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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Opening a path for Oklahoma, Baylor

Posted December 1st, 2019

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  • The Tigers kicked Alabama out of the running for a College Football Playoff berth and opened a path for the Big 12 champion as well as potential Pac-12 champ Utah and the eventual SEC runner-up and maybe even a Big Ten runner-up.
  • I bumped the Crimson Tide out of my Associated Press Top 10 and put them at No. 11 with their second loss of the season.
  • The Buckeyes demolished Michigan -- as usual -- on the road and remain the most complete team in all of college football.

Thank you, Auburn.

The Tigers kicked entitled Alabama out of the running for a College Football Playoff berth and opened a path for the Big 12 champion as well as potential Pac-12 champ Utah and the eventual SEC runner-up and maybe even a Big Ten runner-up.

I bumped the Crimson Tide out of my Associated Press Top 10 and put them at No. 11 with their second loss of the season. Was fun to watch the Big 12 matchup of Auburn-Alabama. And, yes, Alabama still does not have a quality win this season.

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I returned Ohio State to the top of my Top 25 rankings. The Buckeyes demolished Michigan — as usual — on the road and remain the most complete team in all of college football.

I bumped Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech off my ballot and inserted newcomers Virginia and UCF.

Here’s my Top 25 vote:

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

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