Silver’s AP Ballot

John F. Silver

The top was easy. Notre Dame is headed to the BCS title game against the SEC title game winner. Nothing too surprising in the top 14 or so. Now, the bottom half of the Top 25 all lost. That bodes well for Louisville and Rutgers, which both will likely stay ranked because of it.

As for my ballot, rough going 16-25. It’s about time we elevated the MAC undefeateds in Northern Illinois and Kent State. I also have Boise up there by virtue of not losing (because they didn’t play). It will sort out next week. Is the MAC championship game for a BCS berth? Possibly. We’ll see what the rankings are when they come out later today.

I just can’t put Ohio State in the conversation without a bowl game. I am counting their probation as a loss instead of a win or no contest. So, I look at the Buckeyes as 12-1. I can’t put them in contention then because of that.  That’s simple.

1. Notre Dame
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. Georgia
5. Florida
6. Stanford
7. Kansas State
8. Ohio State
9. LSU
10. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
12. Oklahoma
13. Florida State
14. Nebraska
15. Clemson
16. Kent State
17. Northern Illinois
18. Boise State
19. Oregon State
20. UCLA
21. Texas
22. Louisville
23. Rutgers
24. Utah State
25. Northwestern