This is how I voted in this week's Associated Press poll:
3. West Virginia
5. South Carolina
6. Notre Dame
7. Kansas State
8. Ohio State
9. Oregon State
13. Southern California
14. Florida State
18. Louisiana Tech
21. Boise State
22. Mississippi State
24. Texas A&M
25. Michigan State
Also considered: Ohio, Iowa State, Tulsa, Arizona State.
Dropped out: TCU (15), Texas Tech (21), Northwestern (22), Washington (23).
- West Virginia got the nod for No. 3 because in my mind the Mountaineers have the most quality win, on Saturday at previously unbeaten Texas. Florida gets the nod over South Carolina for No. 4 for the same reason - LSU is rated higher than Georgia on my list, and the Gators also have a win at Texas A&M, which enters my poll this week.
- But really, you could take any of those teams between No. 3 and No. 9, move them around, and have a decent argument. Alabama and Oregon, by virtue of how they're demolishing teams, are the clear top two.
- The fact LSU remains in the top 10 is more a reflection on the quality of teams after those top nine. It's just a pretty weak group of resume's right now. Louisville, which is unbeaten, could move into my top 10 soon, but the Cardinal don't own an impressive win yet.
- I finally relented on putting Mississippi State and Cincinnati in, despite those unbeatens not owning any great wins. We have reached the point of the season where you get credit for winning every game on your schedule, even if that schedule is weak. I did the same thing with Georgia Tech last year, waiting longer than most to put the Yellow Jackets in ... and once I did, they started losing.