Full disclosure: My latest AP ballot
Full confession along with my full disclosure: In the season's first two months, I never felt completely at ease with the team atop my ballot.
The misgivings began with Ohio State, continued with Michigan State and stretched to TCU. Conviction became a casualty as each of those teams struggled to remain undefeated against modest competition. Meantime, the inner voice offered perfunctory reassurance: Relax, it all will sort itself out.
Sort-'em-out Saturday couldn't arrive soon enough. Today, I feel better about my No. 1 -- heck, my whole top five -- than I have all year. In this season of preposterous laterals and punts gone awry, who's to say how next week's ballot will look? But today, I feel pretty secure.
2. Ohio State
5. Oklahoma State
7. Notre Dame
14. Michigan State
21. North Carolina
23. Mississippi State