This isn’t getting any easier. But here goes (*tiebreaker):
- Ohio State
Also considered: Arizona State, LSU, Texas A&M, UCLA
I really struggled with the last two slots this week. I’m not completely sold on Miami, but the ‘Canes are undefeated against a schedule that doesn’t completely suck. And I admit there may be some SEC bias in slipping Auburn in there. But Arizona State’s got that loss to Notre Dame and UCLA’s resume isn’t as strong, either.
It took me thirty minutes – again – to come up with this. By now, I’m usually knocking a ballot out in half that time, so, yeah, this season’s been a challenge.