My AP top 25 ballot: Alabama reclaims top spot
After Week 11
2 Florida State
5 Ohio State
10 Texas A&M
11 South Carolina
13 Arizona State
16 Central Florida
18 Oklahoma State
20 Fresno State
21 Michigan State
23 Northern Illinois
24 Ole Miss
Out: Miami (17), Notre Dame (21), BYU (25)
In: Northern Illinois (23), Ole Miss (24), Minnesota (25)
Next up: Duke, Texas, Ball State, Michigan
Alabama reclaims the top spot on my poll after a dominant win over LSU. FSU drops to 2, and without a dominant team in the Coastal Division to go against in the ACC championship game, plus the rapid decline of Florida, it will be hard for the Seminoles to get back to No. 1 without an Alabama loss.
The toughest decision for me was at No. 3 – basically it comes down to how important is an undefeated record? It can’t be everything, because then your top 5 should includes Northern Illinois and Fresno State.
Yes, Stanford lost at Utah. But it also has five wins against ranked teams, including Oregon and Arizona State. Baylor has beaten one team that’s still ranked in my poll (Oklahoma), and so has Ohio State (Wisconsin).
If these teams all met on a neutral field, I’d take Stanford, then Baylor, then Ohio State. So the Cardinal are my No. 3 team, despite the one loss.
Undefeated Northern Illinois makes its first appearance in my poll. I also added Ole Miss, whose three losses are all to top 10 teams and whose wins include LSU, Texas and BYU. And I picked 8-2 Minnesota over a group that included Duke, Texas, Ball State and Michigan. With Wisconsin and Michigan State on deck for the Golden Gophers, their stay could be short-lived.