BERKELEY, Calif. — Many critics of college football blame the preseason polls for their rigidity and refusal to shake things up because by golly a voter has a team pegged in a certain role and won’t budge.
But a fluid Top 25 ballot greatly rewards — and penalizes — teams that either win or lose their way into or out of the polls. In my case, I leapfrogged Louisville over 11 teams in my last week vote into the No. 2 spot behind the old favorite, Alabama, after the Cardinals routed Florida State. The Seminoles fell to No. 12 in my ballot.
Similarly, I left Texas out of my Top 25 after its free fall against Cal, a 50-43 loss in the closing minutes with a pitiful excuse for a defense.
I considered bumping the Longhorns into 24 or 25, but if you do that, you need to move the Golden Bears above them. Texas’ win over now 1-2 Notre Dame doesn’t look nearly as impressive as it did two weeks ago, and Longhorn victim UTEP was crushed even worse by Army. Yeah, Army.
In addition, I still have Central Michigan on my ballot and even moved FCS team North Dakota State into my Top 25 after the Bisons upset my clearly over-rated No. 8 Iowa.
The Aggies cracked my Top 10. That may be a little high, but there haven’t been that many wow teams below them to take away that spot.
My top five reads: Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston and Michigan.
3. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
10. Texas A&M
12. Florida State
17. Boise State
18. San Diego State
23. Central Michigan
24. North Dakota State