This week's ballot for the Athlon Sports mock playoff poll:
1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State
4. Ole Miss
7. Notre Dame
8. Kansas State
*Per usual, this is an exercise in hair-splitting. Since I do my damnedest to respect head-to-head results, you should see that reflected here (read: Oregon).
*If there's one team that I probably have too high here, it's Alabama. The Crimson Tide have a few dominant wins against in-conference also-rans, but their best achievement to date may be beating West Virginia on a neutral field. That's pretty meh.
*Rich Rodriguez, I'll assume the check is in the mail.
If you compare my ballot to this week's rankings, you'll notice that Arizona made the cut strictly based on my vote for the Wildcats. I just don't understand the lack or respect for a team that handled Oregon at Autzen Field and has only lost one game.
*I don't think we'll see Ole Miss in the rankings next week.