I didn’t include Texas A&M in my Top 25 ballot. A&M just doesn’t have a Top 25 resume. The best victory is South Carolina, which is tied for 33rd in this week’s AP poll. South Carolina owns an impressive season-opening victory over N.C. State, but that is when it had talented wide receiver Deebo Samuel and an offensive line.  S.C.’s other victories are Missouri, Louisiana Tech (barely), Arkansas and Tennessee, all average teams at best. A&M’s victory over Arkansas seemed big at the time, but the Razorbacks probably aren’t going to be bowl-eligible. A&M played well against top-ranked Alabama, but also lost a game it should have won against UCLA, also a team that’s average.

A&M earns points for winning at Florida, but that’s also an average team that has a depleted roster.

I get it, there are a lot average teams. A&M has proven to be better than a few of them which in turn have been better than others. A&M might be a Top 25 team, heck it might be a Top 15 teams. Time will tell.

I guess I probably know A&M too well to put them in the Top 25.

That being said, in all fairness, I think Stanford, West Virginia, Memphis, Auburn and Virginia - at least right now - are slightly better than A&M. Those are the bottom teams in my ballot.

Bottom line, A&M will continue to climb in all polls if it keeps winning. It still goes back to A&M would be a Top 15 team right now had it beaten UCLA.

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A&M did get votes from 24 of the 61 AP voters. The highest was a No. 21 vote from CBS Sports Network’s Adam Zucker. The Aggies did get a No. 23 vote from The Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton and a No. 24 vote from the Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls.

A couple voters who watched the Aggies and have them in their ballots are the Arkansas’ Democrat’s Tom Murphy (No. 23) and the Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley (No. 24).

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.

1, Alabama

2, Penn State

3, Georgia

4, Ohio State

5, TCU

6, Wisconsin

7 ,Clemson

8, Oklahoma

9, Michigan State

10, Washington

11, Oklahoma State

12, Michigan

13, Washington State

14, Miami

15, Southern Cal

16, LSU

CESSNA’S TOP 25

1, Alabama

2, Penn State

3, Georgia

4, TCU

5, Wisconsin

6, Miami

7, Clemson

8, Ohio State                                        

9, Oklahoma

10, Oklahoma State

11, Virginia Tech

12, N.C. State

13, Michigan State

14, Michigan

15. Notre Dame

16, Washington State

17, Washington

18, USC

19, South Florida

20, Central Florida

21, Stanford

22, West Virginia

23, Memphis

24,  Auburn

25, Virginia 

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