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Keith Pompey's AP Top 25 ballot for Nov. 11

Remember when folks questioned if Texas A&M was good enough to make a statement in the Southeastern Conference?

Keith Pompey's AP Top 25 ballot for Nov. 11

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is joined by wide receiver Kenric McNeal (5) and defensive back Dustin Harris (22) as they celebrate after the Aggies defeated top-ranked Alabama. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is joined by wide receiver Kenric McNeal (5) and defensive back Dustin Harris (22) as they celebrate after the Aggies defeated top-ranked Alabama. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Remember when folks questioned if Texas A&M was good enough to make a statement in the Southeastern Conference?

Well, the Aggies answered with a 29-24 victory over defending BCS champion Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

With the loss, the Crimson Tide (9-1) dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 on my AP Top 25 ballot. Texas A&M (8-2) moved up three spots to No. 9.

As good as that win was, I couldn’t justify ranking a two-loss Texas A&M team ahead of Georgia, Ohio State, Florida and LSU. The Tigers defeated the Aggies, 24-19, on Oct. 20  in College Station, Tx. That’s why Texas A&M only moved up three spots.

Here's the AP Top 25 ballot I submitted before the 11 am deadline. Take a good look at it.

Tell me what you think. I want your comments and criticisms. When you are done, view the AP Top 25 poll that was released this afternoon.

  1. Oregon
  2. Kansas State
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Alabama
  5. Georgia
  6. Ohio State
  7. Florida
  8. LSU
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Florida State
  11. Clemson
  12. South Carolina
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Stanford
  15. Nebraska
  16. Oregon State
  17. Texas
  18. UCLA
  19. Louisiana Tech
  20. Rutgers
  21. USC
  22. Michigan
  23. Louisville
  24. Kent State
  25. Cincinnati

Click here  to view the AP Top 25 poll.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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