Full disclosure: My AP football ballot
A little Sunday confession here: As a result of the volatility we've seen at the season's outset, I've already broken nearly every ballot rule I established for myself upon being chosen for this privilege.
In the span of four weekends, I've dropped teams for being idle, dropped others following a victory, and even promoted some following a lackluster win. When the collegiate world order is turned on its head each weekend (see Utah 62, Oregon 20), the same tends to happen to one's ballot.
At least I don't have a team ranked ahead of someone to whom it already has lost (at least I don't think I do).
At any rate, Oregon, Arizona, Georgia Tech, BYU and Missouri drop off this week's ballot. Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Cal, Florida and Michigan supplant them. Yes, I have the Gators at No. 23. That win at Kentucky looks a tad more impressive today. Same for that victory two weeks ago against East Carolina.
You'll also notice I move Ole Miss up three spots (from No. 10 to 7) despite an ugly home win against Vanderbilt. Consider that my version of a make-up call; I ranked the Rebels too low last week following their win against Alabama.
1. Michigan State
3. Ohio State
7. Ole Miss
8. Notre Dame
15. Texas A&M
19. Mississippi St.
20. Oklahoma St.