This week's AP Top 25 ballot: Sifting through carnage

semerson@macon.comOctober 20, 2013 

Here is how my Associated Press top 25 ballot looked this week:

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

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In: Oklahoma State, UCF, Wisconsin.
Out: Georgia, Washington, Florida.

- Nine teams that were in my top 25 last week lost. Seven were to unranked teams. So yes, lots of moving up, down, in and out.

- Florida State jumps up from No. 6, leaping Clemson and LSU, but also Ohio State. At this point Florida State has been the third-most impressive team in the country.

- After that, frankly there were so many tough decisions that I can't waste space explaining them all. I'll just remind everyone that body of work remains the criteria, and that a lot of things fall into that: Head-to-head, record, quality wins, quality losses, bad losses, eye test. If you have a specific question about a team, comment below and I'll try to respond. (I'm on the road back to Athens this morning, but I'll try when I get back.)

- As a general statement, there is a big dropoff in the middle of the poll in terms of quality resumes. A lot of teams with quality wins - Georgia among them - have suffered too many losses. I don't know if Northern Illinois and Fresno State are really the 15th-best and 16th-best teams in the country, but other teams aren't doing enough to deserve to be ranked ahead of them.

Follow Seth Emerson at @sethemerson.

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