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Louisville holds down No. 1 spot in Joey Knight's AP college football ballot

FILE - In this Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 file photo, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Louisville Ky. Jackson and the third-ranked Cardinals travel to Marshall on Saturday(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) NY151

FILE - In this Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 file photo, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Louisville Ky. Jackson and the third-ranked Cardinals travel to Marshall on Saturday(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) NY151

While the wackiness of the season's inaugural weeks caused me to abandon most of my balloting principles, a relatively stable weekend has resulted in a moment or two of enlightenment.

Time to embrace conviction, and re-establish those principles, regardless of the fallout. Henceforth, I'm going to make concerted efforts not to penalize teams for winning in conference or being idle, and to lend minimal credence to style points. This is, after all, the 85-scholarship era. A win is a win.

These aren't hard-and-fast rules, mind you. Circumstances won't allow them to be rigidly observed. But they'll remain stern personal guidelines from here on.

With that said, my latest ballot:

1. Louisville

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Clemson

5. Houston

6. Michigan

7. Stanford

8. Washington

9. Texas A&M

10. Wisconsin

11. FSU

12. Nebraska

13. Tennessee

14. Baylor

15. Michigan State

16. Utah

17. Ole Miss

18. Texas

19. TCU

20. Miami

21. Arkansas

22. Georgia

23. Florida

24. San Diego State

25. North Carolina

Louisville holds down No. 1 spot in Joey Knight's AP college football ballot 09/25/16 [Last modified: Sunday, September 25, 2016 5:01pm]
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