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.
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.