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.


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.

1, Alabama

2, Georgia

3, Ohio State

4, Wisconsin

5 ,Clemson

6, Oklahoma

7, Washington

8, TCU

9, Oklahoma State

10, Notre Dame

11, Miami

12, Iowa State

13, Virginia Tech

14, LSU

15, Stanford

16, Washington State


1, Alabama

2, Georgia

3, Ohio State                                        

4, Clemson

5, Wisconsin

6, Miami

7, Penn State

8. Notre Dame

9, Oklahoma

10, Oklahoma State

11, TCU

12, Virginia Tech

13, Washington

14, Iowa State

15, Central Florida

16, Auburn

17, Stanford

18, Southern Cal

19, LSU

20, N.C. State

21, Arizona

22, Washington State

23, Memphis

24, Mississippi State

25, South Florida

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