Full disclosure: My AP ballot (Oct. 13)

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October

In the wake of Saturday's upsets, my latest ballot included much movement -- and much agonizing.

How far should the ranked upset victims fall? Whom should fall out of my top 25 entirely? Which teams should I promote from the legions of the previously unranked? And will this middle-aged buffoon seated next to me on this connection flight ever stop humming?

Anyway, here's a little about my thought process:

* Of the ranked teams who lost, Washington had the least movement (remaining at No. 19) and Georgia had the most (No. 6 to 20). I know the Dawgs are banged up, but isn't that what recruiting's for? Speaking of Georgia...

* Missouri's upset of the Dawgs in Athens propelled the Tigers to No. 16 on my ballot. I know their top-20 stay may be limited due to the season-ending injury of QB James Franklin, but they are unbeaten, and they held off Georgia late in the game with a backup quarterback.

* Wisconsin moved back in at No. 24 after its annihilaton of Northwestern

* South Carolina and Texas A&M are my newest top-10 entries, courtesy of impressive -- and in the Gamecocks' case, overwhelming -- SEC road victories.

* I thought long and hard about putting Texas back on my ballot after its two-TD win against Oklahoma, but couldn't pull the trigger. For all intents, the Longhorns should be 3-3; the officiating crew handed them a win at Iowa State.

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. FSU
6. LSU
7. South Carolina
8. Texas A&M
9. Louisville
10. UCLA
11. Stanford
12. Miami
13. Baylor
14. Texas Tech
15. Virginia Tech
16. Missouri
17. Auburn
18. Oklahoma
19. Washington
20. Georgia
21. Oklahoma State
22. Florida
23. Michigan
24. Wisconsin
25. Fresno State

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