I can’t remember a regular-season Associated Press vote being quite as difficult as this one. With three of the top four College Football Playoff teams getting bumped off and three more in my top 12, it’s really hard to figure out whom to put where.
Except at No. 1.
Alabama owns that spot. Probably until Nick Saban goes fishing. I assume he won’t go into politics since he said he didn’t know Tuesday was Election Day. Boy, do I hope he was joking. Please, Nick.
But with Michigan, Clemson and Washington all getting upset, the feeling starts to persist that there’s Alabama and everyone else. I almost think you could put the next 15 teams in a bag and feel confident about them in almost any order.
But the Big Ten does rule. Let’s make that clear.
My biggest jump went to USC to No. 7 after dominating Washington. I don’t think anyone would want to play the Trojans now.
I dropped Texas A&M off my ballot after two straight losses and three in four games. I also omitted Baylor.
I included Pittsburgh after knocking off Clemson on the road. The Panthers have also beaten Penn State this year.
I included Iowa for beating Michigan, which was and still might be on a collision course with Alabama.
Here’s my ballot:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- West Virginia
- Western Michigan
- Boise State
- Washington State
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina