Full disclosure: My final AP football ballot
Due to a lack of concrete criteria, the season's final ballot might be the trickiest.
Should rankings reflect an overall body of work, or who's playing best at the end? With no clear answer, I opted for both.
Which is to say, I set myself up for a hailstorm of flak. But why should this ballot be any different than the previous 15?
FSU, at No. 7, represents Exhibit A in my attempt to strike such a balance. The 'Noles arguably resembled a top-five team in their Orange Bowl win against Michigan, but I can't rightfully ignore their embarrassment at Louisville or loss to North Carolina.
Similarly, the Wolverines (10-3) dropped three of their last four, but defeated Penn State, Colorado and Wisconsin earlier in the season. As a result, UM remains in my top 10.
And as you read this, USF almost certainly will have finished a season ranked for the first time in its history. The Bulls are 17th on my ballot.
6. Penn State
9. Ohio State
11. Oklahoma State
13. Virginia Tech
15. Western Michigan
22. West Virginia
23. Kansas State