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Monday, September 23, 2013
How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

By Brian Bennett

Neither Adam nor I vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' or Harris polls, and for some reason we didn't get an Emmy ballot. But we do have a say in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings, and here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Stanford
6. LSU
7. Texas A&M
8. Florida State
9. Louisville
10. Oklahoma State
11. Georgia
12. Oklahoma
13. South Carolina
14. UCLA
15. Miami
16. Washington
17. Baylor
18. Mississippi
19. Northwestern
20. Wisconsin
21. Florida
22. Michigan
23. Arizona State
24. Maryland
25. Notre Dame

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Oregon
4. Ohio State
5. Stanford
6. Florida State
7. Texas A&M
8. LSU
9. Georgia
10. Louisville
11. Oklahoma State
12. Miami
13. South Carolina
14. UCLA
15. Oklahoma
16. Northwestern
17. Washington
18. Baylor
19. Ole Miss
20. Wisconsin
21. Michigan
22. Notre Dame
23. Florida
24. UCF
25. Fresno State

The top of our rankings are not too dissimilar, though Adam has Oregon No. 2 while I'm sticking with Clemson. I've been impressed with the Ducks but would like to see them beat someone better than Tennessee, while Clemson's win over Georgia still strikes me as the better accomplishment. ... Florida State and LSU are also flip-flopped on our ballots. Adam may well be right about that, as Les Miles's team has looked very good and might be the only thing that stands between Alabama and a 12-0 regular-season record. ... We both dropped Michigan quite a bit after a second straight unimpressive showing by the Wolverines. ... Adam keeps Arizona State in and welcomes future Big Ten member Maryland to his Top 25. I believe the Sun Devils should be 1-2, and I brought in a team that beat future Big Ten member Rutgers and Boise State in Fresno State.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?