Editors note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
Lets compare teams without using names.
Team A (10-0): Five wins over teams with winning records, four true road wins, one win over a top-20 team (in my poll) and one win over the last-place team from a major conference.
Team B (10-0): Five wins over teams with winning records, four true road wins, one win over a top-20 team (in my poll) and one win over the last-place team from a major conference.
Team C (10-0): Five wins over teams with winning records, three true road wins, two wins over top-20 teams (in my poll) and one win over the last-place team from a major conference.
Team C has one more win over a top-20 team and one less true road win, but theres not a whole lot of difference between the three teams, is there?
Voting should be about results, but when the data is inconclusive, opinion enters the equation. When you add the eye test, Team A (Oregon) trumps Team B (Kansas State) and Team C (Notre Dame).
This weeks voting dilemma was created by previous No. 1 Alabamas home loss to Texas A&M. The Tide (9-1) is not done yet, as coach Nick Saban correctly pointed out after the 29-24 loss to the Aggies. LSU in 2003, coached by Saban, Florida in 06 and 08 and Alabama in 11, coached by Saban, were one-loss SEC teams who won the BCS title. Two of the three unbeatens would have to lose before Dec. 2 to let Alabama or SEC East champion Georgia back into the BCS equation, but as we learned (again) on Saturday, anything can happen.
|1. Oregon||3||14. Oklahoma||15|
|2. Kansas State||2||15. Oregon State||12|
|3. Notre Dame||4||16. UCLA||17|
|4. Alabama||1||17. So. California||18|
|5. Georgia||5||18. La. Tech||19|
|6. Florida||6||19. Texas||20|
|7. Florida State||7||20. Nebraska||21|
|8. Clemson||8||21. Louisville||13|
|9. LSU||9||22. Rutgers||NR|
|10. Texas A&M||14||23. Boise State||24|
|11. Ohio State||10||24. Michigan||NR|
|12. South Carolina||11||25. Wisconsin||NR|
Out: Toledo (22), Mississippi State (23), Northwestern (25)