Week 8: My AP Top 25 ballot

Here's a look at who I ranked and where this week on my AP Top 25 ballot.

Sorry for the late delivery this week, but better late than never, here's how I voted in this week's AP poll.

Not a lot of shuffling in the top 10 as those teams held serve for the most part.

Michigan State and Georgia were the big movers this week, and Texas A&M, USC and SMU jumped into my poll – the Aggies and Trojans making returns and the Mustangs for the first time.

Oct. 16 AP poll

1. LSU (7-0):
Tigers shrugged off a sluggish start and notched what might've been their most impressive offensive game of the season with a methodical second-half ground assault.

2. Oklahoma (6-0): Sooners had a tussle on their hands with Kansas before pulling away. That was likely their letdown game after blasting Texas.

3. Alabama (7-0): Ole Miss punched the Crimson Tide in the mouth and Alabama responded by punching a lot more and a lot harder.

4. Wisconsin (6-0): Badgers keep rolling without much trouble. Big test this week in East Lansing, though.

5. Stanford (6-0): Cardinal's prolific offense has shown no signs of slowing down through six games, with 44 points or more in five of the wins.

6. Oklahoma State (6-0): Cowboys had a letdown by their standards, scoring only 38 points last week. Now they hit a tricky stretch with games against Missouri, Baylor and Kansas State.

7. Boise State (6-0): Kellen Moore just keeps putting up big numbers that very few people know about. Broncos could be headed toward another unbeaten season of frustration.

8. Clemson (7-0): Tigers had to show a little spit and vinegar to rally past and then outlast Maryland.

9. Oregon (5-1): The Ducks fared much better in their second game of the season against a ranked foe. But injuries are starting to be a problem.

10. Arkansas (5-1): Razorbacks are flying under the radar in the SEC West and have an offense capable of beating anybody.

11. West Virginia (5-1): Like Oregon, the Mountaineers have survived a loss to LSU by bouncing back with a vengeance with two lopsided wins.

12. Virginia Tech (6-1): Hokies have settled back in after losing to Clemson and could be rolling toward an ACC Championship Game rematch with the Tigers.

13. South Carolina (6-1): Gamecocks are reeling with the loss to Marcus Lattimore and have a week off to prepare for a three-game SEC stretch run.

14. Kansas State (6-0): Wildcats don't win pretty or big, they just win Five of their victories have come by seven points or fewer.

15. Michigan State (5-1): Spartans made a big statement by handing Michigan its first loss of the season last week. State can obliterate that by doing the same with Wisconsin this week.

16. Nebraska (5-1): Huskers should be well rested and confident coming off their bye and poised to make a run in the Big Ten Legends Division.

17. Michigan (6-1): Wolverines have some wounds to lick after losing to Michigan State, and a perfect opponent to heal up against this week in Purdue.

18. Georgia (5-2): Bad postgame behavior aside, the Bulldogs are playing their best football of the season – beating Vanderbilt this season is, in fact, a big deal.

19. Georgia Tech (6-1): The Yellow Jackets had flirted with disaster for a few weeks and finally found it against Virginia. Now a showdown with Virginia Tech in a few weeks is that much bigger.

20. Arizona State (5-2): Sun Devils had their chances against Oregon but didn't have the defensive chops to hold down an offense with a backup QB. ASU might get another shot at the Ducks if it can recover quickly.

21. Auburn (5-2): Tigers keep winning games when they're counted out against the East Division frontrunners. But this week is a whole different kettle of stew.

22. Texas A&M (4-2): Aggies surge back into the poll with their most impressive win of the season. Could they be a thorn in OU's side?

23. USC (5-1): Trojans turned in their most complete game this season to wallop Cal and now get a stern test in South Bend.

24. SMU (5-1): No letdown after beating TCU as the Ponies routed fellow C-USA perennial contender UCF. Three tough road games ahead, though, starting this week at Southern Miss.

25. Illinois (6-1): Had the Illini lost to Ohio State in most other seasons, it might not be that big a deal. This season? Huge disappointment.

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