Once again, SBNation's BlogPoll Top 25 will be released Tuesday morning, but here's a sneak peak at how I voted:
Onto my explanations...
No. 1 LSU Tigers: I took a little criticism for keeping the Tigers at No. 1 last week after Oklahoma's big win over Florida State, but now you see why. I say this every week, but I don't just rank teams based on the results. I actually make an effort to watch the talent on the field and LSU clearly is the most talented team in the country right now.
No. 8 Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are proving me wrong, but I'm not ready to overreact and put them in the top five like the AP voters did. Winning at Texas A&M is tough and it was an impressive win, but I'm not convinced the Cowboys are better than any of the seven teams I have ranked ahead of them.
No. 14 Clemson Tigers: After a great win at Florida State, the Tigers are officially this year's surprise team so far.
No. 24 West Virginia: The Mountaineers were exposed at home against LSU, but we have to keep in mind how good the Tigers are. West Virginia is still a top 25 team.
No. 22 Illinois Fighting Illini: The Illini showed some vulnerabilities against Western Michigan, which is why they aren't moving up on my ballot, but I'm also not going to move them down because I called that game out as a trap game. Saturday's contest against Northwestern might tell us how scary the Illini really are.
For the record, I have Michigan State just off my ballot at No. 26.