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Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot



Another week and another ballot, and the teams at the top are winning convincingly enough that there's little change at the top. It's still possible to fill out a ballot without any direct contradiction, which is to say no teams are ahead of teams that beat them this season.


Four teams I was unsure about entering the season and didn't initially rank -- Ohio State, USF, Auburn and Florida -- are now in my top 20, having come out of the gates very impressively. Other teams I initially ranked instead -- teams like Utah and Hawaii -- have faltered out of the gates, though I dropped both out last week before their losses this week.

I didn't have to drop out any teams that won this week, with Missouri, Penn State and Notre Dame falling off my ballot. With a close loss on the road to Auburn, I kept Mississippi State ranked, two spots below the Tigers and joining Oregon as the only teams with losses in my rankings.

Teams closest to being ranked on my ballot? Missouri and Penn State, as well as Michigan, USC and Maryland. As the non-BCS teams off to solid starts continue to validate their success, I'll consider them as well.

1. Oklahoma

2. Alabama

3. Wisconsin

4. LSU

5. Boise State

6. Stanford

7. Florida State

8. Oklahoma State

9. Texas A&M

10. Virginia Tech

11. Oregon

12. South Carolina

13. Nebraska

14. Arkansas

15. Michigan State

16. West Virginia

17. Ohio State

18. USF

19. Auburn

20. Florida

21. Mississippi State

22. Arizona State

23. Baylor

24. TCU

25. Texas

As always, I look forward to your thoughts and comments on the blog. Your opinions certainly play a role in shaping my own.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 11, 2011 8:51am]


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