My AP Top 25 ballot: Florida St. and Ohio St. over Auburn, for now
After Week 14
1 Florida State
2 Ohio State
6 Oklahoma State
9 Arizona State
10 South Carolina
15 Central Florida
16 Michigan State
18 Northern Illinois
22 Texas A&M
25 Fresno State
Out: Ole Miss
Next up: Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Iowa, Southern Cal
The biggest challenge I have as a voter is deciding what’s more important – the number of losses or the quality of competition. Obviously it’s some combination, but there’s no getting around that question this week.
Florida State and Ohio State are undefeated but have played inferior competition, with just one top win against teams currently ranked in the top 25. Auburn has three wins against current top 25 teams (No. 4 Alabama, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 23 Georgia) but lost at No. 12 LSU.
All three teams will have a chance to beat another top 20 opponent in their conference championship games. But for now, I’m giving the nod to the undefeated teams.
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