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Full disclosure: My latest AP ballot

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October

As long as the college football world order remains on spin cycle each week, you'll find the same schizophrenia on most ballots, incluing mine.

For the third time in four weeks, I have a new No. 1, though none of those three have lost.

At this point of this dizzying autumn, I suppose teams ought to be rewarded for staying unbeaten, and normally I hate penalizing teams for winning. But I can't in good conscience keep Michigan State atop the ballot after it squeaked by 1-4 Purdue at home (and lost another offensive tackle in the process). Similarly, Ohio State's certainly not leapfrogging the Spartans after escaping that daunting college football snakepit known as Bloomington, Ind.

So here's your chance, TCU.

Elsewhere, Florida played like a top-10 squad Saturday night, and is being rewarded as such on my ballot. FSU's out of my top 10 for the same reason Ohio State is now No. 3: The 'Noles simply haven't looked sharp all year.

Exiting the ballot are Wisconsin and Mississippi State. Climbing aboard are Iowa and Memphis. I didn't upgrade the Tigers for winning Friday in such a hostile environment (actual attendance: 14,305), but because their victory against Cincinnati looks a bit more impressive today.

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

[Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2015 12:49pm]

    

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