Nothing happened this week to dislodge LSU at No. 1 -- if anything, Oregon's return to ass-kickery made LSU even stronger (as did Boise State's defense on Georgia, which had no trouble running up points on South Carolina's seemingly solid defense). Here is thereality: Because I like to put a lot of stock in the quality of opponents beaten, the Oklahoma-Florida State winner has a good shot of surging past LSU into the top spot (although a strong performance by LSU against Mississippi State this week will certainly help its cause).
A quick word about the insane finish to Michigan-Notre Dame: Haven't seen as fun or thrilling of an inconsequential game in a long time. The reality is that neither of these teams is relevant beyond their sheer brand names -- the game was only in prime time for the novelty of the first Michigan night game (which was, to be sure, cool as hell). The finish helps rationalize the amazingness, but in the end, these two teams aren't in the Top 30 -- even if they played the most exciting game of the season thus far and set the bar for the rest of the way. There's something to be said for that as a consolation prize. Now, the poll: