It's a bit late in the week, but here's a look at the ballot I submitted this past week for the Associated Press Top 25 poll in college football:

1. Alabama (3-0) - Nice come-from-behind win against Ole Miss last week. Tide is the only team in the country with two top-25 wins at this point.

2. Clemson (3-0) - After sputtering through the first two weeks, the Tigers got their offense rolling in an easy win against South Carolina State.

3. Ohio State (3-0) - Buckeyes rolled through a good Oklahoma team on the road, giving them one of the season's most impressive wins.

4. Louisville (3-0) - I was a bit skeptical after the first two weeks, and had the Cardinals at No. 22 a week ago. I wanted to see them beat someone good. Well, they crushed somebody great, 63-20 against Florida State. I'm a believer now.

5. Michigan (3-0) - Colorado gave the Wolverines a scare last week, but the Wolverines defense and special teams are legit, and Jabrill Peppers is the best defensive player in the country.

6. Stanford (2-0) - Impressive 27-10 win against USC last week. Stanford is just humming along, but the next two weeks (at UCLA, at Washington) will tell us if this is a title contender.

7. Houston (3-0) - Cincinnati had the Cougars on the ropes in the fourth quarter, but they turned it on late.

8. Michigan State (2-0) - Great win for the Spartans in South Bend, as they took care of Notre Dame, 36-28.



Washington (3-0) - Huskies still haven't played anyone, but they are dominating the competition on front of them.

10. Tennessee (3-0) - Uninspiring 28-19 home win against Ohio, but I still think this is a team with top-10 talent. Next four weeks (Florida, at Georgia, at Texas A&M, Alabama) will make or break the Vols' season.

11. Baylor (3-0) - Like Washington, the Bears have dominated an easy schedule. A home date with Oklahoma State this week will be a better test.

12. Miami (3-0) - Hurricanes have been impressive so far in Mark Richt's first season.

13. Florida State (2-1) - I believe the Seminoles are better than what they showed against Louisville, but a 43-point loss (which wasn't that close) was stunning.

14. Texas A&M (3-0) - Aggies have had a surprising and impressive start to the season. They've now got solid wins against UCLA and Auburn.

15. Mississippi (1-2) - My first two-loss team on the board. Rebels have had big leads that turned into close losses against Florida State (No. 4 at the time) and top-ranked Alabama.

16. Oklahoma (1-2) - I really thought the Sooners would be a playoff contender, and really thought they'd be 3-0 at this point. They got hammered by Ohio State last week and didn't look good against Houston in the opener.

17. Wisconsin (3-0) - The Badgers sleep-walked through a 23-17 win against Georgia State last week.

18. LSU (2-1) - Solid, but not spectacular, 23-20 win against Mississippi State last week. Tigers have won two in a row.

19. San Diego State (3-0) - Aztecs continue to get the job done, as they should against a schedule that isn't very difficult.

20. Arkansas (3-0) - Great start to the season for the Razorbacks, who now have a chance to really prove something this week against A&M.

21. Georgia (3-0) - Not really sure what voters are seeing in this team that puts them at No. 12 in the AP poll. I loved their opening win against North Carolina, but the past two weeks they've defeated FCS Nicholls State and Missouri by a combined three points.

22. Texas (2-1) - Disappointing week for the Longhorns in losing to Cal 50-43. After the opening week win against Notre Dame, they had a chance to take some serious momentum into Big 12 play.

23. Notre Dame (1-2) - The Irish did not look good for most of their game against Michigan State, but I still think this is a team that can win a lot of games and make noise.

24. TCU (2-1) - Nice bounce-back win for the Horned Frogs, as they rolled past Iowa State 41-20.

25. Nebraska (3-0) - Last week, I said the winner of the Oregon-Nebraska game would likely get into my Top 25, and here they are. Cornhuskers off to a great start.

Dropped out

Iowa (2-1) - I had the Hawkeyes at No. 21 last week. While North Dakota State is the five-time defending FCS champ and routinely beats FBS teams, that's a game Iowa needs to win.

Knocking on the door

The three teams I have next in line for a Top 25 spot

UCLA (2-1) - The Bruins got the job done against BYU and now get a chance to make some noise against Stanford this week.

Oregon (2-1) - The Ducks came oh-so-close to getting in, but couldn't finish the job at Nebraska.

North Carolina (2-1) - Tar Heels have rebounded nicely from the loss to Georgia in the opener.

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