My AP Top 25 ballot: Florida St. and Ohio St. over Auburn, for now

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 02:17 PM

After Week 14
1 Florida State
2 Ohio State
3 Auburn
4 Alabama
5 Missouri
6 Oklahoma State
7 Baylor
8 Stanford
9 Arizona State
10 South Carolina
11 Oregon
12 LSU
13 Clemson
14 UCLA
15 Central Florida
16 Michigan State
17 Oklahoma
18 Northern Illinois
19 Wisconsin
20 Duke
21 Louisville
22 Texas A&M
23 Georgia
24 Texas
25 Fresno State

In: Texas
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.
Comments/criticisms/compliments (yeah, right)? Reach me at hgutmann@heraldsun.com or @haroldgut.