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How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

December, 2, 2013
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Neither Adam nor I vote in any of the three major polls, but we do have a voice in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings. And here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Florida State
2. Ohio State
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
5. Missouri
6. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Stanford
9. Arizona State
10. Michigan State
11. Baylor
12. Clemson
13. LSU
14. UCLA
15. Oregon
16. Oklahoma
17. Northern Illinois
18. UCF
19. Duke
20. Louisville
21. USC
22. Wisconsin
23. Cincinnati
24. Texas
25. Miami

Brian's Top 25

1. Florida State
2. Ohio State
3. Auburn
4. Alabama
5. Missouri
6. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Stanford
9. Michigan State
10. Baylor
11. Arizona State
12. Oregon
13. Clemson
14. LSU
15. UCLA
16. Oklahoma
17. UCF
18. Northern Illinois
19. Duke
20. Louisville
21. Texas
22. Wisconsin
23. Texas A&M
24. USC
25. Cincinnati

Both of us moved the Buckeyes up to No. 2, ahead of Auburn. No reason to think that will change for either of us if Ohio State wins Saturday. ... But that won't be easy against Michigan State, a team that's in both of our top 10s now. ... Wisconsin tumbles to No. 22 in both our polls after the shocking upset loss at home to Penn State. ... Iowa picked up some votes this week in both polls, but neither of us pulled the trigger on ranking the 8-4 Hawkeyes.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 25, 2013
11/25/13
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I vote in any of the three major polls, but we do have a voice in ESPN.com's weekly national power rankings. Here's what we said this week:

Adam's top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Auburn
5. Oklahoma State
6. Clemson
7. Missouri
8. Stanford
9. South Carolina
10. Michigan State
11. Baylor
12. Wisconsin
13. Arizona State
14. LSU
15. USC
16. Oregon
17. Oklahoma
18. Northern Illinois
19. Fresno State
20. UCLA
21. UCF
22. Texas A&M
23. Louisville
24. Duke
25. Texas

Brian's top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Auburn
5. Clemson
6. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Missouri
9. Stanford
10. Baylor
11. Wisconsin
12. Michigan State
13. LSU
14. Arizona State
15. Oregon
16. Texas A&M
17. Oklahoma
18. USC
19. UCLA
20. UCF
21. Fresno State
22. Northern Illinois
23. Duke
24. Louisville
25. Texas

Not a whole lot of surprises here, but Michigan State moves up into the top 10 for Adam. I still have Wisconsin one spot ahead of the Spartans, but it's so close I can see the case for it going either way. Looking forward to seeing how Michigan State handles another common opponent this week when Minnesota goes to East Lansing. ... I'd say we look pretty smart for keeping Ohio State ahead of Baylor while some voters were doing the opposite. ... Big Ten teams have played three teams we currently have ranked: Arizona State, UCLA and Northern Illinois. And they lost to all three of them. ... Minnesota's time in the Top 25 came to an end with its loss to the Badgers. I came away impressed with the Gophers' toughness and defensive effort last week. The program just desperately needs more skill players on offense.

What does your top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 18, 2013
11/18/13
3:30
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Neither Adam nor I vote in any of the three major polls, but we do have a say in ESPN.com's weekly national power rankings. Here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Auburn
6. Oregon
7. Clemson
8. Stanford
9. Oklahoma State
10. Missouri
11. South Carolina
12. Texas A&M
13. Wisconsin
14. Michigan State
15. UCLA
16. Arizona State
17. LSU
18. Oklahoma
19. USC
20. UCF
21. Louisville
22. Northern Illinois
23. Fresno State
24. Duke
25. Minnesota

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Auburn
6. Clemson
7. South Carolina
8. Oregon
9. Stanford
10. Oklahoma State
11. Missouri
12. Texas A&M
13. Wisconsin
14. Michigan State
15. UCLA
16. LSU
17. Arizona State
18. USC
19. Oklahoma
20. UCF
21. Fresno State
22. Louisville
23. Northern Illinois
24. Minnesota
25. Duke

