Call Boise's performance against Oregon State a wash as compared to TCU's. It certainly won't hurt (and I will be moving the Broncos up in my poll, because of the respect I have for OSU. I give TCU the credit; I will give Boise State the credit, too. And now we hit the multi-week stretch of Boise State dominance over some of the weakest comp in college football.
*So much for Texas' shot at a national title. Any loss is usually pretty fatal to BCS title-game hopes, but to get humiliated, by an unranked seeming lightweight, at home? Done.
(The Big 12 took a hit yesterday, with Oklahoma barely surviving a Cincy team that had disappointed this season. The best team in the Big 12: Nebraska.)
*Alabama's best win yet? When Alabama was down 20-7 on the road to a tough Arkansas team that looked like it had solved Bama's D, I still thought the Tide would win. And they proceeded to punish Arkansas into submission. The running game is so good.
*Trey Burton. He was already putting in a TD per game. On his 2nd, I said: Great. On his 3rd, I said: Wow. On his 4th, I jumped out of my chair. On his 5th, I shook my head. On his 6th, I launched "BurtonBlog.com." (Kidding, but don't discount Florida fans in hero withdrawal after 4 years of Tim Tebow now looking to create an idol myth around Burton.)
*Huge win for Auburn. There's no shame in winning close games over good teams. (And Auburn's win over Mississippi State now looks a lot more impressive than, say, Arkansas' win over Georgia.)
*That rule doesn't apply to Arizona, which got a huge W a week ago over Iowa but barely survived an ugly slugfest with Cal, which I wouldn't qualify as a "good" team. I was pretty high on Arizona after they beat Iowa, but this win will take them down a few notches in my poll.
(I also nicked Utah in my upcoming poll, because their season-opening win over Pitt now doesn't look nearly as impressive. A team's "resume" is a constantly evolving thing.)
*Get well, Denard!
*Mea culpa: I was very wrong about BC beating VT. Important style points for the Hokies (and Boise State). More: What was I thinking ranking Fresno State the past few weeks?
*Stanford is the real deal. The Cardinal gave Notre Dame a much tougher game than either Michigan or Michigan State. Next week's game at Oregon will be fascinating.
*More next week: Florida at Alabama, Texas-Oklahoma, Wisconsin-Michigan State.
*Early BlogPoll preview: Alabama-TCU as 1-2; Boise State jumps to No. 3; Oklahoma out of Top 10; Stanford into Top 10; USC and NC State making poll; Texas with pity No. 25 ranking.