Full disclosure: My latest AP ballot
Let's clarify something here and now: If I were a College Football Playoff selection committee member, this ballot would look a bit different.
The CFP protocol states when two teams being considered for the playoff are comparable, their head-to-head result (if there was one) and the conference championship game are among the primary tie-breakers.
In light of that, Penn State would rank ahead of Ohio State on my CFP ballot. The Nittany Lions may not necessarily be better, but we all know the best teams don't always vie for championships (see March Madness).
But this isn't a CFP ballot. For AP poll purposes, I'm ranking the teams I feel are the best 25 in the country, in order.
Hence the reason I have Ohio State second.
It's also why I have Iowa 14th, Temple 16th and USF 20th. In my assessment, all are among the nation's 20 best teams at this point in time.
And time's running out. This is the final poll until the new year.
2. Ohio State
5. Penn State
12. Western Michigan
13. West Virginia
15. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech