I expect that if there are disagreements with my picks this week (and I expect that there will be disagreements), those disagreements will revolve around a couple of names in my new bottom three.
|Last week's ballot|
Dropped Out: West Virginia (#21), South Carolina (#23), Central Michigan (#24).
Once again, I'm glad to show my work (wouldn't it drive you crazy when you'd solve a complicated quadratic equation in your head in algebra class and your teacher wouldn't accept it because you didn't make any pencil scribbles to back up your idiosyncratic mathematical logic). You can click on the thumbnail of my handwritten notes up above as always to see all of this week's scores and records and some of my rationale for this week's choices, especially the additions. I don't expect the fact that I've finally added Notre Dame to stir up any controversy, but the addition of Rutgers and Temple probably deserves a comment.
- 6-2 Rutgers is replacing another 6-2 Big East school, West Virginia, but Rutgers' losses to two teams in the top 15, Pitt & Cincy, don't look as bad as the Mountaineers' losses to USF and Auburn. Also, I simply feel that the young Scarlet Knight offense is on the verge of gelling and going on an end-of-season run. We'll know for sure where they belong after their next game against South Florida.
- 6-2 Temple is replacing a losing MAC school, Central Michigan (7-2), after beating Navy yesterday. The Owls' six-game win streak is their longest since 1974 and their last loss was to Penn State. I personally feel great for Temple. How many times did we watch them play the Scarlet Knights over the years? It was a long-time rivalry with a nearby team; they always brought a lot of their own fans up the Turnpike from Philly to Rutgers Stadium. It was awful to see the depths they sank to in recent years; it's too bad we can't say "sorry" and give them Louisville's place in the Big East.