SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (7) runs the ball against TCU during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff


Bohls: Florida, SMU, Baylor all on the rise

Posted October 6th, 2019


I’m so tired from a lack of sleep after catching the early flight from Pittsburgh to Nashville to Dallas to cover the Packers-Cowboys game, I may have voted SMU No. 1.

OK, so I’ve checked, and I didn’t. But I did put the undefeated Mustangs No. 19 in my Associated Press Top 25 ballot.

That’s the biggest jump forward in my vote, aside from moving Michigan up to No. 17 after holding off Iowa in a game that makes the Wolverines relevant again, at least in the Big Ten. I also inserted Baylor into the No. 22 position after whipping Kansas State on the road.


I bumped Florida up four spots to No. 8 after topping Auburn, which I demoted to No. 11.

I have Texas at No. 9 as it finds different ways to score and win.

Here’s my Top 25:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Alabama
  3. LSU
  4. Clemson
  5. Georgia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Florida
  9. Texas
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Auburn
  12. Oregon
  13. Penn State
  14. Boise State
  15. Utah
  16. Arizona State
  17. Michigan
  18. Iowa
  19. SMU
  20. Wake Forest
  21. Washington
  22. Baylor
  23. Memphis
  24. Cincinnati
  25. Virginia