All the talk and speculation is over. We now have a week’s worth of college football evidence to go on, and I’ve got no problem ranking Boise State No. 1.
Homerism’s faithful followers know that I prefer rankings based on what a team has done on the field. My goal is to recognize achievement above all, so that the teams that put together the best seasons end up being ranked the highest at the end of the year.
Obviously, this poses a bit of a challenge one week into the season, and my ballot will look dramatically different next week (and the week after that and the week after that…).
WARNING: What you’re about to see may shock you. If you’re a fan of a powerhouse program that actually takes offense at this kind of thing, avert your eyes.
*I understand what Boise’s detractors are saying about the challenge of playing in the WAC versus the power conferences. However, no team can claim a better win in the opening weekend than the Broncos. They are a clear No. 1. For the moment.
*I tend to give more credit to teams that perform well away from home. Hence, Arizona checks in at No. 6 after blowing out the Rockets at Toledo.
*The only thing saving the Oklahoma Sooners from falling out of the rankings entirely was my favorable impression of Utah State. I suspect the Aggies are far better than they’re being given credit for.
*If Miami wins at Ohio State this weekend, the Hurricanes will almost assuredly jump from unranked to numero uno.
*While we’re at it, my Bloguin Heisman ballot: 1st – Kellen Moore, 2nd – Patrick Peterson, 3rd – DeMarco Murray.
Feel free to fire away in the comments section below.