The AP Top 25 was released Sunday. Here's Sam McKewon's ballot for this week.
1. Ohio State
3. Penn State
17. Notre Dame
18. Kansas State
22. Central Florida
25. Wake Forest
Teams that dropped from the poll:
USC – Now down to 5-4, though I doubt some of the AAC teams I have ranked would have a significantly better record. I don’t want to rank a bunch of AAC teams, but the total awfulness of the ACC and the interleague crossfire of the Pac-12 makes it happen.
New teams to the poll:
Wake Forest – At 7-1, it is the second ACC team in the poll. That says all you need to know about the ACC.
» After the first College Football Playoff poll is released, you’ll see a number of ballots adjust closer to the committee’s perspectives. I firmly expect LSU and Alabama to be No. 1 and No. 2 Tuesday night, but perhaps the committee will surprise us and place Ohio State at No. 2. Clemson has zero business in the top four — I mean, look at the teams it has played, for goodness sake — but, rest assured, it’ll be snugly fit in the top four, leaving Penn State at No. 5.