With only a few games this week we'd be forgiven for not moving anyone, but of course the few results we did get prompt moves anyway.
We picked all six winners last week, albeit not by the margins that actually occurred, but overall we had it pegged, including predicting that Tennessee would beat Kennesaw State even though KSU was the higher-ranked team.
One of the biggest decisions we have to make in our rankings is whether to keep a tie as a tie in the rankings.
Yes Notre Dame College tied Davenport, but does that mean they have to be deadlocked from now on? This week, we've decided to separate the two. This is mostly because Davenport still has some games to play, and the data on NDC is pretty heavy, if a bit confused.
As usual we have some big movement with conference playoffs, and we have to say we're not surprised that happened happened.
Some decisions have to be made this week as we vote in the DIA rankings.
Some key changes in who is in what division influence our rankings.
The Lonestar Conference is DIAA now, so their two best teams do move into the Top 40. That decision is bolstered by some independent observations that tell us these teams are solid, and would give some teams outside of the conference a bit of a run.
The big question this week is what to do about the teams in the Chesapeake.
Maryland's defeat of Mount St. Mary's isn't that much of a surprise, but with Maryland having beaten MSM but lost to NCSU, but NSCU having lost to MSM, and with Salisbury having tied Maryland and lost to NC State, but having beaten Virginia Tech, it's a case of shuffling all of these teams and wondering.
Well, it happened, and it happened in a big way. Idle as they are, the top four teams in our rankings are vulnerable to being pushed down by teams that play in the fall.
But the teams in the fall can't just do it on one or two victories; they have to build up a portfolio of results against strong opposition.
On last weekend's results we were 14-3 in our picks, but two of the three we were wrong on have rankings ramifications.
A couple of readers have asked us whether we take into account performance in 7s when making these rankings; we don't.
Western Michigan looked very impressive in winning over Louisville, and Lindenwood-Belleville looked solid in a win over Iowa.
Salisbury beating Virginia Tech isn't quite enough to bump Salisbury to be ranked ahead of VT. Tech has been playing well and a two-point loss isn't always a reason to switch places. Salisbury is 2-1-1 in-conference and needs to show consistency.
The big question as we vote on the DIA rankings is what we do about St. Bonaventure losing to Notre Dame.
This past week our picks were pretty good. We got 15 winners right, with one tie (so that's a wrong pick) and one loss; we'll take that.
That, along with last week's results, now influences our DIAA rankings. Jumping into the Top 40 is Middle Tennessee State and Boise State. Dropping from #1 is Bowling Green, which lost to Western Michigan.