Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: OU on the rise; Aggies in the mix

Posted October 15th, 2017

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Shakeup Saturday came early.

Three of my top 10 teams fell and fell hard. Clemson was a no-show in Syracuse, Washington State was an even bigger no-show against Cal and Washington never got its offense clicking against Arizona State. Lucky for Chris Petersen it was a late night game, and fewer were watching, I guess.

Those two Pac-12 losses by the league heavyweights is great news for the Big 12 because they, coupled with Oklahoma’s survival against Texas, returns the Sooners to the CFP chase as an even more legitimate candidate if they can run the table. TCU, of course, holds the best cards as the league’s lone unbeaten team.

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OU made the biggest jump in my rankings, leaping from 13th to fifth as its win over vastly improving Ohio State in Columbus looms larger and larger.

My newcomers include LSU for its second consecutive big win, adding Auburn to Florida as its last two victims, Texas A&M for surviving in the Swamp and Stanford.

Here’s my ballot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll:

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

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