1. Alabama (4-0; Last week: 1; AP: 1): Tide made a statement with a 59-0 win against Vandy.
2. Clemson (4-0; Last week: 4; AP: 2): I wasn't totally sold on the Tigers coming into the year. They just keep racking up impressive wins.
3. USC (4-0; Last week: 2; AP: 5): Only bumped the Trojans down because they struggled while Clemson rolled.
4. Oklahoma (4-0; Last week: 3; AP: 3): Struggling to beat a winless Baylor team was enough to get passed by Clemson.
5. Penn State (4-0; Last week: 5; AP: 4): Nittany Lions were one play away from a loss at Iowa, but got it done.
6. Washington (4-0; Last week: 7; AP: 6): Not really sure how good Colorado is, but a 37-10 win in Boulder was rather impressive.
7. Georgia (4-0; Last week: 12; AP: 8): It's a big jump from 12 to 7, but a 31-3 win over Mississippi State (plus a Week 2 win at Notre Dame) is more impressive than what most teams have done.
8. Ohio State (3-1; Last week: 6; AP: 9): We know the Buckeyes can beat up on lesser competition.
9. Michigan (4-0; Last week: 10; AP: 7): Wolverines continue to win, but aren't turning any heads.
10. TCU (4-0; Last week: 15; AP: 11): Horned Frogs' 44-31 win at Oklahoma State is one of the best wins of the season in college football.
12. Virginia Tech (4-0; Last week: 13; AP: 12): Hokies have taken advantage of a soft schedule the past three weeks. They get Clemson this week.
13. Oklahoma State (3-1; Last week: 8; AP: 14): Cowboys finally ran into a really good team and got smacked.
14. Auburn (3-1; Last week: 14; AP: 15): Tigers opened SEC play with a rout of Missouri.
15. Miami (2-0; Last week: 16; AP: 13): After two weeks off, Hurricanes shook off rust and rolled past Toledo.
16. Louisville (3-1; Last week: 18; AP: 18): Cardinals can beat bad teams. Can they beat anybody that's good?
17. Florida (2-1; Last week: 17; AP: 20): Gators benefitted from a defensive breakdown to barely get past Kentucky.
18. South Florida (4-0; Last week: 19; AP: 17): Bulls thumped Temple to remain unbeaten.
19. Washington State (4-0; Last week: 24; AP: 16): Cougars should have lost to Boise State two weeks ago and escaped. Since then, they've outscored the opposition 97-30.
20. Notre Dame (3-1; Last week: NR; AP: NR): Plenty of losses in the back half of my ballot made room for the Irish, who dominated Michigan State. Only loss by one point against Georgia.
21. San Diego State (4-0; Last week: 25; AP: 21): On a terrible weather day at Air Force, the Aztecs got through it to remain perfect.
22. Utah (4-0; Last week: NR; AP: 19): Utes haven't played a good team yet, but they keep winning.
23. Mississippi State (3-1; Last week: 20; AP: 24): Bulldogs followed up dominating win against LSU with a lopsided loss to Georgia.
24. LSU (3-1; Last week: 21; AP: 22): Tigers needed nearly all 60 minutes to put away Syracuse at home.
25. West Virginia (3-1; Last week: NR; AP: 23): Since the narrow loss to Virginia Tech in the opener, Mountaineers have taken advantage of easy schedule.
My next 5:
26. NC State (3-1; Last week: NR; AP: NR): Stealing a win at Florida State is always impressive.
27. Florida State (0-2; Last week: 9; AP: NR) My No. 2 coming into the year. I kept them top 10 after a loss to 'Bama and didn't want to punish them too much for two unplanned byes. Dropping from No. 9 to out after a loss to NC State is a huge drop, but I couldn't justify ranking an 0-2 team.
28. Texas Tech (3-0; Last week: NR; AP: NR): Not sure how good the Red Raiders are, but we'll find out soon.
29. Stanford (2-2; Last week: NR; AP: NR): Are the Cardinal back after a 58-34 win against UCLA?
30. Iowa (3-1; Last week: NR; AP: NR): Even though they lost, Hawkeyes showed they can play with elite teams against Penn State.
Dropped out: Teams that fell out of my Top 25 this past week:
Florida State (0-2; Last week: 9)
Oregon (3-1; Last week: 22)
Colorado (3-1; Last week: 23)
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