More revealing is the fact that only one of those teams, Florida, fell to a higher-ranked opponent. The Tigers, Aggies, Gamecocks, and Bulldogs all lost to teams that we didn’t even have rated; only LSU lost to a team (Auburn) that had even received votes in the Tailgater poll last week.
In addition, we saw a few other upsets transpire, starting with Louisville’s implosion against UCF on Friday night. How did all of this affect the poll this week? Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the Week 7 poll after the conclusion of the first month of the 2013 regular season:
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Nebraska (7), South Carolina (5), BYU (4)
Funny how we’ve already reached this point in the weekly Top 25 and we haven’t yet talked about the biggest game heading into the weekend. We learned that Clemson is still a verb as well as a university, as the Tigers fell eight spots after getting obliterated 51-14 at home by the Seminoles. Florida State, on the other hand, jumps up a spot and sits directly behind the Crimson Tide and Ducks in third.
The biggest drop, though, did not belong to Dabo Swinney’s crew. That honor falls to Louisville, the scrappy AAC contender that was being given about as much weight in the national title race as teams like Fresno State and NIU. The Cardinals threw away a lead late, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory at home against UCF. The Knights vaulted into the top 15 for the effort, while Louisville slid 15 spots to a tie for 23rd.
This week’s poll has seen the most movement of any week yet this season, with the results out east dictating the pecking order. 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…