Highlights from the ballot …
— The top four were reconfigured, with Georgia dropping from the top spot and Alabama and Clemson ascending. The reason: a disparity in quality wins.
Alabama: Texas (road), Arkansas (road)
Clemson: Wake Forest (road), N.C. State (home)
Georgia: Oregon (neutral)
We also have Ohio State in the mix, one spot ahead of the Bulldogs.
OSU has posted more impressive results against mediocre opponents (Rutgers and Wisconsin) than have the Bulldogs, who struggled against Missouri and were less than dominant against Kent State.
Georgia looks bored.
— Oklahoma State climbed three spots, to No. 6, after defeating Baylor, while Mississippi jumped four, to No. 7, after beating Kentucky.
— Wake Forest entered my top 10 for the first time since who-knows-when after the victory over Florida State. The Demon Deacons’ only loss came in overtime against Clemson.
— New to the ballot: UCLA, LSU and Mississippi State
— Removed from the ballot: Texas A&M, Washington and Arkansas
(Note: The AP requested ballots be submitted at the usual time. The result of the Florida-Eastern Washington game, which was moved to Sunday morning because of Hurricane Ian, is not included.)
3. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma State
10. Wake Forest
13. Washington State
15. Brigham Young
19. Florida State
22. Mississippi State
23. N.C. State
24. Penn State
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