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How we voted in the ESPN.com Top 25

10/24/2011

Week 8 brought some shakeups in the national rankings, and the ESPN.com power rankings also will have a different look.

Here are the latest ballots Brian and I cast for the national Top 25:

Brian Bennett's ballot

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma State

4. Stanford

5. Clemson

6. Boise State

7. Oregon

8. Kansas State

9. Arkansas

10. Michigan State

11. Oklahoma

12. Wisconsin

13. South Carolina

14. Virginia Tech

15. Nebraska

16. Texas A&M

17. Houston

18. Michigan

19. Texas Tech

20. USC

21. Penn State

22. Georgia

23. Arizona State

24. Cincinnati

25. West Virginia

Adam Rittenberg's ballot

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Stanford

4. Oklahoma State

5. Boise State

6. Clemson

7. Oregon

8. Michigan State

9. Kansas State

10. Arkansas

11. Oklahoma

12. Wisconsin

13. Nebraska

14. South Carolina

15. Virginia Tech

16. Houston

17. Michigan

18. Texas A&M

19. USC

20. Texas Tech

21. Penn State

22. Arizona State

23. Georgia

24. Cincinnati

25. Southern Miss

We both have the same teams in our top 10s, although there are some small differences. Brian is higher on Oklahoma State, Clemson and Kansas State, while I'm more partial to Stanford, Boise State and Michigan State. We both dropped Wisconsin to No. 12 after its loss to Michigan State, and we both took Illinois off of our ballots. I have Nebraska and Michigan a little higher than Brian does, while we both put Penn State at No. 21 after the Nittany Lions improved to 7-1. Brian has Texas A&M two spots higher than I do, while I'm more impressed with what I've seen from Houston and USC. We both put one team on our ballot that the other doesn't have: for Brian, it's West Virginia; for me, it's Southern Miss.