This is how my ballot looks this week:
3. Kansas State
4. Notre Dame
7. Ohio State
8. Florida State
11. Oregon State
14. Mississippi State
15. South Carolina
17. Texas A&M
18. West Virginia
19. Texas Tech
20. Boise State
21. Louisiana Tech
25. Soouthern California
Moving out: Rutgers, Michigan, Ohio.
Moving in: Nebraska, UCLA, Arizona.
Also considered: Oklahoma State.
- Georgia jumps from No. 17 to No. 6 on my ballot. The win over Florida takes care of the giant holes the Bulldogs had in their resume, namely the lack of a quality win and the record of the teams they've beaten. And yes, if the Bulldogs keep winning, including in Atlanta ... you never know.
- At first I had Ohio State ahead of Georgia, based mainly on record. But on closer inspection the Buckeyes only have one win against a ranked team (Nebraska), which is the same amount as the Bulldogs. And Ohio state just hasn't been very impressive lately, so the nod goes to the team with the more quality win.
- At the top of the poll, I'm very tempted to put Kansas State at No. 2, because the Wildcats may have the best resume' of any team in the nation. But Alabama and Oregon haven't done anything to question their status, just rolling over opponents.
- Side note: This is turning out to be the year they need that four-team playoff. Actually, you could say that almost every year. But Kansas State is now likely to finish unbeaten, especially without having to play in a conference championship game. Notre Dame keeps winning too. If the SEC and Pac-12 produce one-loss champions (Alabama has to play LSU, Oregon has to play USC, possibly twice) then the BCS is going to be a real muddle.
- What stood out to be was the gap between the top 10 and everyone else. Louisville doesn't have a great resume, but is unbeaten, so it deserves to be in the top 10. Oregon State suffered its first loss but also has a good resume'. After that ... wow, you really could make an argument for and against a lot of teams. Mississippi State doesn't drop very far, despite what I perceive to be a weak resume, because frankly everyone is getting spanked by Alabama.