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Full disclosure: My latest AP ballot



On the madness meter, I presumed nothing this weekend would top trying to chronicle a game (USF-Memphis) featuring 91 points, nearly 1,300 total yards and four lead changes.

Then I remembered this week's ballot.

When a surreal Saturday arrives and the collegiate world order is yanked off its axis, you simply try to restore rankings order as best as you can.

I docked Michigan and Clemson only one spot each because I still consider both among the nation's top four teams. Louisville doesn't crack the top four because, for one thing, Clemson defeated the Cardinals.

Previously unranked USC, the team no one out West wants to play these days, re-enters at No. 13 after winning its sixth in a row, this time against previously unbeaten Washington.

Elsewhere, I removed previous No. 12 Texas A&M from this week's ballot altogether after the Aggies lost for the third time in four games, at home to Ole Miss' backup quarterback. Auburn also takes a profound plunge -- from No. 8 to 17 -- after miserably squandering a chance to make a real poll move in Athens, Ga.

Virginia Tech and North Carolina also take significant drops after losing to mediocre ACC foes, falling to No. 23 and 24, respectively.

The only other ballot newcomer -- aside from USC -- is San Diego State.

For those in the USF demographic wondering why the Bulls (8-2) were bypassed in favor of the Aztecs (9-1): San Diego State has allowed an average of seven points in its last six games. USF has given up 87 points and 1,224 yards its last two contests.

1. Alabama
2. Ohio Sta
3. Michigan
4. Clemson
5. Louisville
6. Wisconsin
7. Washington
8. Penn State
9. Oklahoma
10. West Virginia
11. Colorado
12. Utah
13. USC
14. LSU
15. Oklahoma State
16. Washington State
17. Auburn
18. FSU
19. Western Michigan
20. Nebraska
21. Boise State
22. Florida
23. Virginia Tech
24. North Carolina
25. San Diego State

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