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It’s been an interesting season of college football so far, and it’s tough to figure out a lot of teams.

One week, somebody looks great, and the next they look terrible. Makes it tough to put together a Top 25 each week!

Somehow I managed to come up with a Top 25 this week, though. Here’s the ballot I submitted to the Associated Press this week:

1. Ohio State (6-0; last week: 1) – I’m in the “They’re the champs and No. 1 until they get beat” camp for now. Buckeyes have lost some support for No. 1, but I don’t see anyone else as a clear-cut better option.

2. LSU (5-0; LW: 3) – I like the way the Tigers have come in each week and taken care of business.

3. Utah (5-0; LW: 5) – Utes are one of the few teams in the country with two wins against Top 25 teams, and that doesn’t include a win against Michigan, which was unranked at the time.

4. Baylor (5-0; LW: 6) – I still want to see the Bears play somebody decent, but it’s impressive how they steamroll everybody.

5. Michigan State (6-0; LW: 2) – With so many other teams playing well, it was tough for me to keep the Spartans at No. 2 when they keep barely getting by each week. This week at Michigan will be fun.

6. TCU (6-0; LW: 4) – Winning at Kansas State is never easy, and the Horned Frogs continue to find a way to win. I just think Utah and Baylor are better right now, so I jumped both ahead of TCU.

7. Alabama (5-1; LW: 7) – Nick Saban has the best one-loss team in the country, in my opinion. Maybe the Tide should be below Mississippi because of their loss to the Rebels, but I think Alabama is better right now.

8. Florida State (5-0; LW: 8) – Seminoles aren’t overwhelming anybody, but got a nice win against a solid Miami team in a rivalry game. I like the way Everett Golson has played at QB so far.

9. Clemson (5-0; LW: 9) – A week after upsetting Notre Dame, the Tigers avoided a let down by handling Georgia Tech.

10. Texas A&M (5-0; LW: 12) – Aggies moved up a couple spots on a bye week because of losses by USC and Oklahoma.

11. Notre Dame (5-1; LW: 13) – Irish got a nice bounce-back win by rolling past Navy.

12. Florida (6-0; LW: 14) – Gators look impressive on both sides of the ball midway through the season. Will be interesting to see how they respond to the loss of their QB.

13. Mississippi (5-1; LW: 15) – Hosting New Mexico State was a fortunate way for the Rebels to recover from their beat down at Florida the week before.

14. Stanford (4-1; LW: 16) – Losses by teams ahead of the Cardinal allowed them to move up on a bye week.

15. UCLA (4-1; LW: 17) – Ditto for the Bruins, who were on bye last week.

16. Michigan (5-1; LW: 23) – Count the Wolverines’ 38-0 win against Northwestern among the most impressive single wins by any team in the country this season. Jim Harbaugh is doing great work in Ann Arbor.

17. Oklahoma State (6-0; LW: 21) – I’m not sure how the Cowboys keep getting it done, but they do and deserve to be rewarded for it.

18. Boise State (5-1; LW: 19) – I like this team a lot, and they were impressive against Colorado State. Not sure the Broncos lose again during the regular season.

19. Oklahoma (4-1; LW: 11) – If Michigan’s latest win was among the most impressive, count Oklahoma’s loss to Texas among the most disappointing. Amazing that the Sooners didn’t show up better for that game.

20. Iowa (6-0; LW: 25) – Hawkeyes are going to make a run at the Big Ten title, in large part because the schedule sets up so well. How does a Big Ten team avoid Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan in the same season?

21. Toledo (5-0; LW: unranked) – Hard to ignore what the Rockets are doing in the early going, even if they aren’t playing the most impressive competition.

22. Georgia (4-2; LW: 18) – Two weeks ago, I had the Bulldogs in the top 5. They backed up their blowout loss to Alabama with a clunker against Tennessee.

23. Northwestern (5-1; LW: 20) – Wildcats were rolling along until they got to Michigan. It was an ugly game, but they’ve got a chance to bounce back at home against Iowa this week.

24. California (5-1; LW: 24) – Losing by less than a touchdown on the road against a Top 5 team doesn’t warrant a move down, in my opinion. Bears still looking good.

25. Temple (5-0; LW: unranked) – Owls opened the year with two good wins against Penn State and Cincinnati and have continued to play well.

Dropped out

Southern Cal (3-2; LW: 10) – OK, so maybe I had the Trojans too high. I still think they’ve got Top 10 talent, but clearly have way too many other issues right now.

Oregon (3-3; LW: 22) – I hung onto the Ducks longer than most voters, but when you lose at home to Washington State, that’s the end for me. Too many other good teams to even consider the 3-loss Ducks for a spot anymore.

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