Dropped Out: West Virginia (#21), Northwestern (#23), Georgia Tech (#24).
Random Thoughts on the Weekend:
Texas Tech gets the top spot because their big win over Oklahoma State narrows the gap in strength of schedule between them and Florida. The Red Raiders' performance convinced me of their merit in two respects: (1) they were able to play at a high level the week after an emotional win in a rivalry game; and (2) their defense is for real, as they held an excellent offense to 20 points.
The season now heads for an obvious conclusion: the winners of the Big XII and SEC will play in Miami. USC is the only other team in the running, but they don't play any more quality opponents, so their chances to grab headlines are minimal. Their only shot would be for Missouri to upset the Big XII South winner in Kansas City or for Florida to lose in Tallahassee and then beat Alabama in Atlanta. Come to think of it, neither scenario is that implausible.
Is it me, or did Spread HD end up looking like every other Penn State offense in recent memory? If the Lions want to assign blame for their loss to Iowa, then might want to consider fingering a passing game that has totally gone in the tank in the past two weeks. Penn State confirmed every stereotype that non-Big Ten fans have of offenses in that league: bor-ing.
Did anyone else find it odd that Tennessee's players made a big show of loyalty for Phil Fulmer when he got canned, complained about the University's decision, and then promptly showed their support for Fulmer by losing at home to a bad Wyoming team?
All of the following were seen on the sides of milk cartons this weekend:
Charlie Weis's seven-point schematic advantage
My ability to care about the ACC