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How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

10/21/2013

Neither Adam nor I have a vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' or Harris polls, and the only formulas either of us knows anything about involves Adam's new son. But we do have a say in the weekly ESPN.com national power rankings, and here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Florida State

4. Ohio State

5. Missouri

6. Stanford

7. Miami

8. Baylor

9. Texas Tech

10. Auburn

11. Clemson

12. Oklahoma

13. UCLA

14. Wisconsin

15. Oklahoma State

16. LSU

17. Texas A&M

18. South Carolina

19. Fresno State

20. Georgia

21. UCF

22. Louisville

23. Nebraska

24. Northern Illinois

25. Notre Dame

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Florida State

4. Ohio State

5. Baylor

6. Miami

7. Missouri

8. Stanford

9. UCLA

10. Clemson

11. LSU

12. Auburn

13. Texas A&M

14. Oklahoma

15. Texas Tech

16. Wisconsin

17. Virginia Tech

18. Fresno State

19. South Carolina

20. UCF

21. Louisville

22. Michigan State

23. Northern Illinois

24. Arizona State

25. Nebraska

First off, this might have been the toughest week to fill out a ballot after all the chaos of Week 8. That still doesn't excuse the terrible job the actual pollsters did by ranking Louisville ahead of UCF even though UCF beat Louisville on the road and has played a much better schedule, or the lack of respect given to Wisconsin. Look at where we've got the Badgers this week compared to the national polls. ... I said I wasn't going to rank Nebraska until the Huskers beat someone of note. Well, after this past week, there weren't a lot of other candidates for the Top 25, and since I'm ranking Michigan State, I have to take into account the comparative scores of the two vs. Purdue. Welcome back, Big Red. ... Neither of us ranks Michigan, though the actual polls do. The Wolverines still look way too shaky for us, but they'll get to prove themselves very soon. ... One team Adam and I differ on greatly is LSU. I probably have the Tigers way too high, but they did beat Auburn, which Adam has six spots ahead of LSU. ... I've also got Baylor higher than most. That offense is insane. ... Adam kept Georgia in the poll at No. 25. The Bulldogs have a couple of really good wins, but in my view, they are not playing like a Top 25 team right now thanks in large part to some devastating injuries.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?