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BOZICH | My week one college football top 25

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Rick Bozich ranks the Top 25 teams in college football. Rick Bozich ranks the Top 25 teams in college football.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Let me make one thing perfectly clear:

I am not a voter in the Associated Press college football Top 25 poll. I am a voter in the AP basketball poll.

I figured as long as I was ranking the basketball teams, why not rank the football teams, too? Consider it spring training for basketball season. It will lead me to watch more college football.

You can read, react and fuss. Just like basketball. A good time will be had by all.

Just having fun with this while updating my pre-season rankings after the first week of regular-season play -- and waiting for the updated AP Top 25 to be released Tuesday afternoon.

1. Ohio State (1 in pre-season poll) – The Buckeyes’ next road game is at Indiana Oct. 3. I believe tickets are still available if you want to see the 2015 national champions.

2. Alabama (3) – The Crimson Tide are good enough to roll any Big Ten team not named Ohio State. Nick Saban always has running back after running back after running back. How does he do that?

3. TCU (2) – Nice win at Minnesota, but not nice enough to make me believe the Horned Frogs can do the 12-0 thing.

4. USC (4) – The Trojans won easily against Arkansas State, and coach Steve Sarkisian didn’t say or do anything stupid. That’s a good week in Troy.

5. Michigan State (6) – The only thing the Spartans failed to do was convince the Big Ten league office to transfer them away from Ohio State into the West Division.

6. Baylor (5) – I know the Bears beat SMU, 56-21. But why am I having a hard time forgetting the score was 14-14 in the first quarter?

7. Georgia (7) – Somebody said callers to the Paul Finebaum Show were already bashing Mark Richt. That’s not supposed to happen until mid-October and the Bulldogs lose a game they should have won.

8. Notre Dame (9) – Everybody knew Texas had a miserable offense. But that was a Charlie Strong defense the Fighting Irish punished with 38 points.

9. Auburn (8) – The Tigers never trailed against Louisville, but they didn’t consistently look like a Final Four team either.

10. Florida State (10) – Life without Jameis Winston hasn’t been bad in Tallahassee. With four touchdowns, Everett Golson will manage at quarterback.

11. Oregon (11) – The Ducks are in East Lansing Saturday night. It’s a payback game for the Spartans. But I’ll give the Ducks bonus points for making the trip.

12 Louisiana State (12) – I'm not going to count a weather washout against Les Miles and his Tigers.

13. Clemson (13) – The Tigers are building a pretty significant injury list. They're in Louisville in nine days.

14. UCLA (14) – Fill in the blank: UCLA’s Josh Rosen is the best freshman quarterback since (_________).

15. Ole Miss (15) – Robert Nkemdiche for Heisman – and I'm not kidding.

16. Oklahoma (16) – The Sooners have a Show Me game Saturday at Tennessee – and Bob Stoops needs to show his fans he can still win a big game.

17. Arkansas (18) – This seems too high, but I guess I'm buying into the Bret Bielama hype, too.

18. Georgia Tech (20) – I wish Louisville played the Yellow Jackets this season because Tech runs the ball like crazy and does not play four-hour games.

19. Miami (21) – The Hurricanes aren't on many Top 25 lists. Maybe I have a soft spot for Al Golden, who headlines most Hot Seat lists.

20. Utah (22) – Nice, solid, convincing victory against the Harbaughs on opening night.

21. Boise State (23) – Chris Petersen's old program took care of Chris Petersen's new program Friday night. Maybe he took the wrong job.

22. Texas A&M (--) – The Aggies looked wonderful against Arizona State, but remember that they also looked wonderful against South Carolina in their opener last season and then fizzled.

23. Northwestern (--) -- Beat a Top 25 team like Stanford, hold them without a touchdown and I'll put you in my Top 25.

24. Tennessee (--) – The Volunteers have a Show Me game at home against Oklahoma Saturday. If the Vols win the S-E-C, S-E-C hype will get even louder.

25. BYU (--) – The Cougars lost their quarterback and needed a Hail Mary pass to survive, but winning at Nebraska is still worth something to me.

Dropped: Stanford, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech.

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