I'm voting in The Student Section Top 25 again this year. In the interest of transparency, I'll publish my ballot here every week.
A note about my methodology: I try to reward achievement. I favor teams that beat quality opponents. Going on the road is a big plus. How you win matters, too.
In other words, I try to take the eye test out of the equation – except when it comes to judging the strength of opponents.
So here goes...
Blatant Homerism Top 25: Week 3
1. Ole Miss
3. Notre Dame
5. Michigan State
6. Texas A&M
8. Ohio State
12. Texas Tech
16. Florida State
22. Kansas State
25. Oklahoma State
Just missed the cut:
*By way of comparison, my top 10 based on pure team strength:
1. Ohio State
(tie) Ole Miss
6. Notre Dame
8. Texas A&M
(tie) Michigan State
*Ole Miss makes for a clear-cut No. 1 by virtue of the Rebels' win at Alabama.
*Flip flop LSU and ND if you'd like. The Tigers' two wins rate a little better to me than the three the Fighting Irish have racked up, but the difference is negligible.
*I may have Memphis a little too low. Beating the brakes off Kansas doesn't count for much. A win at Bowling Green does. Keep an eye on Oct. 17, when Ole Miss travels visits the Tigers.
*Iowa? Yes, Iowa. The Hawkeyes have two wins over Power 5 foes. At this point in the season, that's nothing to sneeze at.
*If Tennessee wins at Florida this weekend, OU benefits by extension. Right now, I'm having a hard time figuring out if the Vols are back.
*Keep in mind that this approach produces highly fluid results. The only rankings worth worrying about are the last ones.