NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22: Texas Tech Raiders safety Brett Dewhurst #30, corner back Tre Porter #5 and safety D.J. Johnson celebrate breaking up a reception by Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills #4 as he walks past in the second half at at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma was upset by Texas Tech 41-38. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Here is my week 9 ballot, which finally shows some life at the top after a few weeks of stagnation. Of course, the top 2 meet on the field in a couple of weeks. Still, the top 10 moved basically in lockstep, with Wisconsin and Oklahoma taking the appropriate tumbles. Ballot and commentary below.
Nothing I saw caused me to juggle the top 10 other than to remove those who lost. Unsurprisingly, one-loss Michigan State takes a decent jump, although I had the Spartans pretty high before. The win over Wisconsin more than offsets the fact that the Notre Dame loss looks worse than it did a week ago. The bottom end of the poll changed quite a bit more. I begrudgingly added Cincinnati and Houston on the basis of their records, even if neither team has done anything all that impressive in any particular game. Texas Tech makes a jump into the poll after a nice win over Oklahoma. Baylor is in the odd position of having moved into the poll on a bye after having lost the previous week. Fortunately for the Bears, the stock of two-loss teams is dwindling, and the Bears have a better resume than the likes of Illinois, WVU, and Washington.
As always, your input is appreciated.