SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (7) runs for a first down against North Texas during the first half at Ford Stadium in Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. SMU won, 49-27. (Smiley N. Pool/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff


Bohls: Little movement in Top 25; Memphis-SMU thrilling

Posted November 3rd, 2019


Thankfully, we got this past boring weekend out of the way.

There was little movement in the Associated Press Top 10 where my top five teams, headed by Ohio State, remains the same.

Wasn’t a ton of big games although I thought the Memphis win over SMU was thrilling with its long-distance plays and Sonny Dykes’ emptying of his playbook with a double-reverse flea flicker for a touchdown and a throwback from Shane Buechele to a tackle-eligible for a two-point conversion. Yes, defense was lacking, but if you like big plays, you loved that game. SMU had no quit in it.


I moved once-beaten Georgia up to No. 7, right behind Oregon, which flexed its muscles and throttled USC. Quarterback Justin Herbert was impressive. I think he’s in the running for the No. 1 spot in next spring’s NFL Draft along with Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

My only addition to my Top 25 was Indiana, which posted its seventh win of the year by dismantling Northwestern.

Here’s my Top 25:

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