Blogpoll draft ballot, week 9.

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

My take on college football's top 25.

It was an interesting week in college football with plenty of movement.

Here are my thoughts:

  • I have all of the major undefeateds at the top. I'm sure that the pick that will be most controversial is Kansas State over Alabama. I think there is an excellent chance that Alabama is the best team in the country and that I will move them to #1 if they win at LSU. At this point, however, I think Kansas State gets the nod for its wins at Oklahoma and West Virginia.
  • Another matter of dispute might be Notre Dame over Oregon. If I were ranking the four current title contenders (KSU, UA, ND, UO) based on quality of wins, I probably would put Notre Dame number one. What prevents me from doing that is that ND has more close calls against subpar opposition than do the other three (Purdue, BYU). I still gave ND the nod over Oregon, which really doesn't have a signature win yet. I may be overvaluing impressive road wins. ND and K State have them, while Alabama and Oregon do not.
  • We're down to three Big Ten teams on my ballot. Michigan and Penn State dropped out.
  • Boy, am I not feeling Northwestern at #25. Tell me who?
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