My Week 1 AP ballot: LSU is No. 1by Anthony Gimino on Sep. 06, 2011, under Sports
I thought it was an easy call to elevate LSU to No. 1 on this week’s AP ballot.
The Tigers, with their 40-27 victory over Oregon, have the best victory of this week-old season — and certainly the best victory among the nation’s perceived elite teams.
Only 16 of the other 59 AP voters agreed with me; Oklahoma is still No. 1, receiving 32 first-place votes.
I consider my ballot to be “fluid” from week to week. Teams don’t get landlocked into a certain place, unable to jump another team that keeps on winning.
That’s why I moved LSU up from No. 4, and Boise State from No. 5 to No. 2 after beating Georgia.
As soon as Oklahoma and Alabama, for example, start posting bigger victories — and that could happen soon enough — then I’ll re-evaluate the entire body of work.
I went back and forth between putting Arizona State in the Top 25, but a win over lower-division UC-Davis didn’t provide enough evidence to jump the Devils into my rankings. A win over Missouri this Friday would do just that, in a significant way.
Here are my first week rankings:
2. Boise State
5. Florida State
6. Oklahoma State
9. Texas A&M
11. Virginia Tech
13. South Carolina
15. South Florida
17. West Virginia
18. Ohio State
19. Michigan State
21. Mississippi State