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September 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM

My Top 25

The latest AP Top 25 is out and it includes just two Pac-10 teams — USC, this week’s UW opponent, at No. 3 and Cal at No. 8.
I had three in my poll, leaving Oregon State at No. 25. The Beavs had a close call at UNLV, but I watched a lot of that game and I think the Rebels are a little better than you might think, especially down there. To me, they remain the No. 3 Pac-10 team, and in my eyes, deserving of being ranked.
As for the top, the only change came at No. 5 with Oklahoma State losing. I don’t know how you downgrade USC for winning at Ohio State, and the rest did about as expected. I don’t get the people saying Texas has looked better than USC to this point by beating Louisiana-Monroe and Wyoming, and the biggest question about USC — whether Matt Barkley was up to the task — went a long way to being answered in the affirmative with that last-minute drive against the Buckeyes.
As for how I approach the poll, once the season starts, I try to base it solely on who I think the Top 25 teams are to the point. My reason for mentioning the schedule in an earlier Q-and-A on this point is that I think schedules can greatly influence a team’s psychology, approach to the season, whether it will suffer injuries, etc. If I think a team might be deserving of being ranked somewhere and I then see a schedule that leads me to believe it’s going to get off to a good start, I give it some benefit of the doubt.
I think everyone does a little projecting in the pre-season poll. But once the season starts, I base mine solely on performance to date. The caveat there is that obviously a team’s schedule heavily influences its body of work. Texas is a good example of that. But I’m not going to downgrade the Longhorns just because they haven’t had a chance yet to truly prove they are worth being the No. 3 team in the country.
Anyway, here’s this week’s ballot:
1, Florida
2, USC
3, Texas
4, Alabama
5, Ole Miss
6, Cal
7, Penn State
8, BYU
9, LSU
10, Boise State
11, Oklahoma
12, Ohio State
13, Virginia Tech
14, Georgia Tech
15, Oklahoma State
16, TCU
17, Kansas
18, Utah
19, Pitt
20, Georgia
21, Texas Tech
22, Missouri
23, Miami
24, Michigan
25, Oregon State
Feel free to chime in with your own in the comments section if you disagree. One thing I always point out to people is that the obvious reasons they have 60 people vote is to mitigate if there’s anyone out there who really has a vote that seems out of whack. It’s all about trying to present to the public a general consensus of who is where each week.

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