College Football Rankings for Week 12: Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Poll Ballot vs. Action Network’s Betting Power Ratings
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Georgia and Alabama remain atop my Associated Press Top 25 ballot, but I moved Oregon and Ohio State ahead of Cincinnati.
The Bearcats are one of only three unbeaten teams, along with Georgia and UTSA. However, Cincinnati (10-0) has only two wins against teams with a winning record, and five of its victories are against teams with three wins or fewer.
Rounding out my Top 10 is Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Ole Miss.
Four teams are new to my ballot this week — Utah, Pitt, San Diego State and Louisiana.
Here’s my updated AP Poll ballot compared with Collin Wilson’s current power ratings entering Week 12 of the college football season.
Brett McMurphy’s AP Top 25 Ballot Entering Week 12
AP denotes Brett McMurphy’s Associated Press Top 25 ballot.
PR denotes Collin Wilson’s College Football Betting Power Ratings.
Collin and I agree on Georgia and Alabama at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Collin has Ohio State at No. 3, while I have the Buckeyes at No. 4 behind Oregon because of the Ducks’ victory in Columbus, Ohio.
Collin has Michigan rated at No. 4, while I have the Wolverines back at No. 9 — behind Michigan State, which beat UM earlier this month.
While I dropped Cincinnati one spot to No. 5, Collin’s ratings are less impressed with UC, putting the Bearcats back at No. 16.
The other major difference among my Top 10 teams is Michigan State. I ranked the Spartans No. 7, but Collin rates MSU at No. 19.
While my top 10 teams were somewhat similar to Collin’s power ratings, the teams I ranked from Nos. 11-20 are nowhere in the ballpark to Collin’s ratings.
The biggest differences in my rankings were No. 14 BYU (Collin ranked the Cougars No. 47), No. 17 Houston (Collin ranked the Cougars No. 41) and No. 18 UTSA (Collin ranked the Roadrunners No. 61).
Collin also had three teams among his top 10 — Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Oklahoma — that I ranked between 13 and 20.
San Diego State
The final five teams on my Top 25 ballot include four teams I didn’t rank last week: No. 22 Utah, No. 23 Pitt, No. 24 San Diego State and No. 25 Louisiana.
The biggest discrepancy between my ballot and Collin’s ratings are San Diego State (Collin’s No. 67) and Louisiana (Collin’s No. 58).
Collin also has seven teams in his top 25 power ratings that I did not rank on my Top 25 ballot: No. 13 Iowa State, No. 15 Auburn, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 18 Penn State, No. 22 NC State, No. 24 North Carolina and No. 25 Mississippi State.