why, though? because they lost to the undeniably, probably head-and-shoulders better than everyboy else in the country, #1 team in the country at their house, without their best player? because they didn't win convincingly enough in a look-ahead game also played without theirbest player?
look, i agree they're overrated. God knows and YOU know i agree (and damn you for making me defend those slapdicks
). but they're still 2-1. they're still probably the best team in a weak "power" conference. and as such, i think they do deserve to be somewhere in the top 25. now, if polls didn't come out until around week 6, as SHOULD be the case, by then i might feel differently. but as the system stands, i have no problem with it.
They beat one division 2 school, barely beat a middle of the road MAC team, and got beat down by a really good team. That's not impressive. Hell Nevada could have done that if they had scheduled a shitty team like Ohio in their second game instead of Texas Tech, and they at least put up some points and played one decent half against Missouri. ECU is currently ranked 17th, 4 spots behind OSU, despite not losing and beating better teams. BYU is ranked behind them, despite being better. In fact every other team in the top 18 is undefeated and has beaten competition that is at least as good, so they shouldn't be higher than 18th at best. Then looking at the teams currently 19-25 you have unbeaten Utah that should be ahead of them, Florida St, who hasn't beaten anyone but hasn't lost, Kansas who played a much more competitive game in their loss, and other teams with similar situations like Clemson. OSU is about equal with most of those, but should be at best no better than 20th on that list. Add in teams that are unranked like Vandy, Boise St, UNLV, Oklahoma St, UNC, and Nebraska that have accomplished as much or more and you can easily make a case that they shouldn't be ranked right now. I fully expect them to win enough games to be a top 15 team by the end of the year, but they haven't played that good so far and don't deserve the ranking they have.