One change. That’s it.
- Mississippi State
- Ohio State
Also considered: Michigan State
I bet I didn’t spend nearly as much time on my ballot as the selection committee members will be spending on theirs.
Well, aren’t we feeling sorry for ourselves. Not only is Georgia out of the MP this week, but Georgia Tech and Clemson each received a vote.
Rank Team Votes 1 Alabama 32 1 Oregon 32 3 Florida State 31 3 TCU 31 3 Baylor 31 6 Ohio State 26 7 Arizona 23 8 Mississippi State 15 9 Michigan State 11 10 Mississippi 9 11 Wisconsin 6 12 Kansas State 4 13 Missouri 3 14 Clemson 1 14 Georgia Tech 1
I’m still getting a kick out of how we keep solving the TCU/Baylor debate, but the selection committee won’t likely have that luxury. Expect the first serious screams about needing an eight-team field to arise from that issue.
Sorry, I got a little behind today, as life intruded. Here’s my latest ballot.
Also considered: Kansas State, Ohio State
I dinged Georgia because Georgia deserves to be dinged. Ohio State didn’t look dominant against a mediocre Michigan at home and they’re running out of quarterbacks.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say your interest is lagging. Anyway, on to this week’s results.
Rank Team Votes 1 Oregon 46 1 Mississippi State 46 1 Alabama 46 4 Florida State 44 4 Baylor 44 6 Georgia 38 7 TCU 38 8 Ohio State 33 9 UCLA 23 10 Michigan State 4 11 Arizona 3 12 Wisconsin 2 13 Marshall 1
I’m a little surprised at the separation between Baylor and TCU. But I kind of admire the consistent vote for Marshall.
Please, please, somebody in the media ask Nick Saban this week if he thinks Alabama exhibited sufficient game control against Western Carolina. Please.
Also considered: Kansas State, Michigan State, UCLA
Yes, I’ve finally given in to the dark side and moved Ohio State into my top eight. The last spot was really hard to settle on. (And, no, it wasn’t Georgia. Those wins over Arkansas and Missouri look better with every passing week.)
Here you go.
Rank Team Votes 1 Oregon 55 1 Alabama 55 1 Florida State 55 4 Mississippi State 54 5 Baylor 53 6 TCU 52 7 Ohio State 42 8 Georgia 36 9 Mississippi 24 10 Michigan State 6 11 Wisconsin 4 12 Arizona State 2 13 Marshall 1 13 UCLA 1
Mississippi State gets ever so slightly dinged for its road loss. Wonder if the selection committee will see things the same way. Still, that’s a very tight race we’ve got for the fourth semi-finals slot.
Ohio State survives its loss to Virginia Tech, but Duke doesn’t.
Go ahead. Slag me if you must.
Also considered: Ohio State