This week's resumé-based ballot brought to you by late-nineties pop flameout New Radicals, whose volatile frontman Gregg Alexander reminds readers,
The Jackie Sherrill of ridiculously catchy music: peaked in the fall of 1999, never heard from again.
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What's real can't die
You only get what you give
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Missouri...Missouri just makes me pause. The Tigers have beaten two BCS conference teams, but it was Illinois and Ole Miss, two of the worst, most mid-major-like of the available options. And Mizzou's defense has struggled dramatically to stop attacks that were striving to improve to mediocrity - 484.5 allowed per game to Ole Miss and Illinois. Eh. Win is a win is a win, and everyone below Missouri has either lost or feasted on the even sicker and weaker, but the Tigers are in with a bullet for now.
In between, there are teams with some combination of good win/OK win/virtually ignorable win. For the time being, Michigan and Notre Dame are more or less "OK wins" that boost Penn State and Georgia Tech, whose other efforts have come so far against Florida International and
The Citadel Samford, respectively. Arizona State and Nebraska are tough cases: both have smashed weaker returning bowl teams from the WAC (San Jose State for ASU and Nevada for the Huskers), and then taken out game but inferior competition from one of the bigger conferences (Colorado and Wake Forest). Teams 12-16 all have decent wins to their name but have also beaten I-AA teams into the ground (or in South Florida's case, just enough that it didn't look too close against Elon), and when in doubt, any schedule that doesn't include a I-AA opponent on it has priority at this point in the year.
This will be completely different next week.