SEC Media Days Football

Alabama coach Nick Saban speaks at the annual SEC media day prior to the start of a season which has seen the Tide hold onto No. 1 since it kicked off.


My ballot for the Associated Press college football poll is written in pencil.

That's probably a good thing because this week's ballot is full of changes. Only one team, idle and top-ranked Alabama, is in the same spot that it was in on last week's ballot.

The Crimson Tide, 8-0 and facing LSU next weekend, were able to watch plenty of movement as eight teams on my AP ballot from last week suffered weekend losses.

That included Penn State and TCU in the top four, leading to a shake up which started at the top.

Unbeaten Georgia, which dominated Florida 42-7 in the annual "world's largest cocktail party'' in Jacksonville, moves into the number two spot.

I have Big Ten teams filling the next three spots on my ballot, starting with the Ohio State team which visits Kinnick Stadium at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday for its first test since rallying for a 39-38 win over Penn State.

I bumped the Buckeyes in front of Wisconsin, which I have in fourth, following a bit of a lackluster performance by the Badgers at Illinois on Saturday and I dropped Penn State from second to fifth following its first loss of the season.

TCU, which fell 14-7 at Iowa State, took a little larger hit. I moved the Horned Frogs from fourth to 12th this week.

Unbeaten Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Washington and Oklahoma round my top 10 this time around.

Iowa State made the largest move on my ballot this week, rising from 25th to 14th.

I contemplated flipping ISU and TCU, but settled on where I voted them for this week. The Cyclones will get a chance to continue their climb next weekend at West Virginia while the Horned Frogs host Texas and visit Oklahoma the next two weeks.

Six of the teams on my ballot from a week ago that lost were rated 14th or lower, something that illustrates the parity that exists within that tier of the game.

From tough losses -- Michigan State in three overtimes at Northwestern -- to ugly ones -- Washington State and Texas A&M by 21 points apiece -- they all impacted the bottom half of my ballot.

South Florida, West Virginia and Texas A&M didn't make this week's cut, allowing Mississippi State, Arizona and LSU to make their way onto this list ... for now.

Others just on the outside looking in, in addition to the teams which dropped out this week, include Boise State, San Diego State and a 7-1 Toledo team which faces a two-loss Northern Illinois team on Thursday in a battle between two teams unbeaten in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The Rockets' lone loss is to Miami (Fla.) while the Huskies have been beaten only by Boston College and San Diego State.

Here is my ballot for this week's AP poll, which will be released later this afternoon:

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Ohio State

4. Wisconsin

5. Penn State

6. Miami (Fla.)

7. Oklahoma State

8. Notre Dame

9. Washington

10. Oklahoma

11. Clemson

12. TCU

13. Virginia Tech

14. Iowa State

15. UCF

16. Auburn

17. USC

18. Memphis

19. Stanford

20. Mississippi State

21. Arizona

22. Michigan State

23. North Carolina State

24. LSU

25. Washington State