A fantastic first full week of college football has led to some inevitable shakeups on my AP top 25 ballot. Just not at the top spot.
Georgia remained No. 1 in my eyes after a 10-3 win over Clemson. The Bulldogs’ lack of offense was concerning, but maybe Clemson’s defense is that excellent. I don’t know yet after one week. I do know, however, that beating a top-five team at a neutral site was not going to end in me dropping Georgia from the top spot, even though Alabama looked dominant in its win over Miami.
Then again, maybe the Hurricanes aren’t very good. That’s the problem with Week 1. We have no context, so we’re left trying to react to games without overreacting.
I tried to strike a balance, but there were some big shakeups in my rankings, starting with Miami. I had the ‘Canes 11th on my preseason ballot and dropped them out of my top 25 this morning. I couldn’t justify keeping them after a 41-13 loss to Alabama in Atlanta.
Indiana, Washington, LSU and Louisiana Lafayette all dropped out, too, after their losses. That led to the addition of UCLA (which went from unranked to 15th on my ballot), Virginia Tech, Mississippi, Arizona State and Michigan. I considered North Carolina State after its 45-0 win over USF. I also gave Florida State consideration after putting up an impressive fight against Notre Dame, but I need to see more from the Seminoles first. Liberty was also on the list.
Iowa rose 12 spots in my rankings after destroying the Hoosiers. Penn State moved up nine after a nice win at Wisconsin.
After watching the Irish and Florida play in person on back-to-back days, I moved Notre Dame ahead of the Gators. The gap isn’t large, but I thought the Irish had more playmakers. UF did what I expected (beat Florida Atlantic easily) and thus stayed 13th on my ballot. UCF went up three spots to No. 22 after a nice comeback against Boise State.
Here’s the AP top 25 ballot I submitted Tuesday morning:
3. Ohio State
6. Texas A&M
10. Penn State
11. Iowa State
12. Notre Dame
17. Virginia Tech
19. Coastal Carolina
20. North Carolina
24. Arizona State
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