Not a whole heck of a lot of difference in our two ballots. The hardest part for me this week was how to solve the riddle of Stanford and Oregon. The Cardinal lost to USC, but is that enough to put them behind a Ducks team they just blasted a week earlier? And how good are both teams? Stanford has some really good wins but also has lost to Utah and USC. It's tough. I moved both down and have Oregon one spot ahead, but I don't feel great about it. ... Wisconsin and Michigan State stay stagnant this week. They're about even, in my view. ... Minnesota moves up one spot in my poll and stays at No. 25 for Adam. If you figured Duke and Minnesota would each be ranked in mid-November, take a bow.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

 

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 11, 2013
11/11/13
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I have a vote in the major polls, but we do have a voice in ESPN.com's weekly national Power Rankings. And here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Auburn
7. Oregon
8. Missouri
9. Clemson
10. Oklahoma State
11. Texas A&M
12. South Carolina
13. Wisconsin
14. UCLA
15. Michigan State
16. UCF
17. LSU
18. Fresno State
19. Louisville
20. Northern Illinois
21. Arizona State
22. Oklahoma
23. Texas
24. Miami
25. Minnesota

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. Stanford
6. Oregon
7. Auburn
8. Clemson
9. South Carolina
10. Missouri
11. Texas A&M
12. Oklahoma State
13. Wisconsin
14. Michigan State
15. UCLA
16. LSU
17. Oklahoma
18. UCF
19. Fresno State
20. Louisville
22. Northern Illinois
22. Arizona State
23. Texas
24. Miami
25. Minnesota

Ohio State moves up to No. 3 on both our ballots after Oregon's loss last week. The Buckeyes are lurking but still need help ... We both have Wisconsin at No. 13, much higher than the major polls. The Badgers are still just 22nd in the BCS standings after beating BYU. They just can't seem to get any traction, and it's a shame. ... Michigan State is a top-15 team for both of us. The Spartans could move near or even into the top 10 by winning out in the regular season. ... And for the first time in what seems like forever, Minnesota is in both of our Top 25s. Hard to ignore what the Gophers are doing right now. They've won four straight and are 8-2.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

October, 28, 2013
10/28/13
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I have a vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' or Harris polls, and we do not have a voice in baserunning obstruction calls. But we do have a say in the weekly ESPN.com Power Rankings, and here's what we said this week.

Brian's Top 25

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

Adam's Top 25

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

We both have four Big Ten teams ranked this week, with Michigan just sneaking in at No. 25. There's a very good chance, of course, that either Michigan State or Michigan will drop out next week, depending on the outcome of this week's game. … We both remain much higher on Wisconsin than most of the rest of the country. The Badgers have a prove-it game at Iowa this week, and that upcoming BYU game is looking tougher. … Not a ton of difference on our ballots elsewhere, with the exception of Oklahoma State. Adam has the Pokes at 18th, while I just haven't been impressed with their wins over the soft middle of a down Big 12. Of course, you could also make the same argument against some Big Ten clubs.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

October, 14, 2013
10/14/13
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches or Harris polls, and the BCS rejected our computer rankings for its formula (granted, out math was quite shoddy). But we do have a say in ESPN.com's weekly national power rankings, and here's what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

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

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Florida State
6. LSU
7. UCLA
8. Baylor
9. Texas A&M
10. Miami
11, Louisville
12. Stanford
13. Georgia
14. South Carolina
15. Missouri
16. Oklahoma
17. Wisconsin
18. Virginia Tech
19. Fresno State
20. Texas Tech
21. Florida
22. Auburn
23. Michigan State
24. Washington
25. Northern Illinois

We are obviously much kinder to the Big Ten than the AP poll, which has only two league teams (Ohio State and Wisconsin) this week. Adam and I are both very high on Wisconsin and can't believe the Badgers aren't in the coaches' poll. ... We both also include Michigan State this week, while Adam also has Nebraska in the poll and ahead of the Spartans. I'm a little more impressed with MSU right now because its win at Iowa is better than anything on the Huskers' résumé. But it is close. ... We both also dropped Michigan and Northwestern out this week. They remain just on the cusp and can get back in with some bounce-back performances. ... I flip-flopped Oregon and Clemson, finally moving the Ducks up to No. 2. Clemson's performance against Boston College and Georgia's loss didn't help. ... A bunch of losses this week meant that teams such as Baylor, UCLA, Missouri and Virginia Tech made big leaps on our ballots. ... One question I keep having is what to do with Florida. The Gators obviously have a tremendous defense, but their offense is abysmal. Do they really deserve to stay in the rankings?

