My final AP top 25 ballot

semerson@macon.comJanuary 6, 2014 

Just filed my Associated Press top 25 ballot. Here's how it looked:

1. Florida State
2. Auburn
3. Michigan State
4. Missouri
5. Oklahoma
6. Alabama
7. Stanford
8. Oregon
9. South Carolina
10. Clemson
11. UCF
12. Baylor
13. Louisville
14. Ohio State
15. Oklahoma State
16. UCLA
17. LSU
18. Texas A&M
19. Duke
20. Vanderbilt
21. Iowa
22. Wisconsin
23. Arizona State
24. Southern Cal
25. Nebraska

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Brief comments (because it's late):

I thought long and hard about putting Michigan State at No. 2. The Spartans have a better record with the same amount of games, and validated themselves with the win over Stanford.

But ultimately I felt it would be penalizing Auburn, which obviously played well enough to win.

Georgia and Northern Illinois were the two ranked teams that exited. USC and Nebraska went in.

Any other questions, please post them below and I'll try to respond.

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