LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) takes a snap during the third quarter of the team's NCAA football game against Georgia Southern in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Burrow tied an LSU single-game record with five touchdown passes before halftime. (AP Photo/Michael Democker)

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: LSU gets bump to No. 2; Texas slips to No. 16

Posted October 13th, 2019

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With LSU’s victory over Florida on Saturday night, the Tigers move from No. 3 to the No. 2 spot in my Associated Press Top 25 poll. Ed Orgeron’s team has proven itself at every turn and touts my Heisman frontrunner, quarterback Joe Burrow.

Alabama’s defense, with four freshman starters, isn’t losing as invincible as usual and giving up lots more points than customary. So the Crimson Tide fall to No. 3. Ohio State, which was idle, remains the top-ranked team.

Other big jumps include Penn State from No. 13 to No. 7 with a tough win over Iowa on the road, unbeaten Boise State from No. 14 to No. 11, and undefeated Baylor from No. 22 to No. 19 after getting past improved Texas Tech in double overtime.

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Texas fell from ninth to 16th with a ragged defensive effort, and Georgia plummeted all the way to15th after getting embarrassed by South Carolina, which entered the poll at 22nd. Other newcomers on my ballot were 20th Minnesota, 23rd Temple, 24th Missouri and 25th Appalachian State.

Here’s my Top 25:

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

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