Mississippi State cracked both major polls with its 35-14 victory over the Aggies. The Bulldogs are 21st by AP and 22nd by the coaches. They had been 28th in both last week.
A&M was just outside the AP Top 25 last week, getting 74 points. The Aggies didn’t get a single vote this week. A&M, which had been 24th by the coaches with 121 points, earned four points this week. That means it received four 25th-place votes or a 21st-place vote or some variation in-between.
I said I’d have voted A&M in the poll had it won. I can’t see how you could say the 5-3 Aggies are a Top 25 team. Its best victory is over South Carolina, also unranked.
I wish the coaches would make their ballots public. How much grief could they catch over their ballot?
By the way, here are voting coaches who might have included A&M: Kansas’ David Beaty, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Alabama’s Nick Saban, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops.
Alabama wasn’t a unanimous pick this week by the media. Georgia got a pair of first-place votes from Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman and John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
I think Georgia is good, but beating a Florida team that’s down about 20 scholarship players and about to fire it’s coach didn’t do much for me.
Georgia, though, might earn a few more first-place votes if it keeps winning. The Bulldogs play at Auburn on Nov. 11th and at Georgia Tech two weeks later.
My ballot ended up being pretty bland this week. I included Arizona and Mississippi State, as did most, and I moved Iowa State way up after beating TCU.
SLOCUM’S TOP 16
Here’s how retired Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum voted in this week’s Football Writers Association of American and National Football Foundation’s Top 16 poll.
3, Ohio State
9, Oklahoma State
10, Notre Dame
12, Iowa State
13, Virginia Tech
16, Washington State
CESSNA’S TOP 25
3, Ohio State
7, Penn State
8. Notre Dame
10, Oklahoma State
12, Virginia Tech
14, Iowa State
15, Central Florida
18, Southern Cal
20, N.C. State
22, Washington State
24, Mississippi State
25, South Florida