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Full disclosure: My AP Top 25 ballot ...

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The new Associated Press Top 25 will be out around noon, and here's my ballot. The poll after Week 1 is a tricky one, in that it has to transition from the preseason poll -- built on expectations -- and the normal poll protocol, which is base the rankings on results. You can't do that completely yet -- Stanford had the week off, and many teams had games against far lesser opponents that only tell so much, even when a team is dominant.

It's a week without a huge amount of change -- only two games pitted ranked teams against each other -- I already had Clemson as high as any AP balloter, so I moved the Tigers up one spot for a three-point home win against Georgia. Along the same lines, I had Georgia lower than most, so a three-point road loss to a top-five team doesn't drop the Bulldogs far. I did, however, have LSU lower than most and was impressed by a 10-point neutral-site win against TCU, so LSU's up to 12 and TCU's barely in the rankings now. I already had Washington on my ballot and had Boise lower than most, so there's less change needed there.

Least impressive win by a ranked team this weekend? Probably Nebraska giving up 35 points to an unremarkable Wyoming team -- even if 14 points came late, it raises concerns about how Nebraska will hold up against tougher Big 10 competition. I only added one new team to my 25 and chose Wisconsin, which I had on the cusp in the preseason ballot and had three 100-yard rushers in its opener.

Here you go -- as always, I appreciate the comments and criticism and they certainly play a role in shaping my ballot each week. ...

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Stanford
5. Oregon
6. Florida State
7. Texas A&M

8. Louisville
9. Florida
10. Georgia
11. Notre Dame
12. South Carolina
13. LSU
14. Texas
15. Michigan
16. Oklahoma
17. Oklahoma State
18. UCLA
19. Washington
20. Nebraska
21. Baylor
22. Northwestern
23. Cincinnati
24. Wisconsin
25. TCU

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