LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, celebrates a win against UCF with quarterback Joe Burrow, right, after a Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. LSU defeated UCF 40-32. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Dominant LSU belongs at the top of the rankings

Posted December 8th, 2019

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I’ve been toggling unbeaten LSU and undefeated Ohio State back and forth atop my Top 25 Associated Press ballot for the last month or more, but finally went with the Tigers today after their impressive beatdown of Georgia in the SEC Championship game and the Buckeyes’ rough first half against Wisconsin before rallying to win the Big Ten title.

Ultimately, my top four went with LSU and presumptive Heisman winner Joe Burrow, Ohio State, Clemson and Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

Both Utah and Georgia did the Sooners a big favor by falling and falling big-time in their title games in the Pac-12 and SEC. That should allow the Sooners to leapfrog both into the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings and go to the post-season for the third straight year under Lincoln Riley.

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These title games hardly ever go as clockwork as they did Saturday. My only newcomer to the ballot was Florida Atlantic. Virginia dropped out after getting blown out by Clemson in ACC title game.

Here’s my latest AP Top 25 vote:

  1. LSU
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Georgia
  6. Florida
  7. Auburn
  8. Oregon
  9. Utah
  10. Baylor
  11. Penn State
  12. Alabama
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Michigan
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Memphis
  17. Minnesota
  18. Boise State
  19. Appalachian State
  20. Iowa
  21. Florida Atlantic
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Navy
  24. Air Force
  25. UCF

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