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 reigns at the top, at least for now

Posted November 10th, 2019

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  • Do I displace Ohio State from No. 1 after it totally demolished a bad Maryland team? Do I reward LSU for breaking the curse against Alabama?
  • Eventually, I chose to put the Tigers at the top because they won on the road in the toughest place to play in America these days. I hated to punish the Buckeyes, but just think the monumental win by LSU in Tuscaloosa should be appropriately rewarded.
  • I put Texas in at 25th for beating a top 16 CFP team Kansas State (and its narrow losses to LSU and OU).

Voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll just got a little trickier.

Do I displace Ohio State from No. 1 after it totally demolished a bad Maryland team? Do I reward LSU for breaking the curse against Alabama? How about Clemson as it continues to dismantle the horrid ACC? How far do you drop the Crimson Tide? Are there four other teams better than them?

And what to do about the one-loss teams? Where do they fit in?

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Questions, questions.

Eventually, I chose to put quarterback Joe Burrow and the Tigers at the top because they won on the road in the toughest place to play in America these days. I hated to punish the Buckeyes, but just think the monumental win by LSU in Tuscaloosa should be appropriately rewarded. So I swapped Ohio State and LSU for the time being.

The bottom of the ballot went through a little shakeup as well. I put Texas in at 25th for beating a top 16 CFP team (and its narrow losses to LSU and OU). Also added newcomers Navy, Appalachian State and Air Force.

Here’s my top 25:

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

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