How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

September, 24, 2012
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Your fearless Big Ten bloggers don't vote in the Associated Press Top 25, but we do have a say in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings. Here's how we cast our ballots this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Georgia
5. LSU
6. West Virginia
7. South Carolina
8. Kansas State
9. Notre Dame
10. Stanford
11. Florida
12. Texas
13. USC
14. TCU
15. Clemson
16. Ohio State
17. Louisville
18. Oregon State
19. Mississippi State
20. Nebraska
21. Ohio
22. Rutgers
23. Baylor
24. Northwestern
25. UCLA

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Georgia
5. LSU
6. Notre Dame
7. Kansas State
8. West Virginia
9. South Carolina
10. Florida
11. Stanford
12. Texas
13. USC
14. TCU
15. Clemson
16. Oklahoma
17. Ohio State
18. Oregon State
19. Mississippi State
20. Louisville
21. Ohio
22. Northwestern
23. UCLA
24. Nebraska
25. Rutgers

We both dropped Michigan and Michigan State out of the Top 25 for the first time this year. Adam has Nebraska higher than I do; I don't see the justification for ranking the Huskers ahead of UCLA, a team that beat Nebraska earlier this month. Neither of us has jumped on the 4-0 Minnesota bandwagon, at least as far as ranking the Gophers, and we're both still dumbfounded as to how Wisconsin is ranked in the coaches' poll.

We're also both much higher on Ohio than most of our colleagues, and, hey, the MAC has done some good things this season. Otherwise, our ballots aren't all that different. I've got Notre Dame three spots higher than Adam and have been impressed with the Irish's body of work. Adam punished Oklahoma for losing at home to Kansas State by dropping the Sooners out of the rankings entirely. He ranks Baylor, while I still want to see more from the post-RGIII Bears.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

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