Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
Florida State’s 35-point first quarter against N.C. State did nothing to change my mind about the Seminoles, who went on to win 49-17. They’re still my choice for No.1, and the top four stayed the same in a relatively normal week after a chaotic one last week.
The toughest decision came for the last spot. Duke (6-2) knocked off Virginia Tech, which I had at No.18 last week. That was a great win for the Blue Devils, their first road win against a ranked team since 1971.
I dropped the Hokies (6-2) out of the top 25 but didn’t move Duke in. Instead, I opted for Mississippi (5-3) at No.25. If you compare Mississippi to Duke, the Rebels have two quality wins (at Texas, Louisiana State) compared with one for Duke.
The Blue Devils have one fewer loss, but both of their losses are at home, to unranked teams (Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh). All three of Mississippi’s losses (No.2 Alabama, No.9 Auburn, No.16 Texas A&M) are to ranked teams and two were on the road.
Oklahoma State (6-1) has an argument, and all the other voters like the Cowboys, but Oklahoma State’s only win against a team with a winning record is Mississippi State (4-3). The Cowboys will have their chance to move into the top 25 this week with a road trip to No.17 Texas Tech.
Giglio: 919-829-8939 or Twitter.com/jwgiglio
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