This is how my ballot looked on Sunday morning:
3. Kansas State
4. Notre Dame
5. Ohio State
7. Florida State
11. Oregon State
14. South Carolina
16. Texas A&M
17. Louisiana Tech
22. Mississippi State
23. Texas Tech
25. Southern California
Dropped out: No. 18 West Virginia, No. 20 Boise State, No. 24 Arizona.
Also considered: UCF, Rutgers, Ohio, Kent State, Northwestern.
- Remember that for the purposes of the BCS, Ohio State is not eligible. But it is eligible for the AP poll, which thankfully is not part of the formula. It's a good bet that Georgia will be No. 5 when the BCS standings are released on Sunday night.
- LSU's two losses are to Florida and Alabama, so the Tigers don't drop out of my top 10.
- The hardest decision was how to handle the last three or four teams. There were just no quality teams - Kent State, for instance, may be 8-1 but its lone loss was to Kentucky. Yikes. So in the end I just kept Southern California at 25, where the Trojans were last week, because losing to the No. 2 team in the country isn't that shameful.
- But really, the bottom four teams don't belong in the top 25 under normal circumstances. Mississippi State has no wins that stand out. Even Texas, at No. 20, should really just be the final team in the poll. But there aren't enough non-BCS teams that have a quality win you can point to and say that deserves consideration.
- I was tempted to move Notre Dame down from No. 4 after needing triple overtime to beat Pitt. But in the end the Irish's resume' is still better than Ohio State.