Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, who gives some words of wisdom to quarterback Kellen Mond (11), has the Aggies on the rise with their second big win in a row. [Laura McKenzie / Bryan-College Station Eagle]

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Soaring Aggies make a statement, on the rise

Posted October 18th, 2020

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  • Texas A&M made the biggest ascent on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot, climbing from outside the Top 10 at No. 11 all the way to No. 5.
  • SMU, you’re on notice. You have serious competition for the title of best team in the Lone Star State.
  • Texas, there are five Big 12 teams included in my Top 25, and you still have to play four of them, all except Oklahoma. It's a shame you don't have to play five, but A&M left for distant shores, and, well, that ship has sailed.

OK, Aggies, we get it. You’re good.

Celebrate.

Enjoy your pounding of Mississippi State, your soaring ranking in the polls and a week off before facing new, uh, powerhouse Arkansas.

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Texas A&M (3-1) made the biggest ascent on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot, climbing from outside the Top 10 at No. 11 all the way to No. 5.

SMU, you’re on notice. You have serious competition for the title of best team in the Lone Star State.

Congrats on staying undefeated, Mustangs, and outlasting feisty Tulane. Shane Buechele rules. I bumped up Dallas’ Team one spot from No. 9 as Sonny Dykes’ club remains too much under the radar.

Texas, there are five Big 12 teams included in my Top 25, and you still have to play four of them, all except Oklahoma. It’s a shame you don’t have to play five, but A&M left for distant shores, and, well, that ship has sailed. The Longhorns this week host Baylor, which hasn’t played in like forever and only two games this whole distorted season.

At the same time, condolences to Kirby Smart and his Georgia Bulldogs, who ran into the machine that is the Alabama Crimson Tide.

A word of advice, Kirbs. Don’t get a first-half lead any more if you really want to become the first Nick Saban assistant to knock off the king. That strategy ain’t working. Or just throw up your hands and admit he still runs the neighborhood.

That said, for three quarters, that game was as good as billed, and wouldn’t we all love to see it again in the SEC title game, unless Alabama stumbles twice and opens the door for Jimbo Fisher’s A&M. Right. Whom are we kidding?

Georgia was still impressive in defeat, and while it was tempting to just leave the Dawgs in the top four, I felt the need to reward those who won Saturday, so I dropped them to No. 7. But they’ll be back up the ladder soon.

Also, I moved undefeated BYU, my adopted team all year, up to No. 4 after the Cougars got by Houston in a terrific game.

All of this could be relative very soon since the Big Ten ventures out onto the field. And soon we’ll have all or most of the 127 FBS schools playing football. So all you outliers in current Top 25 ballots, enjoy your time there.

Dropping out of my poll were colossally unimpressive Auburn, seriously over-rated Tennessee, Group of 5 darling UCF and Boston College. Joining the Top 25 were West Virginia, Memphis, Kentucky and, yes, Arkansas, which is really 3-1 in my mind.

Oh, and sorry, Mack. Your heroic comeback with the Tar Heels fell a little short. Get your receivers some super-glue.

Here’s my Top 25:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Notre Dame
  4. BYU
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Kansas State
  7. Georgia
  8. SMU
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Cincinnati
  11. North Carolina
  12. Miami
  13. Florida
  14. Iowa State
  15. North Carolina State
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Marshall
  19. West Virginia
  20. Memphis
  21. Coastal Carolina
  22. Louisiana-Lafayette
  23. Army
  24. Kentucky
  25. Arkansas

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