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Monday, November 26, 2012
How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

By Brian Bennett

If you don't like the BCS standings or AP poll, don't blame us. Adam and I don't vote in any of the major rankings. But you can put some of the blame on us if you disagree with ESPN.com's weekly power rankings, where we do have a ballot. Here's how we voted this week:

Adam's Top 25

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

Brian's Top 25

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

We both have five Big Ten teams ranked this week. Homers? Hardly, if you've studied our ballots all season. Truth is, a whole bunch of teams near the bottom of the poll lost last week, opening up some spots for others. Penn State won eight of its last 10 games, while Northwestern finished 9-3. ... I'm sure Ohio State fans will not be happy with me ranking the Buckeyes No. 5 after a 12-0 season. That's fine. I saw Ohio State four times in person this year, and while I'm extremely impressed with how that team found ways to win every week, I prefer the résumés of the teams I have ahead of the Buckeyes. As you'll note, I'm a little unconventional with where I placed Texas A&M and Georgia; the Bulldogs just haven't beaten enough good teams, in my opinion, while A&M is on fire and has the single best win of any team all season (at Alabama). If you want to disagree and say that the Buckeyes belong as high as No. 2, I'm not going to argue with you. It's a preference thing. ... Other than that, our Top 25s aren't that different. Adam introduces San Jose State and TCU in his rankings, while I brought back Boise State and kept Texas in after its loss to TCU. The middle of the Big 12 is one big jumble of similar-looking teams.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?