Most teams have played at least three games at this point, and as most contenders enter the heart of their conference schedules the results of interleague play have allowed for perceptions to skew either for or against teams based on their affiliations. With fewer opportunities, our conception of relative strength will further crystallize as traditional rivalries play out in each zone. Autumn is officially here, and after a week mostly filled with mismatches and duds we’re about to see how things really shake out.
First, here’s how our ballots combined to form this week’s inaugural poll of the 2013 regular season:
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Minnesota (2), Michigan State (1), Georgia Tech (1)
There wasn’t much jostling at the top of the rankings this week. Stanford slipped into a tie with Clemson for the third spot after knocking off Arizona State in the only battle between ranked teams. The rest of the top ten all stayed locked in position.
Gaining the biggest bump this week was Baylor, who moved up four spots into 12th after their 70-7 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe asserted the Bears’ case as the top team in the Big 12. Falling the furthest, for the second straight week, was Michigan. The Wolverines have sputtered after their win over Notre Dame, needing a late comeback to defeat Connecticut a week after coming close to being upset at home against Akron.
That said, you’ve probably got a different opinion than us. With the spirit of contention in mind, you will find our individual ballots below. Leave your personal picks, acrimonious invective, base insults, insulting suggestions, or belligerent rants down in the comments below. You’re also always welcome to hit up any of us on Twitter to offer a piece of your mind…