Hlas' AP Top 25 ballot for Oct. 21: Toledo in, West Virginia out

I already had Florida and K-State third and fourth, so little change from last week is required

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April 1, 2014 | 2:17 am

OK, nobody likes told-you-sos. Especially when they come from someone who has a lot more things that could be thrown in his face as bad judgments.

I don't remember the teams I overrated earlier this season in the Associated Press Top 25. Who's got time to dwell on such things?

Yet, I vividly remember having Florida and Kansas State higher than just about anyone else on the 60-person AP panel for weeks. And now both are still unbeaten, and ranked No. 3 and No. 4.

Anyway, here's my ballot for this week, and it doesn't include West Virginia. You lose on consecutive weeks to anyone by a combined score of 104-28, you aren't Top 25 material.

1. Alabama (7-0)

2. Oregon (7-0). Florida and Kansas State have beaten better teams than the Ducks. But the eyeball test ... I think Oregon could go 14-0.

3. Florida (7-0)

4. Kansas State (7-0)

5. Notre Dame (7-0). The Irish are at Oklahoma Saturday. There goes their unbeaten record.

6. Oregon State (6-0)

7. LSU (7-1)

8. Oklahoma (5-1)

9. Ohio State (8-0). Plays at Penn State Saturday. Seldom has a midseason game with no league-title implications meant so much.

10. USC (6-1)

11. Florida State (7-1)

12. Clemson (6-1)

13. Mississippi State (7-0). The Bulldogs are at Alabama Saturday. And another unbeaten bites the dust. Mississippi State, that is, not 'Bama.

14. Texas Tech (6-1)

15. South Carolina (6-2). Cruel scheduling had the Gamecocks at LSU and Florida on consecutive weeks. Will be 9-2 when it heads to Clemson on Nov. 24.

16. Stanford (5-2)

17. Georgia (6-1)

18. Rutgers (7-0)

19. Texas A&M (5-2)

20. Michigan (5-2)

21. Louisville (7-0). Louisville is at Rutgers on Nov. 29. I hope both are 11-0 when they meet. I hope for a lot of things.

22. Louisiana Tech (6-1)

23. Toledo (6-1). Started the season with an overtime loss at Arizona. Beat previously unbeaten Cincinnati Saturday.

24. Wisconsin (6-2)

25. Penn State (5-2)

Here is the AP Top 25:

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Alabama (59) 7-0 1499

2 Oregon 7-0 1424

3 Florida (1) 7-0 1380

4 Kansas State 7-0 1333

5 Notre Dame 7-0 1241

6 LSU 7-1 1172

7 Oregon State 6-0 1106

8 Oklahoma 5-1 1065

9 Ohio State 8-0 1028

10 USC 6-1 944

11 Florida State 7-1 872

12 Georgia 6-1 745

13 Mississippi State 7-0 739

14 Clemson 6-1 713

15 Texas Tech 6-1 653

16 Louisville 7-0 620

17 South Carolina 6-2 591

18 Rutgers 7-0 539

19 Stanford 5-2 421

20 Michigan 5-2 300

21 Boise State 6-1 258

22 Texas A&M 5-2 252

23 Ohio 7-0 181

24 Louisiana Tech 6-1 106

25 West Virginia 5-2 76

Dropped from rankings: Cincinnati 21

Others receiving votes: Toledo 49, Texas 33, Wisconsin 31, TCU 29, Nebraska 24, Penn State 18, North Carolina State 13, Oklahoma State 12, Arizona 7, UCLA 7, Tulsa 6, Arizona State 5, Northern Illinois 5, Cincinnati 3

  

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