AP Top 25 College Football Rankings [Picking On The Pollsters]

My weekly college football feature where I breakdown each of the Associated Press Top 25 ballots. The mission is to hold these “experts” accountable, in hopes of improving the AP Poll in some small way by calling out all those writers who show far too much homerism to the team they cover, pointing out those we don’t think watched a single game, and those ballots that simply don’t make any sense. Oh, and occasionally I might even give someone a pat on the back when credit is due.

This week’s AP Top 25 poll is out and four new teams enter the rankings: North Carolina at 22, Michigan State 23, Pittsburgh 24 and Ball State 25. The top of the rankings remain relatively the same with all the big undefeated teams staying in similar positions. That will all change after this weekend with some huge head-to-head matchups, none bigger than #5 Texas vs #1 Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl.

I don’t have to many problems with most pollsters top rankings, except for a few assorted writers continuing to believe in Texas Tech. Since they impressed with an explosive road win against Kansas State, I’ll lay off the criticism just for this week, but maintain they’re the most overrated team in football.

For what it’s worth I still believe that Southern California is the best team in the country. I wouldn’t rank them at No. 1, of course, it’s not deserved after losing to Oregon State. But should the Trojans win out, I’d hope to see Pete Carroll get an opportunity to play against the Big 12 or SEC’s best.

Here’s this week’s nit-picking at the week 7 ballots…

Worst Ballot: Chris Fowler (ESPN)

Chris is one of my favorite guys in all of sports, but he’s on notice this week for turning in his ballot before he went to bed on Saturday night. Fowler failed to realize Fresno State lost to Hawaii at home. That’s the only way to explain his keeping the Bulldogs ranked 21st.

Naturally, we have to discuss Jon Wilner (San Jose Mercury News). King of the “what have you done for me Saturday” balloting, Wilner bumped Vanderbilt up to 6th. Hey, that had a big win. That’s cool. But I have a hard time believe they are that much better than BYU and Florida, who he has ranked 18th and 19th, respectively.

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