Cal wide receiver Jordan Veasy (15) grabs for the ball in the end zone against Texas during the first half pf the Longhorns' 50-43 loss to the Golden Bears. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Column

Bohls AP ballot: Louisville makes jump; Texas a fall

Posted September 18th, 2016

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Many critics of college football blame the preseason polls for their rigidity and refusal to shake things up because by golly a voter has a team pegged in a certain role and won’t budge.

But a fluid Top 25 ballot greatly rewards — and penalizes — teams that either win or lose their way into or out of the polls. In my case, I leapfrogged Louisville over 11 teams in my last week vote into the No. 2 spot behind the old favorite, Alabama, after the Cardinals routed Florida State. The Seminoles fell to No. 12 in my ballot.

Similarly, I left Texas out of my Top 25 after its free fall against Cal, a 50-43 loss in the closing minutes with a pitiful excuse for a defense.

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I considered bumping the Longhorns into 24 or 25, but if you do that, you need to move the Golden Bears above them. Texas’ win over now 1-2 Notre Dame doesn’t look nearly as impressive as it did two weeks ago, and Longhorn victim UTEP was crushed even worse by Army. Yeah, Army.

In addition, I still have Central Michigan on my ballot and even moved FCS team North Dakota State into my Top 25 after the Bisons upset my clearly over-rated No. 8 Iowa.

The Aggies cracked my Top 10. That may be a little high, but there haven’t been that many wow teams below them to take away that spot.

My top five reads: Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston and Michigan.

 

1. Alabama
2. Louisville
3. Ohio State
4. Houston
5. Michigan
6. Stanford
7. Clemson
8. Washington
9. Michigan State
10. Texas A&M
11. Miami
12. Florida State
13. Nebraska
14. Georgia
15. Wisconsin
16. LSU
17. Boise State
18. San Diego State
19. Baylor
20. Arkansas
21. Oregon
22. Florida
23. Central Michigan
24. North Dakota State
25. Iowa

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