The Latest Top 25, Week 3

There was a bunch of movement in my top 25 poll this week, but the top of my poll remains mostly in place. Georgia’s win against South Carolina put them Bulldogs back in my top ten and Michigan’s victory against Notre Dame paired with drops by Florida, South Carolina and Texas helped the Wolverines make a nice move upward as well.

At the top of my top 25 this week I still have Alabama, who was off this week. Until the Crimson Tide are defeated, I am pretty confident Alabama will stay on top of my poll. This week they travel to Texas A&M in the game of the week. Ohio State remains second for me but Oregon is closing the gap. If Braxton Miller is good to go, I do not anticipate seeing the Buckeyes drop but the Ducks are very close to moving up in my ballot. Stanford may not have had an overwhelming debut against San Jose State, but they did enough to hold their place in my ballot for now.

I have two new teams in my top 25 this week. Ole Miss pops in, skipping my radar form last week to make a debut in my top 25. I do not want to get carried away with a 31-13 win over an FCS opponent at home, but Ole Miss is off to a 2-0 start and has already won at Vanderbilt. The Rebels built a 31-0 lead going in to halftime, which shows me they are playing well with a young, developing nucleus already starting to take form. Let’s say what they can do at Texas against that dreadful defense. If Ole Miss can come home with a win in Austin, they will back-up my top 25 support. Central Florida was on my radar last week and rounds out my top 25 this week. They travel to Penn State this weekend. I had Penn State on my radar last week as well and despite winning 45-7 against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, for some reason I’m wanting to see more out of them. A win over UCF though makes them a lock for my top 25 ballot next week, without question.

Each week I will cast my updated top 25 ballot to the #SMCTop25 and share it here with you. For your reference, teams colored green are moving up in my poll and teams in red are moving down. Teams with neither color are staying firm from my previous poll.Note that last week I inexplicably left Texas A&M off my ballot. That was a complete omission on my part, and their appearance on this week’s ballot will not be shaded any color.

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Oregon

4. Stanford

5. LSU

6. Clemson

7. Louisville

8. Texas A&M

9. Oklahoma State

10. Georgia

11. Florida State

12. Michigan

13. South Carolina

14. Miami

15. Oklahoma

16. Baylor

17. UCLA

18. Florida

19. Northwestern

20. Wisconsin

21. Washington

22. Nebraska

23. Notre Dame

24. Ole Miss

25. Central Florida

Dropped Out: Texas, TCU, Northern Illinois

On the Radar: Penn State, Texas Tech, Fresno State, Bowling Green, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah, Tennessee, Auburn

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Kevin McGuire
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