Here is how my Associated Press top 25 ballot looked this week:
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
11. Texas Tech
14. Texas A&M
15. Northern Illinois
16. Fresno State
17. Virginia Tech
20. Oklahoma State
21. South Carolina
In: Oklahoma State, UCF, Wisconsin.
Out: Georgia, Washington, Florida.
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- Nine teams that were in my top 25 last week lost. Seven were to unranked teams. So yes, lots of moving up, down, in and out.
- Florida State jumps up from No. 6, leaping Clemson and LSU, but also Ohio State. At this point Florida State has been the third-most impressive team in the country.
- After that, frankly there were so many tough decisions that I can't waste space explaining them all. I'll just remind everyone that body of work remains the criteria, and that a lot of things fall into that: Head-to-head, record, quality wins, quality losses, bad losses, eye test. If you have a specific question about a team, comment below and I'll try to respond. (I'm on the road back to Athens this morning, but I'll try when I get back.)
- As a general statement, there is a big dropoff in the middle of the poll in terms of quality resumes. A lot of teams with quality wins - Georgia among them - have suffered too many losses. I don't know if Northern Illinois and Fresno State are really the 15th-best and 16th-best teams in the country, but other teams aren't doing enough to deserve to be ranked ahead of them.