How we voted in the ESPN.com Top 25

October, 24, 2011
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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.

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