My AP Top 25 ballot: LSU moves into top 5

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

My Top 25 ballot, with last week’s position in parentheses
1 Alabama (1)
2 Oregon (2)
3 Clemson (3)
4 Ohio State (4)
5 LSU (10)
6 UCLA (8)
7 Louisville (7)
8 Texas A&M (9)
9 Florida State (11)
10 Georgia (6)
11 South Carolina (13)
12 Miami (12)
13 Stanford (5)
14 Baylor (18)
15 Texas Tech (20)
16 Missouri (--)
17 Virginia Tech (21)
18 Florida (14)
19 Wisconsin (25)
20 Washington (17)
21 Oklahoma (15)
22 Fresno State (22)
23 Arizona State (24)
24 Notre Dame (23)
25 Utah (--)

In: Missouri, Utah
Out: Northwestern, Michigan
Next up: Michigan, Auburn

We had our first upset at the top of the rankings, with unranked Utah knocking off Stanford. I dropped the Cardinal to 13th, moved LSU to 5th and added Utah to my Top 25. Missouri also joins the rankings after crushing Georgia.
I should note that I kept the Bulldogs in the top 10 because their only other loss was to Clemson, and they have two wins over upper-echelon teams (LSU and South Carolina), which is something that no one outside the top 10 can say at the moment.

Comments/suggestions/criticisms? hgutmann@heraldsun.com or @haroldgut