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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Buckeyes top my AP Top 25 ballot

Posted September 29th, 2019

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  • For the first time this season, my Associated Press Top 25 ballot reflects a change at the top, thanks to a near upset of Clemson by Mack Brown's plucky North Carolina and yet more total domination by Ohio State, this time over outmatched Nebraska.
  • I inserted Ohio State in my No. 1 spot and bumped Clemson down to No. 3. Otherwise, my top dozen remained unchanged.
  • Newcomers in my voting are No. 20 Arizona State, No. 23 Wake Forest and No. 24 Oklahoma State. I hated leaving out Pitt, Toledo and Baylor.

I’m all in on the Buckeyes.

For the first time this season, my Associated Press Top 25 ballot reflects a change at the top, thanks to a near upset of Clemson by Mack Brown’s plucky North Carolina and yet more total domination by Ohio State, this time over outmatched Nebraska.

I really think Ohio State can sneeze and score another touchdown. It’s become an automatic reflex. New head coach, new quarterback, doesn’t matter. Under new head coach Ryan Day and quarterbacks Justin Fields, the i Dotters have scored 42 points or more in every game of their 5-0 season, averaging 536 yards and 52 points a game.

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So I inserted Ohio State in my No. 1 spot and bumped Clemson down to No. 3. Otherwise, my top dozen remained unchanged.

Newcomers in my voting are No. 20 Arizona State, No. 23 Wake Forest and No. 24 Oklahoma State. I hated leaving out Pitt, Toledo, Baylor and Appalachian State.

Why is Michigan still ranked?

Here’s my Top 25:

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

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