I give in. NDSU has made its case and I agree with it.
No. 1 in the Sagarin power ratings. Beating three ranked teams in its conference. Winning at Georgia Southern when GSU was ranked and still had the appearance of having some moxy. The only loss a one-point heartbreaker to a bowl-bound I-A team (Minnesota). Beating a I-A team (Ball State) on the road that gave Michigan everything it wanted and just beat perennial MAC power Toledo on the road. Going 6-1 in a stretch where six of seven were on the road. A defense that for most of the season led the country in least rushing yards allowed. Winning at Stephen F. Austin, a team that went 4-2 in the Southland (albeit weak this year) and came close to winning that league’s auto bid.
Here is my ballot for this week’s poll: