*Alabama's victory over LSU last weekend constitutes the best single win of the year for any team. I don't view the Crimson Tide's overall schedule as being superior to No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Kansas State, but it's strong enough. When you factor in the Tide's level of dominance over every team not hailing from Baton Rouge, it says enough to me about their body of work to elevate 'Bama to king of the hill.
*Oregon looks great and may have the best chance of any team out there to beat 'Bama in the national title game. That schedule just doesn't do much for me.
*I make it a point to respect head-to-head results as best as possible. Specifically, if two teams have similar records and have played each other, I have a general rule that I will vote for the winner. Thus, Georgia has to be in front of Florida, depsite the Bulldogs' clearly inferior level of competition. Same goes for Kent State and Rutgers.
*Even if Ohio State was bowl-eligible, I just don't think the Buckeyes' strength of schedule (Sagarin: 55) really holds up to the leading challengers. That team could be preseason No. 1 in 2013, though.
*While there's no shame in losing to the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the country, I had to push Oklahoma below LSU and South Carolina, chiefly because both of the Sooners' losses came at home. If OU keeps winning, the Sooners will end up with a top 10-caliber resumé.