Mandy Mitchell

Mandy's AP Ballot: Shake it up!

Posted November 13, 2016

I have the honor of being one of North Carolina's three AP college football voters this year. Each week I will share my ballot and my thoughts about why I picked who I picked. I welcome the debate!

What a fun week of voting it was. First Clemson lost...then Washington lost and then Michigan lost. I drove home from work knowing two things. 1- Alabama is a lock for the playoff now. 2- Ohio State is the clear number two.

  • I had quite a bit of disagreement with my fellow voters this week. For one, I kept UNC and Virginia Tech in. By doing that I left two teams out that made the poll: San Diego State and Texas AM. We will address the Aggies first...two straight losses and QB now done. The Aztecs are 9-1 with one semi-impressive win against Cal. Not really feeling either team enough to keep ranked.
  • Why did I keep UNC and VT in? The Tar Heels lost to a rival on the road by a point. Dropped them but didn't boot them. Georgia Tech did beat up on VT but they are still a good team and likely headed for the ACC title game. Again--I'm not saying these are two of the best teams in the country. 19 and 18 don't seem like big stretches to me.
  • Another team I continue to rank lower than average is Western Michigan. They are undefeated. I get that. But I can't see them beating the teams in front of them. That's a lot of how I make a call of how high to move a team.
  • The top five was really quite tough this week because outside of Alabama and Ohio State, I don't have a lot of confidence in the rest. I'm not to sure how voters can have Louisville AHEAD of Clemson. They played each other...and pretty recently. Also, Louisville was in a pretty tight game with Wake Forest Saturday. It's not like they are destroying folks.

1 Alabama (1)
2 Ohio State (2)
3 Clemson (5)
4 Louisville (3)
5 West Virginia (10)
6 Michigan (4)
7 Wisconsin (6)
8 Washington (7)
9 Oklahoma (8)
10 Utah (11)
11 Colorado (12)
12 Penn State (9)
13 LSU (16)
14 USC (15)
15 Oklahoma State (13)
16 Florida (21)
17 Washington State (20)
18 Virginia Tech (NR)
19 North Carolina (NR)

20 Florida State (17)
21 Auburn (18)
22 Western Michigan (14)
23 Nebraska (19)
24 Troy (25)
25 Boise State (22)

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