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Monday, October 29, 2012
How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

By Brian Bennett

Adam and I don't vote in any of the major polls (but I would like to vote in the Joan Harris Poll, if there were such a thing). We do have a say in the ESPN.com Power Rankings, and here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Kansas State
3. Oregon
4. Notre Dame
5. LSU
6. Ohio State
7. Florida State
8. Georgia
9. Florida
10. Clemson
11. South Carolina
12. Louisville
13. Oregon State
14. USC
15. Oklahoma
16. Boise State
17. Stanford
18. Texas A&M
19. Mississippi State
20. Texas Tech
21. Louisiana Tech
22. Nebraska
23. Arizona
24. Northern Illinois
25. West Virginia

Brian's Top 25

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

We both dropped Ohio State a bit after its troubles with Purdue, but we both moved the Buckeyes back up following an impressive win at Penn State. Could these Buckeyes actually beat Florida State, Florida, South Carolina or other teams we have ranked behind them? The sad thing is we'll never know. ... We both also have Nebraska about the same place and no other Big Ten teams ranked, just like the major polls. ... I continue to stay with Oregon at No. 2, while Adam goes with K-State. The Wildcats have the better résumé for sure, but I am having my doubts about just how strong the Big 12 actually is. The Ducks need to beat somebody good, but they sure are impressive doing what they do. ... The tough decisions this week were at the bottom of the poll after a whole bunch of teams lost. We both rewarded Rich-Rod's team for beating USC, while I like the way Oklahoma State is coming on. Adam went for former Wisconsin assistant Dave Doeren's Northern Illinois squad, which is 8-1. I considered the Huskies but couldn't get past the memory of them losing to Iowa, the same way I can't rank a 7-1 Kent State outfit that got somehow blown out by my alma mater.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?