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BOZICH | My weekly (before the AP) Top 25 college football poll

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Rick Bozich of WDRB Sports ranks his Top 25 college football teams. Rick Bozich of WDRB Sports ranks his Top 25 college football teams.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Top 25 turmoil? No question.

Mark it down as the most intriguing weekend of the 2015 college football season, a direct result of the accelerated pace of conference play.

Some numbers: Seven teams ranked in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 tumbled. Two (UCLA, Wisconsin) slipped against unranked opponents. Three fell to lower ranked teams. Five lost by double figures. Ohio State and Michigan State did nothing to brag about.

Time for my latest Top 25 – with the weekly disclaimer that I AM NOT a voter in the AP Top 25. Just a guy trying to track the twists and turns of this college football season. And spark conversation.

1. Utah (4-0, 2 in my poll last week) -- You probably disagree. You probably can’t name another team with two better wins than Michigan and at Oregon.

2.  Ohio State (5-0, 1)– The Buckeyes keep winning. The Buckeyes also keep leaving you expecting more.

3. Baylor (4-0, 5)– Tough to beat a team averaging more than 60 points per game.

4.  TCU (5-0, 7) – In case you are wondering, and I am, TCU and Baylor play Nov. 27.

5. Michigan State (5-0, 4) – If that was the best the Spartans can do against Purdue, I had to mark them down.

6. Florida State (4-0, 9) – No signature wins on the resume, but Jimbo Fisher has a talented defense.

7. Louisiana State (4-0, 10) – Only up on Eastern Michigan by eight moving into the fourth quarter? What’s up with that, Les Miles?

8. Clemson (4-0, 12) – Survived Notre Dame, but beware the letdown against sagging Georgia Tech this week.

9. Florida (5-0, not ranked) – Three SEC victories, including a thunderous K.O. of Mississippi. Didn’t see that coming.

10. Oklahoma (4-0, 13) – The Sooners are tucked quietly behind the Big Two of the Big 12, and I believe Bob Stoops likes it that way. For now.

11. Mississippi (4-1, 3) – I considered a larger fall for the Rebels, but I could not rank them behind Alabama, not after their big win at Tuscaloosa.

12. Alabama (4-1, 14) – Where has that offense been all season?

13. USC (3-1, 15) – The Trojans experience the benefits of an idle weekend.

14. Texas A&M (5-0, 17) – One of three remaining unbeatens in the SEC. Keep an eye on the Aggies, who have a week off before playing Alabama.

15. Notre Dame (4-1, 8) – Not a bad loss at Clemson, except for all those killer turnovers.

16. Michigan (4-1, 18) – Jim Harbaugh’s team has allowed 14 points in its last four games, if defense matters to you.

17. Northwestern (5-0, 19) – Guess who is the new favorite in the Big Ten East? Pat Fitzgerald is the solid leader for Big Ten coach of the year.

18. Stanford (4-1, 24) – That opening burp at Northwestern no longer looks so terrible.

19. Georgia (4-1, 6) – It’s true. Bulldogs’ fans were so annoyed by the Alabama loss that #FireMarkRicht was trending on Twitter Saturday night.

20. Temple (4-0, 20) – Respect for the Owls for another week.

21. California (5-0, 22) – Don’t overlook Sonny Dykes in your Coach of the Year conversation, especially if the Bears beat Utah this weekend.

22. Toledo (4-0, 21) – Always respect the best team in the Mid-American Conference.

23. Oklahoma State (5-0, 23) – I like the way the Cowboys score. I don’t like the way they defend.

24. Memphis (5-0, 25) – The Tigers have an extra week to prepare for their home game against Ole Miss -- a game Memphis can win.

25. Iowa (5-0, not ranked) – By now, the Hawkeyes have usually lost a game they were not supposed to lose. Hasn’t happened. Big game with Illinois Saturday. Really, it is.

DROPPED OUT: UCLA (11), Miami (16).

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