Full disclosure: My AP football ballot (Nov. 17)
While compiling this ballot in Sunday's wee hours, it occurred to me that roughly a half-dozen teams would pose a viable threat to Alabama if they faced the Tide today.
If forced to wager my mortgage, I'd take FSU over 'Bama right now. Same with Baylor and perhaps -- perhaps -- Auburn. So why are the Tide still No. 1 on my ballot? The same reason I kept Oregon No. 2 all those weeks: They've done nothing to deserve a demotion.
Granted, they were mostly shoddy in Saturday's 20-7 win against Mississippi State, but a rough night's inevitable when you're dealing with 18- and 19-year-olds in the nation's toughest league.
'Bama's still at the top until someone topples it, though now more than ever, I believe that will happen.
Elsewhere, my ballot bid adieu to Miami and Texas and welcomed Duke and USC.
The Blue Devils have defeated two teams ranked at the time of their matchup, and the Trojans have evolved into a different team under interim boss Ed Orgeron. Why is Stanford still ahead of USC? Maybe it shouldn't be, but I can't ignore those two putrid Trojans defeats earlier in the year.
3. Ohio State
8. Texas A&M
9. Oklahoma State
10. Michigan State
11. South Carolina
16. Fresno State
17. Arizona State
20. Northern Illinois