Here's the ballot I submitted to the Associated Press this week for the Top 25 college football rankings.

1. Alabama (5-0) - Another easy win for 'Bama, but the road gets tougher the next three weeks - at Arkansas and Tennessee, home vs. Texas A&M.

2. Clemson (5-0) - The Tigers knocked off Louisville, 42-36, in one of the most entertaining and competitive games we'll see all year among top teams.

3. Ohio State (4-0) - Buckeyes rolled past Rutgers and seem to be a team on a mission.

4. Michigan (5-0) - It wasn't pretty, but the Wolverines pulled off a solid win against a very good Wisconsin team.

5. Louisville (4-1) - I only dropped the Cardinals one spot after that loss to Clemson. Despite the loss, they proved they're playoff-worthy.

6. Houston (5-0) - Cougars were impressive in a 42-14 win against UConn, avenging a tough loss from last season.

7. Washington (5-0) - The Huskies may have had the most impressive win of the week, crushing Stanford, 44-6.

8. Tennessee (5-0) - The Vols keep falling behind by double digits every week, but they keep finding ways to win.

9. Miami (4-0) - Hurricanes got their most impressive win of the season, 35-21 against Georgia Tech.

10. Baylor (5-0) - Bears had to work for it, but escaped with a 45-42 win against Iowa State.

11. Texas A&M (5-0) - Aggies got a solid win against South Carolina and keep their perfect season alive.

12. Stanford (3-1) - The Cardinal were humbled by Washington, and it was one of the most stunning games I've watched in recent years.


I still think this is a very good team.

13. Wisconsin (4-1) - I actually moved the Badgers up one spot after the loss to Michigan. I did that for two reasons: 1) Florida State was ahead of them and lost and I didn't think anyone below the Badgers deserved to jump them; and 2) I probably had the Badgers too low going into last week anyway.

14. Mississippi (3-2) - The best two-loss team in the country rolled past Memphis.

15. Oklahoma (2-2) - Sooners haven't been great this year, but they got a very good win against TCU.

16. Nebraska (5-0) - The Huskers are quietly putting together a very good season an should be 7-0 going into Wisconsin in three weeks.

17. Boise State (4-0) - Broncos got past Utah State to remain unbeaten and should coast for a few weeks.

18. North Carolina (4-1) - Since an opening day loss to Georgia, the Tar Heels have looked very good, and they got an impressive win at Florida State, 37-35.

19. Florida State (3-2) - Seminoles were a national title contender coming into the year, but losing two of three has ended that dream. It's still a team with top-10 talent.

20. Colorado (4-1) - The Buffs in the top 20??!! You bet. The "signature" win against Oregon doesn't look as good after the Ducks lost a third straight, but nobody should diminish what that win meant for this team. They're also the only team so far to have any success against Michigan's defense.

21. TCU (3-2) - Horned Frogs had a great chance against Oklahoma, but coughed it up. They should get healthy at Kansas this week, though.

22. Arkansas (3-1) - It was easy for the Hogs last week against Alcorn State.

23. Florida (4-1) - Gators won ugly at Vanderbilt, but it was a nice rebound after a crushing loss at Tennessee.

24. Auburn (3-2) - I had a hard time picking the last couple of teams this week. Although the Tigers have two losses, they are to Clemson and Texas A&M and they've looked good in their wins.

25. UCLA (3-2) - I gave the Bruins this spot because they've played pretty well four weeks in a row. They did have a disappointing last-minute loss to Stanford, but came back to crush Arizona.

Dropped out

Michigan State (2-2) - They were routed by Wisconsin and then lost at Indiana in OT. Not a very good two weeks for the Spartans.

San Diego State (3-1) - With no Boise State on the schedule, the Aztecs had a real shot to go undefeated. A loss to South Alabama was surprising and disappointing for this program.

Texas (2-2) - We're seeing that the opening day win against Notre Dame - which was supposed to signals Texas' return - isn't as impressive. Horns have lost back-to-back games to unranked teams.

Utah (4-1) - Utes had seven chances inside the 10 to beat Cal and stay unbeaten, and couldn't score on any of those plays. 

Georgia (3-2) - Bulldogs were THIS close to knocking off Tennessee and moving up in the rankings.

Knocking on the door

The three teams I have next in line for Top 25 spots:

Georgia (3-2) - I had the Bulldogs No. 25 last week and moved them down just one spot after that Hail Mary loss to Tennessee.

Michigan State (2-2) - If the Spartans aren't careful this week against BYU, their season could go sour in a hurry. I had them No. 15 last week and still think they're Top 25 caliber when they play well.

West Virginia (4-0) - Mountaineers haven't played a difficult schedule, but have solid wins against BYU and Kansas State. They could make some noise in the Big 12.

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