Note: J.P. Giglio is one of 65 voters in the AP Top 25. This is his ballot.
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I'm one of the 21 AP voters to move Alabama to No. 1 after the Tide dominated Georgia on the road. I think Alabama's resume, to this point, is more impressive than Oklahoma's.
The top 25 is an opinion poll and in that regard, a voter can't be wrong. But funny, the Harris Poll was created, because the AP withdrew from the BCS process, to correct the preseason bias of starting teams too low based on expectations and not results. Lo and behold, the Harris voters have Alabama is No. 3 with seven first-place votes.
The coaches' poll is even more of a popularity contest. Ya think there are few coaches who don't like Nick Saban? His colleagues have the Tide at an inexcusable No. 4 with just two first-place votes.
Oh well, it will all change in due time, if we learned anything last week with the losses of USC, Florida and Georgia.
As for the rest of my Top 25, I can never guess which fan base I'll end up insulting. It turns out its BYU this week. I've got the Cougars at No. 16, they're No. 8 in the proper AP poll. What's really bothering BYU Fan is that I have Utah at No. 13.
We'll find out everything we need to know about BYU and Utah on Nov. 22.
Last week: 6 (beat Georgia, 41-30)
Best combination of offensive and defensive lines in the country. The Tide is just mauling teams off the ball and letting its talented young playmakers do the rest.
Question is how will this team handle success? They fell apart after losing to LSU last season. They have to be able to handle the other end of the spectrum.
Last week: 2 (beat TCU, 35-10)
Next: @ Baylor
If Ohio State had wins over a I-AA team, Cincinnati, Washington and TCU, do you think the Buckeyes would be ranked No. 1?
Oklahoma has been just as bad, if not worse, in BCS bowl games as the Buckeyes, but the Sooners are not punished in the court of public opinion for their transgressions.
That's not why they're No. 2 here — which is harder, beating TCU at home or winning at Georgia? — just pointing out the double standard between OU and OSU.
Last week: 4 (beat Mississippi State, 34-24)
Next: @ Florida (Oct. 11)
Is LSU the New York Giants of college football or are the Giants the LSU of the NFL? Either way, both champions are being overlooked in the big picture.
Les Miles wouldn't have it any other way. He couldn't have asked for a better "Nobody respects us" card to play.
We'll find out if the quarterback-challenged team can win at The Swamp in two weeks.
Last week: 7 (off)
Next: @ Nebraska
That worked out well, the Tigers didn't even play and moved up three spots here and even got a first-place vote. Given what Nebraska went through on Saturday, and the Huskers' limitations on offense, the Tigers should win in Lincoln on Saturday. Should.
5. South Florida
Last week: 8 (beat N.C. State, 41-10)
Next: Pitt (Thursday)
I don't know if seeing a team in person helps or hurts because maybe I saw the Bulls at their best but I can't believe there are nine teams better than USF (it's No. 10 in the AP poll). That's way too low if Matt Grothe is going to be as good as he was Saturday against the Wolfpack.
6. Penn State
Last week: 16 (beat Illinois, 38-24)
Next: @ Purdue
I reluctantly move the Nits here because I still have doubts about their ability to beat Ohio State (Oct. 25) or Michigan (Oct. 18) but I don't vote on what will happen but what has happened. PSU wiped the floor with Oregon State, which turned around and beat USC. Illinois is also a good team.
Last week: 10 (beat Arkansas, 52-10)
Next: @ Colorado
Trap game alert! The Buffs are a thousand times better at home and the Horns have No. 1 Oklahoma on Oct. 11. Guaranteed prediction of the week: This Texas-Colorado game will be closer than the last time these two teams played, a 70-3 UT win in the 2005 Big 12 title game.
8. Texas Tech
Last week: 12 (off)
Next: @ Kansas State
Wake me when Texas Tech plays someone.
Last week: 3 (lost to Alabama, 41-30)
Next: Tennessee (Oct. 11)
Not out of the national title hunt but the Dawgs have obvious flaws on both sides of the ball, namely the offensive line. They're a good team, just not a great team.
Last week: 5 (lost to Ole Miss, 31-30)
Next: @ Arkansas
Bad call by Urban Meyer to go for it on fourth down, instead of kicking the field goal, and he made it worse with the play call — a shotgun QB keep, instead of puttng Tebow under center and letting him push forward for the first down.
The Gators, like UGa, aren't dead yet, but the defense has to get better for Meyer's second national title, so does his late-game decision-making.
Last week: 11 (beat Tennessee, 14-12)
Next: @ Vanderbilt
The Tigers won't win many style points this season but they'll take the wins. Betcha you didn't think this week's game at Vandy would be between two ranked teams?
Last week: 1 (lost to Oregon State, 27-21)
The Trojans had no excuse for looking past Oregon State. They had a bye after the big win over Ohio State and the game was on national television. That's bad coaching, pure and simple.
With that being said, I feel sorry for Oregon and the rest of the Pac-10. USC is now in a BCS beauty contest and nobody dresses up for the voters like Pete Carroll.
Last week: 14 (beat Weber State, 37-21)
Next: Oregon State (Thursday)
Bad news, BYU fans, if the Utes beat Oregon State this week, they'll jump in front of USC.
14. Ohio State
Last week: 15 (beat Minnesota, 34-21)
OSU is certainly a different team with Terrelle Pryor at quarterback and a healthy Beanie Wells. Jim Tressel can't control the latter but what took him so long on the former?
Last week: 17 (off)
Next: @ Iowa State
Biding their time until a trip to Oklahoma on Oct. 18.
Last week: 18 (off)
Next: @ Utah State
Win at TCU on Oct. 16 and you'll move up. Until then, get used to the neighborhood.
17. Boise State
Last week: 19 (off)
Next: Louisiana Tech (Wednesday)
Might be awhile before the Broncs are tested.
18. Virginia Tech
Last week: Not ranked (beat Nebraska, 35-30)
Next: Western Kentucky
Unbeaten with Tyrod Taylor at QB and a healthy Macho Harris. Strong back-to-back road wins over UNC and Nebraska.
Last week: 9 (lost at Michigan, 27-25)
Next: Ohio State
Well, the Badgers were looking ahead to OSU and now they get 'em. We'll see what they do with the chance.
Last week: Not ranked (off)
Follow the dominoes: Vandy beat Ole Miss ...
21. Ball State
Last week: 23 (beat Kent State, 41-20)
Next: @ Toledo
... Ball State beat Navy ...
22. Wake Forest
Last week: 13 (lost to Navy, 24-17)
Next: Clemson (Oct. 9)
... Wake lost to Navy but beat Ole Miss ...
23. Ole Miss
Last week: Not ranked (beat Florida, 31-30)
Next: South Carolina
Only two-loss team in here but easily could be 5-0.
Last week: 24 (beat Central Arkansas, 62-34)
The class of C-USA.
25. Michigan State
Last week: Not ranked (beat Indiana, 42-29)
Javon Ringer is putting up Heisman numbers: 897 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games.
In: Virginia Tech (18), Vanderbilt (20), Ole Miss (23), Michigan State (25)
Out: Clemson (20), Illinois (21), Nebraska (22), ECU (25)