Take a look at that "SD" column. S.D., for those unaware, means "Standard Deviation", which is a measure of consistency. A low number means that the team was picked to a certain ranking very consistently (Alabama was a very near unanimous #1 selection). Ohio State's standard deviation of nearly 5.5 means that they fell in a very wide variety of places and nobody has any idea of where to put them (notice the 1 first-place vote...check out the write-up for an explanation on that one). The point here is that the standard deviations absolutely explode after #5 Notre Dame, indicating that only 5 teams have given us any reason to be confident in their abilities and that we really have no idea how good anyone else is. It's just been that kind of year in college football.
A few issues here I want to point out:
1) South Carolina, what the Hell are you doing with your lives?? A week after I thought you might be the team that unseats Alabama, you laid an egg HARD against LSU.
2) Notre Dame is the real deal this year. That defense is dangerous, and the reason they're going to play in (and perhaps win) a BCS game come January.
3) I'm having trouble deciding whether Oklahoma's shallacking of Texas was a testament to how good Oklahoma is or how bad Texas's defense is.
4) Florida will beat georgia in a couple weeks in a very low-scoring game. I say that because Florida's defense is an absolute nightmare for opposing offenses and will play well against georgia's, but at the same time georgia's defense is impressive and can probably stifle Florida's crap-fest offense for the most part.
5) The ACC has only two ranked teams, and only 2 more got any votes at all. Guys, we really suck this year.
Thoughts? How does this year's parity rank among college football seasons that you've seen? Why is this season such a mess in that way?