Mandy Mitchell

Mandy's AP Ballot: UNC up, Baylor Out

Posted November 6, 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!

My ballot for week is 11 is below. This was one of the easier weeks in a while and I didn't have a lot of movement in the top 10. Texas A&M lost, so they fell out and that was it.

Here are a few notes so you can see what I was thinking with some of my votes.

  • Easiest call for me this week? Taking Baylor out. I wasn't sold on the Bears from the start and two straight losses made it easy for me to boot them from the rankings.
  • I have UNC ranked at 13 and they fell at 15 this week in the overall poll. I, obviously, watch the Tar Heels much more closely than most voters. I think they are playing some of the best football in the country right now. They should not have lost to Georgia. If they didn't do that, we may be talking playoff with this team. Much like last year, they blew it on game one against a bad SEC team.
  • I wasn't super sure what to do with Nebraska this week. My first draft had them in, and then I looked at other teams that were deserving (Southern Cal) and dropped Nebraska. It's hard to keep a team that lost 62-3 in the rankings.
  • I may have to move Western Michigan up this week. The poll has them at 14 and I have them at 22. It's really hard to be impressed with a team playing a MAC schedule, but they are 9-0. It's tricky when you start comparing a team like that to a Penn State or FSU or LSU. Who would win head to head? Hard to pick Western Michigan there.

1 Alabama (1)
2 Clemson (3)
3 Michigan (2)
4 Washington (4)
5 Louisville (5)
6 Ohio State (6)
7 Wisconsin (7)
8 Oklahoma (9)
9 Auburn (8)
10 West Virginia (11)
11 Texas A&M (10)
12 Virginia Tech (18)
13 North Carolina (15)
14 Utah (13)
15 Colorado (16)
16 Penn State (12)
17 Oklahoma State (17)
18 LSU (19)
19 Florida State (20)
20 Washington State (23)
21 Florida (21)
22 Western Michigan (14)
23 USC (nr)
24 Troy (nr)
25 Boise State (24)

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