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Ballot Type: human

Overall Rationale:
There's been a lot of controversy on the rankings of teams that haven't played yet. I decided I will rank those teams. I usually rank on a combination of my personal opinion and resume but due to the low amount of out of conference play this season, I can't factor in resume. I can only go off how good I think the teams are. So for this, I decided I would try a tier system. If I like it enough, I may continue using it in future seasons. As for the teams that haven't played yet. They will be in the tiers of how good I think they are but as a compromise, teams that haven't played yet will be at the bottom of their specific tier. This was one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, ballots I've ever submitted. There were a lot of teams I didn't know what I should do with. We might be in for a chaotic season in terms of rankings. Also, Pac-12 teams were not available to be put in the poll despite the conference now playing in the Fall.

Rank Team Reason
1 Clemson Tigers S Tier
2 Alabama Crimson Tide S Tier
3 Ohio State Buckeyes S Tier (I still stand by OSU being my preseason #1 team but due to my compromise, they must be the lowest ranked S tier team until they play.)
4 Florida Gators A Tier
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish A Tier
6 Georgia Bulldogs A Tier
7 Penn State Nittany Lions A Tier
8 Auburn Tigers B Tier
9 Miami Hurricanes B Tier
10 Wisconsin Badgers B Tier
11 Mississippi State Bulldogs C Tier
12 Cincinnati Bearcats C Tier
13 UCF Knights C Tier
14 BYU Cougars C Tier
15 Oklahoma State Cowboys C Tier
16 Pittsburgh Panthers C Tier
17 Texas Longhorns C Tier
18 Minnesota Golden Gophers C Tier
19 Michigan Wolverines C Tier
20 Texas A&M Aggies D Tier
21 LSU Tigers D Tier
22 Oklahoma Sooners D Tier (Honestly wanted to put Kansas State in front of them but struggled then with the idea that Arkansas State should then be ahead of KSU. So for at least this week, I will wait to put KSU in front of them.)
23 North Carolina Tar Heels D Tier
24 Virginia Tech Hokies D Tier
25 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns D Tier

Submitted: Tue 29 Sep 2020 14:48