Kevin C. Cox
The conference still dominates the upper half of the poll but is without No. 1 for the first time in a while
Not to interrupt the lovely conversation over your humble correspondent's BlogPoll ballot, but we have the final results from the mothership now. And Georgia is more highly regarded by the hivemind than by this one portion of it.
The big takeaway is that being a little top-heavy works just find for the SEC; five of the Top 10 teams and six of the Top 12 are from the SEC, even if no one else is even on the board. (Mississippi State does get a few scattered votes, apparently.) Oh, and look there, it's Kent State at No. 23. KENTUCKY HAS DEFEATED A TOP 25 TEAM THIS YEAR IN A SIGNATURE WIN. #savejoker
Alabama slips just three spots for its loss to Texas A&M, which doesn't seem at all unfair given that (a) it was a close loss; and (b) Texas A&M is a pretty good team. The Tide hold onto two first-place votes, which I understand even if I don't agree. TAMU moves up five and LSU ticks up one place, but everyone else stays put where they were last week. Bama was the only real CHAOS in the SEC last weekend, but it was more than enough for all concerned, I'm sure.
The voters continue to get it wrong on Oregon vs. Kansas State, but that will clear up either as Oregon gets into the better part of its schedule or as one of them loses. Florida State at No. 7 still makes absolutely no sense to me, but I guess that Wake win must have really put them on the map. I can't fault too much after No. 20; I don't necessarily agree with all the teams that are there, but after going through the process you realize that there aren't too many quality teams to round out the Top 25.