Glad to see so many of my fellow Associated Press poll voters elevated LSU to No. 1 this week.
For the second time in three weeks, the 25 teams on my ballot mirror the poll results.
Here's the ballot:
1. LSU (4-0): I elevated the
8. Texas A&M (2-1): With a 20-3 halftime lead over Oklahoma State, the
11. Nebraska (4-0): The Cornhuskers’ Big Ten debut is a doozy, at Wisconsin. Like the Badgers, Nebraska’s non-league schedule was uninspiring, including Saturday’s 38-14 road victory at
12. Clemson (4-0): This may rile up Virginia Tech faithful, but come on, back-to-back wins over Auburn and
13. Virginia Tech (4-0): A pedestrian 64th nationally in rushing defense last season, the Hokies are second this year (43 yards per game) after Saturday's 30-10 victory at Marshall. Can they slow Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins?
15. Florida (4-0): If the Gators survive October – Alabama, at LSU, at Auburn,
17. Florida State (2-2): The Seminoles are the only two-loss team on my ballot. Good as they may be, they’ll need help to return to
18. Texas (3-0): Idle last week, the Longhorns head to
19. Arkansas (3-1): Thought the Razorbacks would be more competitive at Alabama.
20. West Virginia (3-1): If Geno Smith passed for 463 yards against LSU, what might he do this week against Bowling Green?
21. Georgia Tech (4-0): The nation’s top-scoring team (53.3 points per game) is 4-0 for the first time since its 1990 national title season. The Yellow Jackets head to
22. TCU (3-1): Neighbor SMU will be more challenging than Portland State (55-13).