Just filed my AP ballot. Here's how it looked:
2. Ohio State
10. Florida State
15. Texas A&M
17. South Carolina
19. Northern Illinois
20. Texas Tech
22. Ole Miss
23. Arizona State
24. Fresno State
25. Virginia Tech
Out: Oklahoma State, Central Florida, Notre Dame.
In: Arizona State, Fresno State, Virginia Tech.
- First off, what to do with Georgia, which has two top-10 wins but one top-10 loss? Last week I had the Bulldogs ranked No. 10. This week I jumped them over LSU (obviously) but also Louisville and UCLA, which were idle, and Oklahoma State, which lost. Clemson clearly needs to stay ahead of Georgia as long as the Tigers are unbeaten. The other four teams haven't really done anything to deserve to drop. So I think No. 6 is a fair spot for Georgia for now, and if teams ahead of them lose the Bulldogs will rise.
- Ole Miss only dropped one spot. The Rebels lost on the road to the nation's No. 1-ranked team. They shouldn't be penalized that much.
- South Carolina drops one spot despite a road win against a team I had in the top 25, and Florida drops a spot despite a road win. Why? Because I moved Oklahoma ahead of them and a few others after the Sooners won at Notre Dame. Oklahoma is unbeaten and deserves to at least be in consideration for the top 10.
- Oklahoma State plummets from No. 7 all the way out, after losing at West Virginia. Hey, I missed on that preseason bet. West Virginia lost 37-0 last week to Maryland, and struggled to beat William & Mary. Mike Gundy's team could return to the poll later, but at this still early juncture of the season they haven't done enough to remain in the poll.
- Virginia Tech is back in because its only loss was to Alabama, though its wins aren't too impressive. Still, the other teams worthy of consideration aren't too impressive either. At first I kept Notre Dame in the poll, since its two losses are to top-25 teams, and it owns a decent win, over Michigan State. But ultimately two losses are two losses, and the Irish can earn their way back in. I thought about Maryland, but its wins aren't too impressive, and it has Florida State on Saturday, so the Terps can prove themselves then. Nebraska has a home loss (although to UCLA). Wisconsin, with two losses, is similar to Notre Dame.