My AP Top 25 ballot: Ohio State, Auburn crack top 4
After Week 13
2 Florida State
3 Ohio State
7 Oklahoma State
10 Arizona State
12 South Carolina
16 Texas A&M
17 Central Florida
18 Michigan State
20 Northern Illinois
22 Fresno State
25 Ole Miss
Next up: Southern Cal, Arizona
For the first time, I didn’t have any new entrants in my poll. I really wanted to add Arizona for blowing out Oregon, but that was really its only quality win. In fact, my last team out was Southern Cal, which beat Stanford (and Arizona for that matter), though it lost twice to unranked teams.
Compare that to the teams I kept in – Georgia beat LSU and Southern Cal, and Ole Miss beat LSU and won at Texas by 21 while its four losses were all to Top 13 teams.
Baylor moved out of the top 5 with its blowout loss at Oklahoma State, who jumped from 16 to 7 on my ballot.
My new No. 3 is Ohio State, with Auburn in fourth. While that might appear to put the Buckeyes in the championship game with a loss by Alabama or FSU, it will be hard to keep Auburn from jumping Ohio State if the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide next week, no matter how badly the Buckeyes beat Michigan.
I kept Stanford, with its five Top 25 wins, ahead of most of the one-loss teams for now.
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