Utah has gone 10-2 in bowl games under head coach Kyle Whittingham, shown being doused by former Utes defensive back Eric Weddle, left, and lineman Tavo Tupola after Utah defeated Tulsa 25-13 in the 2006 Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press file)

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Oregon loss leaves a CFP opening for several

Posted November 24th, 2019

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  • But Oregon's stunning loss to Arizona State leaves an opening for several one-loss teams, chief among them Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma and somehow a diminished Alabama.
  • I dropped the Ducks to 13th after falling to a 5-5 Arizona State team.
  • My ballot newcomers are Navy and Virginia Tech.

No big change in the Associated Press Top 25 since the SEC took a week off from its busy conference schedule to play a bunch of middle schools and form held for all but one Top 10 team.

But Oregon’s stunning loss to Arizona State leaves an opening for several one-loss teams, chief among them Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma and somehow a diminished Alabama.

I dropped the Ducks to 13th after falling to a 5-5 Arizona State team. I dropped SMU out of my Top 25 after losing to Navy for its second loss. I pushed now twice-beaten Penn State down to No. 12 despite giving Ohio State a run for its money.

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My ballot newcomers are Navy and Virginia Tech.

Here’s my Top 25:

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

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