In my heart of hearts, I know Oklahoma and Florida and Texas are better than Alabama. But the Crimston Tide have run the table thus far, won at Georgia and LSU, and may be better than I (and many others) realize.
I kicked around putting Florida second ahead of Oklahoma given the way the Gators have mauled their last several foes, including Georgia.
Am I a homer to have Iowa 20th with four losses and Michigan State 22nd with three defeats, when MSU beat Iowa? I wrestled with it, but the Spartans got buried at Penn State Saturday, and no one buried Iowa this season.
But I think the Hawkeyes would beat Boise State, Ball State, and one if not both of the Oregon brothers, but ranked all four ahead of Iowa. The first two are undefeated and need no explanation. I think the Pac-10 is underrated this season, and think the Oregon twins are better than people realize. Oregon State is way better than it was in September when it got smacked down at Penn State.
Look, the SEC champ will meet the Big 12 champ in the title game, so the rest of this is just window dressing, anyhow.
7. Texas Tech
8. Penn State
9. Ohio State
11. Boise State
12. Oklahoma State
15. Ball State
17. Oregon State
21. Georgia Tech
23. Michigan State
24. Western Michigan