Turns out I wasn’t the only one unimpressed by Virginia Tech’s 17-10 victory at East Carolina on Saturday.
The Hokies fell from 11th to 13th in the Associated Press poll released Sunday afternoon.
As you’ll see on my AP ballot here, I dropped Tech two spots, to 15th, elevating South Carolina and Michigan State ahead of Frank Beamer’s squad.
Oklahoma is No. 1 for the 100th time. Here’s a link to the complete poll.
And here’s the ballot I submitted this morning. All 25 teams I ranked made the poll, a rare instance.
1. Oklahoma (1-0): Convenient that the Sooners’ open date came before their collision this week at Florida State. Whatcha got Landry Jones?
2. LSU (2-0): The Tigers used a 49-3 dusting of Northwestern State to prepare for Thursday’s nasty test at Mississippi State.
3. Alabama (2-0): The Crimson Tide smothered Penn State 27-11 in Happy Valley on Saturday and hosts North Texas this week.
4. Boise State (1-0): Broncos need only watch tape of Toledo’s 27-22 loss at Ohio State to realize Friday’s game against Rockets is not to be taken lightly.
5. Stanford (2-0): Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden torched Arizona for 397 yards on Thursday. What will Cardinal’s Andrew Luck do Saturday? Stanford coming off 44-14 rout of Duke.
6. Florida State (2-0): Are the Seminoles ready for prime time after torching Charleston Southern 62-10? Saturday night against Oklahoma should tell us plenty. FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops plots against brother Bob.
7. Oklahoma State (2-0): The Cowboys scored 98 points combined in routs of Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona. Doubt a roadie at Tulsa slows them.
8. Texas A&M (1-0): Bless the Aggies’ hearts for showing us the difference between pass interference and tortious interference. They were idle last week and host Idaho this.
9. Wisconsin (2-0): The Badgers’ tame non-conference path continues this week versus Northern Illinois after a 35-0 victory over Oregon State.
10. South Carolina (2-0): Week’s biggest mover, rising from 14th on my ballot after Saturday’s riveting 45-42 victory at Georgia. Another challenge this week with Navy’s triple-option.
11. Oregon (1-1): The Ducks vented their frustrations from opening loss to LSU by pounding Nevada 69-20. Similar treatment awaits Missouri State this week.
12. Nebraska (2-0): A 42-29 victory over Fresno State was not altogether inspiring. A visit from Washington on tap.
13. Arkansas (2-0): Hard to get worked up over routs of Missouri State and New Mexico. More of the same this week against Troy?
14. Michigan State (2-0): Bumped the Spartans up a spot after their 44-0 whitewash of Florida Atlantic. A visit to wounded Notre Dame comes next, a year after Michigan State’s stunning 34-31 victory over the Irish on a fake field goal.
15. Virginia Tech (2-0): Nudged the Hokies down two spots on the ballot after their 17-10 escape at East Carolina. Natural growing pains for Logan Thomas at quarterback. Arkansas State, a 47-3 winner over Memphis, visits Blacksburg on Saturday. Plenty of time for Hokies to improve stock.
16. Baylor (1-0): The Bears were idle last week as their president, Ken Starr, pursued Big 12 preservation the way he once did Bill Clinton testimony. Stephen F. Austin this week.
17. Ohio State (2-0): Losing at home to Toledo would have doomed interim coach Luke Fickell’s chance for the full-time gig. Betting he keeps the Buckeyes away from South Beach tattoo parlors on their visit to Miami this week.
18. West Virginia (2-0): Wonder what halftime beer sales were in Morgantown when the Mountaineers trailed Norfolk State 12-10. A solid second half and 55-12 rout set up Saturday’s game at Maryland.
19. South Florida (2-0): B.J. Daniels threw for 359 yards in 37-7 win over Ball State. He’ll get that more if he’d like Saturday against Florida A&M.
20. Florida (2-0): Chris Rainey continued his multi-purpose ways in a 39-0 romp over UAB. Up next a visit from Tennessee and quarterback Tyler Bray.
21. Arizona State (2-0): Say hello to the Sun Devils and quarterback/power forward Brock Osweiler after their 37-30 overtime win over Missouri on Friday. They head to Illinois this week.
22. Auburn (2-0): I dumped the reigning champs after their sleepwalk against Utah State but jump back on the bandwagon after a goal-line stand preserved Saturday’s 41-34 SEC West victory over Mississippi State.
23. Mississippi State (1-1): Couldn’t drop the Bulldogs, 16th on the ballot last week, too far after that loss at Auburn. Can quarterback Chris Relf help them rebound Thursday against LSU? Man, the SEC West is brutal.
24. TCU (1-1): The Horned Frogs rebounded from their loss at Baylor with a 35-19 win at Air Force. They should dismiss Louisiana-Monroe this week.
25. Texas (2-0): Mack Brown benched quarterback Garrett Gilbert on Saturday against BYU, and reserve Case McCoy, Colt’s brother, sparked the Longhorns’ 17-16 come-from-behind victory. They head to UCLA this week.
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