PRESEASON BLOGPOLL, TAKE TWO
Ignore the Delta arrows, as the Blogpoll apparently views these votes as the preliminary votes (again).
But after much thought, C&F has completed his actual, factual preseason Blogpoll ballot:
Dropped Out: Oregon
Justification, excuses, impressions:
--Auburn. Moves down from 6 on my initial ballot to 10. This has as much to do with my own uneasiness as I wrote the preview of the Tigers as it has to do with anything else. I still view them as a sleeper team, but a lot of things have to break their way. Again, bigger drops could follow when we have actual results to go on.
--Arkansas. Up to 19 from 22. Based in part on thoughtful commentary from Peter Bean at BON. Peter is right in that Arkansas returns a lot of pieces from last year's SEC West championship team. But I, like the Mayor, am worried about the trouble in Nuttistan.
--Hawaii. Up to 21 from 24, in part because of SMQ's argument that an undefeated WAC team should be high in the rankings but a once-defeated WAC team shouldn't make the poll. I disagree that a once-defeated team won't make the poll, but I do think Hawaii can run the table. The problem I have is that I can't justify moving Hawaii above teams that I currently think are better, regardless of where they might end up.
--Oregon State. I convinced myself to swap out the two Oregon teams, though I still think the Ducks could re-emerge. I just think the Beavers are the better team right now.
--Other things. I think there might have been some assorted shuffling here or there, but it was mostly to move the teams listed here up or down.