Hlas' Top 25 AP ballot for Week 9: Kansas State 3rd, Notre Dame 4th

Published: October 28 2012 | 2:30 pm - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 2:38 am in
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On who they've beaten, I'd rank Kansas State and Notre Dame above Alabama and Oregon.

On the eyeball test, it's 'Bama and the Ducks, with K-State and Notre Dame a very close third and fourth, respectively.

I had a hard, hard time putting Georgia as high as No. 10, but it beat Florida and both are 7-1, so what's a boy to do? Even though Georgia got brutalized at South Carolina three weeks ago. South Cackalacky got crushed at Florida last week, so since they're all 1-1 vs. the other two but Georgia is the only one who won away from home ...

My ballot:

1. Alabama (8-0)

2. Oregon (8-0)

3. Kansas State (8-0)

4. Notre Dame (8-0)

5. LSU (7-1)

6. Ohio State (9-0). The Buckeyes being unbeaten doesn't really do the Big Ten much good this year.

7. Florida State (8-1)

8. Clemson (7-1)

9. Oklahoma (5-2). Since the Sooners' only losses are to unbeaten K-State and unbeaten Notre Dame ...

10. Georgia (7-1)

11. Florida (7-1)

12. South Carolina (7-2)

13. Texas A&M (6-2)

14. Oregon State (6-1)

15. Stanford (7-2)

16. Mississippi State (7-1)

17. Louisville (8-0)

18. USC (6-2). The AP preseason No. 1 was USC. My preseason No. 1 was Alabama. Give it up for me.

19. Texas Tech (6-2)

20. Boise State (7-1)

21. Nebraska (6-2). Huskers are at Michigan State Saturday. If the Huskers win that, they'll have a great shot of playing Wisconsin in Indianapolis.

22. Oklahoma State (5-2)

23. Louisiana Tech (7-1)

24. Northern Illinois (8-1). Huskies have won 17 of their last 18 games. The only team to beat NIU in that span? Iowa.

25. Kent State (7-1)

The AP poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Alabama (60) 8-0 1500

2 Oregon 8-0 1412

3 Kansas State 8-0 1382

4 Notre Dame 8-0 1344

5 LSU 7-1 1216

6 Ohio State 9-0 1158

7 Georgia 7-1 1145

8 Florida 7-1 1075

9 Florida State 8-1 1046

10 Clemson 7-1 914

11 South Carolina 7-2 823

12 Louisville 8-0 817

13 Oregon State 6-1 762

14 Oklahoma 5-2 758

15 Stanford 6-2 627

16 Texas A&M 6-2 580

17 Mississippi State 7-1 559

18 USC 6-2 418

19 Boise State 7-1 406

20 Texas Tech 6-2 388

21 Nebraska 6-2 249

22 Louisiana Tech 7-1 209

23 West Virginia 5-2 126

24 Arizona 5-3 106

25 UCLA 6-2 103

Dropped from rankings: Rutgers 18, Michigan 20, Ohio 23

Others receiving votes: Toledo 88, Rutgers 74, Oklahoma State 72, Texas 55, Kent State 33, Tulsa 17, Northern Illinois 12, Washington 8, Northwestern 7, Ohio 4, Wisconsin 4, Michigan 2, Louisiana-Monroe 1
 

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