I'm an LSU graduate and have been a sports columnist in a number of SEC areas _ Baton Rouge, Jackson, Ms., Jacksonville, Fla. and now Knoxville. So I appreciate the fervor for SEC football. But as a 10-year voter in the AP poll, I don't favorites. I moved LSU ahead of Southern Cal this week based on LSU's impressive victory over Arkansas. LSU has played a slightly tougher schedule. Its best victory is against Georgia; USC's best victory is against Washington State. That's a slight edge to LSU. I go right down the two schedules like that in determining which team should be second and which one third. If LSU beats Georgia again in the SEC game, it certainly should be ranked No. 2 in the polls, but I doubt it will be. Some voters are too reluctant to change their thinking from one week to the next. I'm just the opposite. I reshuffle the cards every week and pick my top 25. John -----Original Message This is what John Adams of Knoxville sent me back. Keep campaigning!!!