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Monday, December 5, 2011
How we voted in the latest power rankings

By Adam Rittenberg

It's time to check our ballots as championship week has wrapped up and the bowl pairings are set.

Here's how we voted in the latest power rankings poll.

Brian Bennett's ballot

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

Adam Rittenberg's ballot

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

We split on the No. 2 team in college football, as Bennett went with Alabama, while Oklahoma State impressed me enough in the Bedlam game to move into the second line. The next five teams are the same on our ballots, while Wisconsin checks in at No. 9 on Bennett's but No. 10 on mine. Bennett has both Michigan State and Michigan a few spots higher than I do, and we differ quite a bit on the merits of both Baylor and Kansas State. Nebraska appears one spot higher on my ballot (No. 18) than Bennett's, while Penn State appears one spot higher on his (No. 23) than mine. Oklahoma paid a heavy price on both of our ballots, as did Houston. Florida State rounds out Bennett's ballot at No. 25, while I went with Cincinnati.