Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Sooners on the rise on AP ballot

Posted September 10th, 2017

We’re just two weeks into the college football season, and already my Associated Press Top 25 ballot has undergone a big shakeup.

By virtue of its domination of Ohio State on the road, Oklahoma climbed four spots in my rankings to a strong No. 2 position behind — you know whom — Alabama.

In addition, Southern Cal was truly impressive in its victory over Stanford. Maybe too impressive for Texas’ tastes. So I vaulted the Trojans from 13th to No. 3.

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Penn State did little to deserve even a slight demotion, but I dropped the Nittany Lions from No. 2 to No. 4 because of the strength of victories by the Sooners and the Trojans.

My top five went like this: Alabama, OU, USC, Penn State and Clemson. New to my top 10 are Washington (eighth) and Georgia (10th). I also bumped up Kansas State to 11th.

My ballot:

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

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