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Full disclosure: My AP football ballot



A little Sunday confession here: As a result of the volatility we've seen at the season's outset, I've already broken nearly every ballot rule I established for myself upon being chosen for this privilege.

In the span of four weekends, I've dropped teams for being idle, dropped others following a victory, and even promoted some following a lackluster win. When the collegiate world order is turned on its head each weekend (see Utah 62, Oregon 20), the same tends to happen to one's ballot.

At least I don't have a team ranked ahead of someone to whom it already has lost (at least I don't think I do).

At any rate, Oregon, Arizona, Georgia Tech, BYU and Missouri drop off this week's ballot. Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Cal, Florida and Michigan supplant them. Yes, I have the Gators at No. 23. That win at Kentucky looks a tad more impressive today. Same for that victory two weeks ago against East Carolina.

You'll also notice I move Ole Miss up three spots (from No. 10 to 7) despite an ugly home win against Vanderbilt. Consider that my version of a make-up call; I ranked the Rebels too low last week following their win against Alabama.

1. Michigan State
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. TCU
6. LSU
7. Ole Miss
8. Notre Dame
9. Utah
10. FSU
11. Clemson
12. Alabama
13. Georgia
14. Oklahoma
15. Texas A&M
16. Northwestern
17. Stanford
18. USC
19. Mississippi St.
20. Oklahoma St.
21. California
22. Wisconsin
23. Florida
24. Michigan
25. Temple


[Last modified: Sunday, September 27, 2015 2:00pm]


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