Te'o, ND hold steady in ESPN.com rankings

November, 28, 2012
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Notre Dame is holding steady atop ESPN.com's power rankings, and Manti Te'o remains No. 2 this week in ESPN.com's Heisman Watch.

Alabama is second in the power rankings, with the Tide's Saturday opponent, Georgia, holding down the fourth spot. The winner of this weekend's SEC title game will likely face the Irish in the Jan. 7 national title game.

Colleagues Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards are split on which team will face the Irish, with Mark picking the Bulldogs and Brad taking the Tide.

As for SEC overload, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel remains atop ESPN.com's Heisman Watch, holding a slim lead over Te'o, whose second-place votes have him within striking distance of Johnny Football (68 points to 59). Kansas State QB Collin Klein is third with 39 points, and he will have one more chance to state his case this Saturday against Texas.

As always, here are my ballots. Let's just say it wasn't easy slotting teams 14-25.

HEISMAN WATCH
  • 1) Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
  • 2) Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
  • 3) Marqise Lee, USC
  • 4) Braxton Miller, Ohio State
  • 5) Collin Klein, Kansas State
POWER RANKINGS
  • 1) Notre Dame
  • 2) Ohio State
  • 3) Alabama
  • 4) Georgia
  • 5) Florida
  • 6) Oregon
  • 7) Kansas State
  • 8) LSU
  • 9) Texas A&M
  • 10) Stanford
  • 11) South Carolina
  • 12) Oklahoma
  • 13) Nebraska
  • 14) Florida State
  • 15) Clemson
  • 16) Oregon State
  • 17) UCLA
  • 18) Northern Illinois
  • 19) Kent State
  • 20) Texas
  • 21) Oklahoma State
  • 22) Michigan
  • 23) Rutgers
  • 24) Louisville
  • 25) Penn State

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