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Monday, November 19, 2012
How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

By Brian Bennett

After the havoc of Week 12, filling out a Top 25 ballot became even more challenging. Here's how Adam and I voted in the ESPN.com power rankings this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Notre Dame
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
6. Oregon
7. Florida
8. Kansas State
9. LSU
10. Stanford
11. Florida State
12. Clemson
13. South Carolina
14. UCLA
15. Nebraska
16. Oklahoma
17. Oregon State
18. Texas
19. Michigan
20. Louisville
21. Rutgers
22. Northern Illinois
23. Kent State
24. Oklahoma State
25. Utah State

Brian's Top 25


1. Notre Dame
2. Alabama
3. Texas A&M
4. Georgia
5. Ohio State
6. Florida
7. Stanford
8. Oregon
9. Kansas State
10. LSU
11. Florida State
12. Clemson
13. Oklahoma
14. South Carolina
15. Oregon State
16. UCLA
17. Nebraska
18. Texas
19. Michigan
20. Northern Illinois
21. Louisville
22. Oklahoma State
23. Rutgers
24. Utah State
25. Kent State

Adam and I have some different takes on our top 10, which is fun. I admit I spent more time on my ballot this week than I did all season, trying to place the emphasis on which teams have best bodies of work and are playing the best right now. Hence, I like Texas A&M because of how strong the Aggies look right now, and I'm more skeptical of the résumés of Georgia and Ohio State. ... I couldn't justify ranking Oregon over Stanford after Stanford physically dominated the Ducks in Eugene, even if the Cardinal have one more loss. Oregon's schedule is weak. Adam saw it differently. ... I brought Michigan back to my ballot in a big way and probably should have had the Wolverines ranked last week. ... We both punished Kansas State pretty heavily, but the Wildcats really spit the bit at Baylor in a shockingly bad performance. ... Can we say there are four Big Ten teams ranked this week, or is it too early to count Rutgers?

What does your Top 25 look like this week?