Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Canes top my AP Top 25 ballot

Posted November 12th, 2017

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We ask for chaos. We get chaos.

As many as four of the college football teams ranked among my top nine and seven of my top 17 fell on Saturday, several of them in blowouts.

And I’ve got the Canes No. 1.

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My top four are Miami, Alabama, Oklahoma and Clemson with Auburn leapfrogging a bunch of teams to rise to No. 6.

I put the Hurricanes ahead of the Crimson Tide because unbeaten Miami crushed my No. 4 Notre Dame (Alabama scored in the last 25 seconds to nip Mississippi State) and has two impressive wins over the Irish and Virginia Tech (Alabama’s opponents don’t give Nick Saban as quality wins, thanks to a diminished SEC and a bad Florida State team; Miami also beat the Seminoles).

I moved Georgia from No. 1 to No. 7 and considered pushing the Bulldogs down farther. Blowouts hurt.

My newcomers are Stanford at 21st and Michigan at 23rd.

Here’s my Associated Press Top 25 ballot:

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

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