Full disclosure: My latest AP ballot
At various points Saturday, this week's ballot seemed on the brink of upheaval, with upset alerts more prevalent than political ads. Another blissfully bizarre day in college football.
And at the end of it, stability mostly reigned.
Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State all survived their respective jolts. As a result, the top seven on my ballot remains unchanged.
The real movement's in the middle, with four previously unbeaten teams (Baylor, Nebraska, West Virginia, Boise State) taking modest dips. Why modest? Because all lost on the road to opponents ranging from decent to downright good.
Auburn continues to make the most profound leap, jumping 12 spots (from 21st to ninth) in a two-week span via convincing triumphs against Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Meantime, I bid adieu to Tennessee and Navy, and bring Oklahoma State and Washington State aboard.
6. Ohio State
8. Texas A&M
14. West Virginia
16. Virginia Tech
19. Penn State
20. Oklahoma State
21. North Carolina
23. Western Michigan
24. Washington State
25. Boise State