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In the Coaches Poll, there was one less voter this week because Arizona coach Mike Stoops couldn’t be reached. The Wildcats had a bye week so maybe Stoops went on vacation and forgot that the rest of the teams continue to play without them. It’s too bad because at No. 11, Arizona is ranked lower in the Coaches Poll than any other BCS component or the AP.
The past is coming back to haunt a couple of teams. Oregon jumped over Boise State to claim the No. 3 spot in both polls. Boise State might feel cheated, but the feeling will likely get worse over the coming weeks. There are currently 16 undefeated teams in the top 25 (and a few still unranked). Any of those teams has a chance to push past the Broncos depending on their strength of schedule. If Virginia Tech wouldn’t have lost that week-two game to James Madison, Boise State would have had a shot, but now there isn’t much the Broncos can do except hope for other teams to lose.
Also haunted by their past, Texas dropped out of the top 25 after their loss to Oklahoma. However, the drop was caused more by the loss to UCLA the previous week. There are currently no teams with two losses in the polls. Even Penn State received only one point in the AP Poll, and their two losses came from No. 1 Alabama and No. 15 Iowa. So other two-loss teams shouldn’t expect better treatment.
However, Texas actually received 33 points, and all 10 of the voters who ranked the two-loss Longhorns neglected to rank the two-loss Bruins who beat them two weeks ago. On the other hand, the five people who ranked UCLA, correctly left Texas off their ballots (going by head-to-head results). Which brings us to…
While everybody now believes that both Iowa and Arizona are ranked teams, we’re down to three who still put Iowa over Arizona. Lisa Byington is still the leader in that category, with a six-place spread. I can only scratch my head at her reasoning. Maybe she is still waiting for Arizona to have an impressive win…like maybe over…Iowa? Hopefully that isn’t her reasoning, or it won’t likely change until either one of the teams lose or November rolls around and Arizona plays Stanford or USC.
Michigan State upset Wisconsin last Saturday. The Spartans won by ten points at home, and while the game was closer than the score, you would think it would be obvious to place Michigan State over the Badgers… especially considering the absence of the Spartans’ head coach. Not the case for David Jones of Florida Today and Bob Hammond of the Laramie Daily Boomerang. They were the only two voters to rank the Badgers over the undefeated Spartans. Was this a case of them being able to “slide” the teams only so far on their ballots, or intentionally ignoring the results on the field, or just not paying attention? All three are bad, but I’m not sure which is worse.