Another week, another Associated Press ballot. Here's how mine looked:
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
11. Texas A&M
12. Oklahoma State
16. South Carolina
17. Northern Illinois
18. Michigan State
19. Fresno State
23. Notre Dame
25. Arizona State
In: Notre Dame, Arizona State.
Out: Michigan, Texas Tech.
- It was a fairly quiet week, with eight ranked teams (according to my ballot last week) on a bye. But there were three ranked teams playing each other, which caused some movement. Otherwise, no ranked teams lost to unranked teams.
- As I stated last week, Florida State vs. Oregon remains a crapshoot. The Ducks play Stanford on Thursday, so we'll know a lot more after that.
- There are a lot of one-loss teams with fairly weak resumes: Missouri, Oklahoma State, Miami, Oklahoma, Michigan State, not to mention UCF and Louisville. Among those teams, there are only two wins over currently-ranked teams (Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, UCF over Louisville.) Ultimately I differentiated via the eye test and road wins: Missouri, for instance, deserves its ranking based on winning at Georgia and its lone loss being to ranked South Carolina, in overtime. Oklahoma State's lone loss is to West Virginia, which is a bad loss, but otherwise the Cowboys have been really, really good.
- Texas Tech falls all the way out after its second straight loss. Yes the Red Raiders have lost to two ranked teams, but they also haven't beaten any real quality teams. Michigan is also out after losing to Michigan State, even though the Wolverines do have a quality win, over Notre Dame, because otherwise Brady Hoke's team has been barely average.
- At halftime, Georgia was a team I felt like I could consider putting back in the top 25. But barely holding on to beat a Florida team that obviously is mediocre took away that possibility. Georgia with a healthy Todd Gurley is a top 25 team, and probably a top 10 team. But your record is your record. The same, by the way, goes for Southern California, which is resurgent after leaving Lane Kiffin at the airport. But it's still too early to considering putting the Trojans back in the rankings.