It took five games, but I'll finally join the panting throngs that give Alabama their first-place vote. Roll tide, yippee.
And the reading of the Three Rules: Rule #1: I make exceptions to all of the following rules, as I see fit, except for Rule #2. Rule #2: for at least one week, the winner of a game must outrank the loser of the same game. Rule #3A: We cannot measure a team’s quality until it beats a quality opponent. (I understand that the "quality opponent" is subjective, and I’ve gotten over it. So should you.) Rule #3B: Beating a 2A team is usually a meaningless exercise.
OK, ok. You were all right-- Alabama is the best team in the nation. I wasn't sold on their defense, but holding Arkansas and Florida to 26 points, total, will cut the mustard at The Wimple. Oregon, too, benefits from its first solid win, rocketing up to fifth this week after bludgeoning Stanford in the second half of Saturday's game.
TCU and Ohio State have nearly identical resumes, and switched places because TCU's first conference roadie shutout was more impressive than OSU's first conference roadie win.
LSU falls off my ballot this week, despite having no losses, because the Tigers escaped losing to a bad Tennessee team only by the blundering stupidity of the Volunteers in the game's final seconds. Maybe I'm downplaying LSU's win over West Virginia, but to date I see very little to be impressed with in Baton Rouge.
Temple-- unabashedly one of my favorite little guys this season-- reappears, as we saw that the Owls are not a one-trick pony.