My AP Top 25 ballot: BYU replaces Virginia Tech

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:49 PM

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

Out: Virginia Tech (was 15th)
In: BYU (25)
Next up: Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State

After the craziness of last week, it’s no surprise that there would be relative calm this week. My top 6 remained the same, while No. 7 Missouri dropped below South Carolina, since the Gamecocks just won in Columbia.

It was weird moving Miami up a spot after the Hurricanes barely escaped at home against Wake Forest, but so much of college football is about just winning, which Miami did. 

Virginia Tech was the only ranked team I had that lost to an unranked team (Duke). Unfortunately for the Hokies, I have a rule that you can’t keep your ranking if you lose to Duke at home. Of course I haven’t been able to apply that rule since 1971, which was the last time Duke beat a ranked team on the road.

In VT’s place I selected BYU. Though BYU’s loss at Virginia may be one of the most inexplicable results of the season, the Cougars are the only team to beat Houston and they crushed Georgia Tech (who in turn crushed Duke) as part of their current five-game win streak.

I chose BYU over a group that included Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Michigan State. I still have a hard time ranking Northern Illinois (or Oregon State) when it almost lost to an FCS team, even though Eastern Illinois is one of the best in that division. Oklahoma State doesn’t have a quality win to override it’s bad loss to West Virginia. And the winner of Michigan-Michigan State Saturday will likely jump into next week’s rankings for me.

NOTE: Earlier I wrote that NIU lost to an FCS team, but I meant to say almost lost. My apologies. In any case, I had NIU 26th in my ballot because it lacks the quality win of the teams above. But there's no doubt that they will move up as they continue to win, and I'm especially eager to see how they do against Ball State