Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: TCU biggest mover in AP vote

Posted September 24th, 2017

A new Associated Press poll ballot and a new No. 1.

Well, actually it’s an old No. 1.

I leapfrogged Alabama back into the top spot ahead of Clemson, which struggled before pulling away with an easy win over Boston College. By virtue of its 59-0 spanking of Vanderbilt and its heralded defense, the Crimson Tide showed once more.

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College football is Alabama and everyone else. With Clemson at least in the neighborhood.

TCU was the big winner, whipping Oklahoma State soundly on the road and jumping to No. 3 in my vote. Gary Patterson’s team “wanted to be relevant,” and, believe me, the Horned Frogs are. The Cowboys fell to No. 13 on my ballot with lots to prove.

Teams that continue to impress are Georgia (fifth), Washington (seventh), Virginia Tech (12th). Newcomers on my ballot include North Carolina State (19th), which knocked off Florida State and bumped the Seminoles out of my Top 25; unbeaten Duke (24th) and undefeated Texas Tech (25th), which clipped Houston on the road.

Here’s my ballot:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. TCU
  4. Penn State
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Washington
  8. Wisconsin
  9. USC
  10. Ohio State
  11. Michigan
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. San Diego State
  15. Florida
  16. Auburn
  17. Miami
  18. Washington State
  19. North Carolina State
  20. South Florida
  21. Louisville
  22. Utah
  23. Memphis
  24. Duke
  25. Texas Tech

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