Um, OK, so that 8 am Monday morning deadline is a hard deadline? Oh. Even if I was delayed by coming back from a game? Double oh.
So, anyway, here's how my ballot for the week would have worked had I been more timely with submitting it...
(1) Bama gets the nod over OU for the top spot since the Tide have had a better opportunity to demonstrate on the field. OU (or perhaps even LSU) could grab it away after this week.
(2) I think the biggest complaint of my rankings last week was undervaluing Oklahoma State. I've adjusted for that this week.
(3) Again, I did not look at my ranking from last week at all when ranking this week to try and avoid pre-determined biases, though it's impossible not to remember roughly where any particular team was ranked. So if I "dropped" a team despite a win, that doesn't mean I necessarily think less of them. It more likely reflects the fact that another team or two has had a better opportunity in the early stages of a season to show what it can do against better opposition.
(4) Again, emphasizing what's happened on the field over maintaining preseason predictions, so I might be a bit skewed from the typical ballot. This most manifests itself by my "punishing" teams like Nebraska and Ohio State who struggled against mid-tier teams. If they keep winning, though, that will all balance out at the end of the day.
(3) Boise State
(6) Oklahoma State
(8) Texas A&M
(9) Florida State
(11) Michigan State
(13) South Carolina
(14) South Florida
(15) Virginia Tech
(20) West Virginia
(22) Central Florida
(23) Ohio State
(25) Mississippi State