This week's ballot: Georgia back in the top 10

semerson@macon.comSeptember 8, 2013 

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Hello, Miami. Goodbye, Texas. Georgia is welcomed back into the top 10. Florida falls far out of it. This is how my AP top 25 ballot looked:

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Clemson
6. LSU
7. Oklahoma State
8. Louisville
9. Michigan
10. Georgia
11. Florida State
12. Baylor
13. Miami
14. Texas A&M
15. South Carolina
16. Notre Dame
17. Nebraska
18. Oklahoma
19. Florida
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Wisconsin
23. Northern Illinois
24. Washington
25. Northwestern

- Georgia moves back into my top 10, but only one spot up. It was a very good quality win for Georgia, one week after a loss that shouldn't count too much against the Bulldogs. But the other teams in the top 10 haven't really done anything to deserve to drop. Georgia deserves to be the nation's top-ranked one-loss team (and will probably deserve that for at least two more weeks.)

- South Carolina and Notre Dame don't fall too far, because all they did was lose on the road to good teams. Florida, on the other hand, lost to a team that was unranked, though will be ranked now. So that keeps the Gators in the top 20, unlike ...

- Texas fell all the way out after being No. 15 on my ballot. I'm always skeptical of reactionary thinking on replacing coaches, but it is becoming a bit ridiculous how much Texas has fallen.

- Yes, I put Miami very high, and the Hurricanes could make a big drop later. I'll move them down if and when they do. But in the meantime they're 2-0 with a quality win, and deserve to be ahead of other 2-0 teams that haven't really played anybody. (Oklahoma is 2-0 with a win over West Virginia, but it was 16-7, and the Mountaineers struggled the week before with William & Mary. So I'm not too impressed by the Sooners yet.)

- I flipped Oregon and Stanford because I didn't feel particularly strongly about one being ahead of the other to begin with, and Oregon looked much better on Saturday.

- Baylor got a big bump in my poll, up from No. 23. Yes, it beat up on Buffalo, but by much more than Ohio State did a week ago, and I'm just going on a hunch that the Bears are going to be pretty good this year.

- Nebraska moved ahead of Texas A&M (they were within one spot of each other last week). I've continued to have the Aggies much lower than their eventual spot in the poll. We'll find out about Johnny Manziel and company this week.

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