This is not a power poll. I don't attempt to rank teams based on how good I think they are. I only rank teams based on their resume. What have they done? Not how talented are their players or what other polls project them to do, but what have they done? The poll is designed to be dynamic. I try to start from scratch every week.
Inside, not so subtle changes to the week 1 ballot.
Notes: What happens when you truly start from scratch doing a ballot? Completely throw out notions of who is good, who deserves to belong, and really focus on, 'what have you done.' I'd like to think that method results in a ballot like the one below. I'm sure there are holes. At this point it's hard to value a teams quality wins over another teams. We don't have enough information to qualify or quantify a quality win. But certainly, what Georgia did to Mizzou in the second half deserves more credit than either FSU win. What Kansas State did to Miami (yes, I realize Miami is probably horrible) deserves a lot more than LSU's victories over Washington and North Texas. UCLA, ULM, and Arizona all posted signature wins. Certainly better than anything Texas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, or Florida State has accomplished.
The ballot received flack last week for not using the criteria I set forth. Or, at a minimum, not applying it correctly. I think that is a reasonable criticism. When you aren't willing to set aside where you think teams should be, you get the coaches poll. When you get the coaches poll, you get made fun of by smart people, and you deserve it.
The next two weeks will likely see radical change. Florida State, for example, has yet to play even a bad FBS opponent.