What does your Top 25 look like this week?
After going 12-0 last season, Ohio State knew the target on its back was only going to grow for 2013.

And right now, the Buckeyes are ranked No. 1 in at least one preseason poll: ESPN.com's Way-Too-Early-Preseason Top 25. Colleague Mark Schlabach moved the Buckeyes from No. 3 in his pre-spring practice poll to No. 1 now, jumping defending champion Alabama.

"I'm not saying the Buckeyes are a better football team than the Crimson Tide; I'm saying Ohio State has an easier path to an undefeated record this coming season," Schlabach writes.

"Another perfect season isn't out of the question for OSU in 2013. It doesn't play Nebraska or Michigan State during the regular season and gets Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State at home. Sure, the Buckeyes might have to defeat an SEC opponent to win a BCS National Championship, but Meyer already has proved he's capable of doing it."

No pressure, guys. Schlabach has given the Big Ten a fair share of grief in recent years, so he must really like the Buckeyes to rank them over an SEC team.

The next Big Ten team in Schlabach's rankings is Michigan at No. 9. The Wolverines moved up from No. 12 in his previous poll.

"The Wolverines' offense will look a lot different with quarterback Devin Gardner under center this coming season," Schlabach writes. "Michigan fans caught a glimpse of the pro-style offense coordinator Al Borges wants to run in the final five games of 2012, when Gardner replaced injured starting quarterback Denard Robinson."

Nebraska checks in at No. 22, moving up one spot from Schlabach's previous installment. Northwestern stays steady at No. 24, and Wisconsin moves into the rankings at No. 25.

Those seem like the five Big Ten teams that ought to be ranked in the preseason. What do you think of Schlabach's rankings? Does Ohio State has a case for No. 1? Will the Big Ten actually have two top 10 teams this year? Anybody from the league missing from the top 25?

We'll have our latest Big Ten rankings out this Friday, so stay tuned.

Buckeyes finish No. 3 in AP poll

January, 8, 2013
1/08/13
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Ohio State didn't move up in the final Associated Press poll of the season despite Notre Dame's blowout loss in the BCS title game.

Instead, Oregon -- which beat Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl -- leapfrogged the Buckeyes, moving from No. 5 to No. 2. Ohio State likely suffered from the out of sight, out of mind phenomenon since it did not play in a bowl. How the Ducks wound up five spots ahead of Stanford, which beat Oregon at home and won the Rose Bowl, is anyone's guess.

In other poll news, raise your hand if you had Northwestern finishing as the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the USA Today coaches' poll. The 10-3 Wildcats closed the year ranked No. 16 in the coaches' rankings, which of course do not consider teams on probation like Ohio State. It's a fantastic achievement for Pat Fitzgerald's club, which also finished No. 17 in the AP poll. Northwestern should be a top-20 team to start 2013, as it brings back the vast majority of its starters.

Michigan, which began the year in the top 10 of both polls, finished No. 24 in the AP and was not ranked in the coaches' poll after an 8-5 season that included a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. Nebraska just barely finished as a ranked team in the AP, placing No. 25 there. The Huskers were No. 23 in the coaches' poll.

Summing up the final polls:

AP

3. Ohio State
17. Northwestern
24. Michigan
25. Nebraska

Receiving votes: Penn State (No. 27 overall), Wisconsin (No. 35)

Coaches

16. Northwestern
23. Nebraska

Receiving votes: Michigan (No. 26), Wisconsin (No. 30).
Any chance Nebraska had of earning an at-large BCS bid are dashed now.

The Huskers tumbled to No. 21 in the USA Today coaches' poll after their embarrassing 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday. And while the Harris Poll will come out later, there's no way Nebraska will finish in the top 14 to qualify for an at-large spot.

Ohio State won't win an Associated Press national title, but the Buckeyes are up to No. 3 in the AP poll this week after Georgia's loss to Alabama. The winner of the BCS title game between Notre Dame and Alabama will finish No. 1, but maybe if it is a particularly ugly game Ohio State can steal a few first-place votes. The possibility of a No. 2 finish is very real.

