The Washington Times - September 2, 2008, 12:26PM

The AP hasn’t come up with its weekly poll just yet (at least not as I start this entry).

But there are factors that some voters don’t always seem to take into account when evaluating teams.

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Head-to-head is one that’s more important than football than basketball. Home/road also doesn’t get factored in as much.

Then there’s overtime, which is really an ultimate roll of the dice. And that’s why I treat going to OT as a tie.

Now, obviously Tennessee is 0-1 rather than 0-0-1. And there’s not much great about not beating a UCLA team down to its third quarterback whether the game is played in Pasadena, on the moon, or in the lost city of Atlantis.

But because college overtime is so capricious – you start off in most teams’ field goal range – it’s more fair to view it as a tie than a loss. And that explains Tennessee’s record in this little endeavor.

So after one week – one in which not a whole lot was really learned about most teams because of inferior competition – here’s a top 30 that counts for nothing more than a single blog entry.

1. Southern California (1-0)
2. Oklahoma (1-0)
3. Georgia (1-0)
4. Ohio State (1-0)
5. Louisiana State (1-0)
6. Missouri (1-0)
7. Florida (1-0)
8. West Virginia (1-0)
9. Texas (1-0)
10. Auburn (1-0)
11. Arizona State (1-0)
12. Brigham Young (1-0)
13. Wisconsin (1-0)
14. Alabama (1-0)
15. Texas Tech (1-0)
16. Wake Forest (1-0)
17. Oregon (1-0)
18. Fresno State (1-0)
19. Kansas (1-0)
20. South Florida (1-0)
21. Utah (1-0)
22. Illinois (0-1)
23. Cincinnati (1-0)
24. Clemson (0-1)
25. Penn State (1-0)
26. East Carolina (1-0)
27. Texas Christian (1-0)
28. Virginia Tech (0-1)
29. Tennessee (0-0-1)
30. South Carolina (1-0)

Patrick Stevens