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November 13, 2011 at 8:02 AM

My Top 25

The Pac-12’s “Game of the Century” left in its wake one key question — how high should Oregon rise in the polls? (Okay, it also raised another — is there any way to change the conference rules mandating whoever wins the South has to play in the conference title game?)

I digress on the latter. On the former, the thought here is the Ducks should be No. 4, behind Alabama. There’s a clear comparison there — how the two teams played against LSU — and the Tide obviously comes off better.

There was also the question of how far to drop Stanford. At this point in the year, one loss doesn’t necessarily mean a huge fall since there’s now so much other evidence. But the margin of the defeat meant the Cardinal had to fall a little bit — I’ve got them at eight.

The Pac-12 has just three Top 25 worthy teams at the moment — Oregon, Stanford and USC. Arizona State would have been considered had it won at WSU. But after a first half of the season that usually went according, we’re starting to see a few upsets in the conference, and so it was that the Devils were beaten last night in Pullman.

ASU could still easily get to the conference title game if it wins home games against Arizona and Cal while UCLA loses at least once — and since the Bruins have to go to USC, that’s a good bet.

As for any questions about TCU, I thought about slotting it a little higher. But the loss to SMU isn’t looking any better.

Here’s my complete ballot:

1, LSU
2, Oklahoma State
3, Alabama
4, Oregon
5, Oklahoma
6, Arkansas
7, Clemson
8, Stanford
9, Virginia Tech
10, Boise State
11, Houston
12, South Carolina
13, Georgia
14, USC
15, Kansas State
16, Nebraska
17, Michigan State
18, Penn State
19, Wisconsin
20, Southern Mississippi
21, TCU
22, Georgia Tech
23, Michigan
24, Florida State
25, Notre Dame

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