After careful consideration, I've decided to rank Boise State #1. Why? Because they earned it. They traveled across the country and essentially beat a good home team with a top ten ranking. Why shouldn't they be ranked #1?
Fans don't want to see Boise State ranked that high because they're afraid the Broncos won't lose the rest of the season, and will end up in the national title game, so the argument to keep them #2 (behind Alabama) really has nothing to do with how good the Broncos are - it has to do with their conference and their schedule.
Boise State keeps passing the tests college football throws at them. They consistently beat the best teams they play. I honestly don't know what else fans expect them to do.
So, Alabama drops to #2, at least this week. I also downgraded Oklahoma for struggling against a lousy Utah State team and Florida for not having an offense against a team they should have easily destroyed. I didn't think Texas was that impressive against Rice - their offense, specifically their rushing offense, has to improve for them to be successful this season.
I'm not sold on Nebraska at #4, but the Huskers test comes in a couple weeks.
I thought Arizona looked impressive against Toledo, and Michigan moves into the rankings because they beat a ranked team at home. I'm not sold on Michigan, but someone has to occupy the 21-25 positions, and if you have a better choice, then let me know.
You know how this works. If you think I'm off or wrong about something, let me know, make your case, and I'll change my ballot before it goes final.