Full disclosure: My AP ballot (Oct. 13)
In the wake of Saturday's upsets, my latest ballot included much movement -- and much agonizing.
How far should the ranked upset victims fall? Whom should fall out of my top 25 entirely? Which teams should I promote from the legions of the previously unranked? And will this middle-aged buffoon seated next to me on this connection flight ever stop humming?
Anyway, here's a little about my thought process:
* Of the ranked teams who lost, Washington had the least movement (remaining at No. 19) and Georgia had the most (No. 6 to 20). I know the Dawgs are banged up, but isn't that what recruiting's for? Speaking of Georgia...
* Missouri's upset of the Dawgs in Athens propelled the Tigers to No. 16 on my ballot. I know their top-20 stay may be limited due to the season-ending injury of QB James Franklin, but they are unbeaten, and they held off Georgia late in the game with a backup quarterback.
* Wisconsin moved back in at No. 24 after its annihilaton of Northwestern
* South Carolina and Texas A&M are my newest top-10 entries, courtesy of impressive -- and in the Gamecocks' case, overwhelming -- SEC road victories.
* I thought long and hard about putting Texas back on my ballot after its two-TD win against Oklahoma, but couldn't pull the trigger. For all intents, the Longhorns should be 3-3; the officiating crew handed them a win at Iowa State.
4. Ohio State
7. South Carolina
8. Texas A&M
14. Texas Tech
15. Virginia Tech
21. Oklahoma State
25. Fresno State