How we voted in latest rankings

November, 7, 2011
It's time to reveal our most recent ballots for the power rankings.

Here they are:

Brian Bennett's ballot

1. LSU
2. Stanford
3. Alabama
4. Oklahoma State
5. Boise State
6. Oregon
7. Arkansas
8. Oklahoma
9. Clemson
10. Houston
11. Penn State
12. Virginia Tech
13. Michigan State
14. Wisconsin
15. Kansas State
16. South Carolina
17. USC
18. Georgia
19. Nebraska
20. Georgia Tech
21. Texas
22. Michigan
23. Cincinnati
24. TCU
25. Southern Miss

Adam Rittenberg's ballot

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma State
3. Stanford
4. Boise State
5. Alabama
6. Oklahoma
7. Arkansas
8. Oregon
9. Clemson
10. Penn State
11. Virginia Tech
12. Houston
13. Michigan State
14. Georgia
15. Wisconsin
16. South Carolina
17. USC
18. Kansas State
19. Georgia Tech
20. Nebraska
21. Texas
22. Michigan
23. Cincinnati
24. Southern Miss
25. Ohio State

We both have LSU at the top (duh), but Brian lists Stanford at No. 2 and Alabama at No. 3, while I put Oklahoma State at No. 2 and dropped Alabama to No. 5. Might be harsh, but the Tide lost on their home field and struggled in two of the three phases (special teams and offense). In my book, that costs you in the rankings. Brian is more partial to Oregon -- he clearly has some fans in Pac-12 country -- while I like Oklahoma and Arkansas ahead of the Ducks. Arkansas is a really good football team that I believe isn't getting enough credit nationally.

Penn State is the first Big Ten team on both of our ballots, checking in at No. 10 on mine and No. 11 on Brian's. We both have Michigan State at No. 13, while Wisconsin appears one spot higher on Brian's ballot (No. 14) than mine (No. 15). Brian also has Nebraska one spot higher than I do -- No. 19 vs. No. 20 -- and we both have Michigan at No. 22 after its loss to Iowa. I like Georgia a lot more than Brian does, and he has Kansas State three spots higher than I do. Ohio State appears on my ballot for the second consecutive week, but the Buckeyes have to do more to impress Brian.



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