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Ballot Type: hybrid

Overall Rationale:
Performance/team quality ranking, based primarily on ESPN's FPI and Football Outsiders' S&P+ rankings. Not intended to be a resume ranking. Teams moved up and down from their spots in the computer rankings based on eye test, coaching, QB play, and other subjective factors.

Rank Team Reason
1 Alabama Crimson Tide
2 Clemson Tigers
3 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia remains at 3 after exceeding expectations against Alabama. They are capable of beating any team in the country on a neutral field.
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
5 Ohio State Buckeyes
6 Oklahoma Sooners
7 Michigan Wolverines
8 UCF Knights Normally I drop teams after major long-term injuries, and this #8 ranking more closely reflects where I think UCF is with Milton rather than without, but the Knights have proven to be resilient to change before, so I am keeping them here for now.
9 Penn State Nittany Lions
10 West Virginia Mountaineers
11 Washington Huskies
12 Mississippi State Bulldogs
13 Fresno State Bulldogs Fresno jumps Boise due to beating them on the road. If it were in Fresno, I may not have swapped the teams for a 3-point OT win.
14 Boise State Broncos
15 Texas A&M Aggies
16 Florida Gators
17 Utah Utes Embarrassingly, I omitted Utah last week. Their prior ranking was at #13 two weeks ago. Although I had Washington higher ranked and Utah played them tight, I am dropping them for the lack of ability to move the ball against good defenses. Utah's own defense is legit, though.
18 LSU Tigers
19 Washington State Cougars
20 Missouri Tigers
21 Auburn Tigers
22 Texas Longhorns Texas jumps a few spots after a respectable performance against Oklahoma.
23 Utah State Aggies
24 Iowa Hawkeyes
25 Stanford Cardinal Honorable Mention: Appalachian State. With Utah's inclusion after being accidentally dropped, App State tumbles out of the rankings. They could have jumped Stanford with a better performance against Louisiana.

Submitted: Tue 04 Dec 2018 01:57