The big winner this week, despite not playing, was Northwestern. The Wildcats moved up three spots to No. 17 in the coaches' poll, making them the highest-ranked Big Ten team in that poll (Ohio State is ineligible). Northwestern also climbed a spot to No. 21 in the AP poll. Wisconsin checked back into the coaches' poll at No. 23 but is only 28th in the AP rankings.

How the Big Ten stacks up:

AP

3. Ohio State
19. Michigan
21. Northwestern
23. Nebraska

Penn State is 26th, while Wisconsin is 28th.

Coaches

17. Northwestern
21. Nebraska
22. Michigan
23. Wisconsin

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 26, 2012
11/26/12
1:30
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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?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 19, 2012
11/19/12
2:45
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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?

Polls: Buckeyes up to No. 4 in AP

November, 18, 2012
11/18/12
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Can Ohio State win an Associated Press national title if the Buckeyes finish 12-0?

Urban Meyer's team is one of only two unbeaten programs in the FBS, along with Notre Dame. And Ohio State is now up to No. 4 in the AP poll, behind only the Irish, Alabama and Georgia. Remember, Georgia and Alabama will play each other in the SEC title game. If Notre Dame loses to USC, the Buckeyes have a chance to climb to No. 2 before bowl season.

Nebraska failed to make up any ground after a 38-14 win over Minnesota. The Huskers remain No. 14 in the USA Today coaches poll and actually dropped a spot to No. 17 in AP. The coaches poll is the only one that matters for BCS purposes.

Michigan is up to No. 20 in both polls. The Wolverines have some work to do to get into the top 14 of the BCS standings, which will be released tonight. But a win over Ohio State on Saturday would be a big help.

Northwestern is 26th in the AP and 27th in the coaches poll, while Wisconsin is 34th in AP and 36th in the coaches.

To recap:

AP

4. Ohio State
17. Nebraska
20. Michigan

Coaches

14. Nebraska
20. Michigan

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 12, 2012
11/12/12
1:30
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Neither Adam nor I vote in any of the three major polls, and we are not judges on "The Voice." But we do have a voice in the weekly ESPN.com power rankings, and this is what we said this week:

Adam's Top 25

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

Brian's Top 25

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

We have the same teams in our top two, just in a different order. I had Oregon No. 2 for several weeks but went with Kansas State as my new No. 1 just based on the Wildcats' far more impressive body of work. ... I dropped Ohio State two spots even though the Buckeyes were off last week. What? I did so mostly to reward Texas A&M for the best win by any team this season, and then it's tough not to have LSU right there since the Tigers did beat the Aggies. ... We both have Nebraska at No. 16, while Adam ranks Michigan at No. 23. I left the Wolverines off as my last team out, since they needed a miracle to win at home against Northwestern. Looking at the bottom of my rankings now in retrospect, I probably should have put Michigan in. That's a wrong that will be righted if the Wolverines keep winning.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

November, 5, 2012
11/05/12
2:30
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Neither Adam nor I have any hand in the BCS standings or the Associated Press poll. But we do vote in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings. Here's how we voted this week:

Adam's Top 25

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

Brian's Top 25

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

Our top four teams are identical, and we differ on No. 5. I moved Ohio State up a notch, while Adam elevated Georgia. I only dropped LSU one spot after it mostly outplayed No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, while Adam dropped the Tigers to No. 7. ... We both have Nebraska at No. 18, which happens to be where the Huskers rank in the BCS standings. ... I very nearly put Northwestern in this week, but that would be inconsistent with our Big Ten power rankings. I was really not impressed with some of the candidates for the bottom of the poll. Rutgers and Mississippi State? They've played nobody. I rewarded Kent State, even though it was blown out earlier this year by -- wait for it -- Kentucky. Yeah, things are rough. ... Some solid MAC-tion in our ballots with Toledo and Northern Illinois on both and Kent State on mine. That means there are as many MAC teams as Big Ten teams in Adam's Top 25 and more in mine. It's been that kind of year.

What does your Top 25 look like this week?

How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

October, 29, 2012
10/29/12
2:45
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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?

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