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

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sources say we are down to 16 unbeaten teams in college football.

I have included all of them in my weekly Top 25, but almost certainly not in the order their fans prefer.

Big climbers this week: LSU, Michigan, Iowa, Houston (remember the Cougars?).

Big tumblers: Michigan State, Oklahoma, USC, Georgia.

Weekly disclaimer: I am NOT a voter in the Associated Press college football Top 25. But I do try to post my poll before the AP every Sunday. And I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

1. Utah (1 last week, beat California, 30-24) – Made California’s Jared Goff look like he wasn’t one of the nation’s Top 10 quarterbacks by picking five of his passes.

2. Ohio State (2, beat Maryland, 49-28) – Coach Meyer, your defense has allowed a combined 55 points against second division Big Ten teams the last two weekends. Your thoughts?

3. Baylor (3, beat Kansas, 66-7) – Sorry, Bears, no extra credit for JV victories.

4. LSU (7, beat South Carolina, 45-24) – Never mind the Heisman Trophy. Leonard Fournette for President.

5. TCU (4, beat Kansas State, 52-45) – The Horned Frogs are really good on the blocking part. The tackling? Not so much.

6. Michigan (16, beat Northwestern, 38-0) – The one loss was to Utah, and Michigan State comes to Ann Arbor Saturday. #HarbaughEffect.

7.  Clemson (8, beat Georgia Tech, 43-24) – Preach, Dabo Swinney. Preach. But don’t even consider Clemsoning to Boston College.

8.  Florida (9, beat Missouri, 21-3) – The early battle for coach of the year is between the Two Jims – Harbaugh of Michigan and McElwain of Florida.

9. Florida State (6, beat Miami, 29-24) – The Seminoles looked like a team that Louisville could beat this Saturday, although the early Sagarin numbers suggest FSU will be favored by 5.72.

10. Michigan State (5, beat Rutgers, 31-24) – Too many close calls for me. Sorry, Sparty.

11. Mississippi (11, beat New Mexico State, 52-3) – Anybody else think that Hugh Freeze likes to run it up on the little guys? Asking for a friend.

12. Alabama (12, beat Arkansas, 27-14) – The Crimson Tide visit College Station this weekend. Can’t afford another L.

13. Texas A&M (14, idle) – see above.

14. Notre Dame (15, beat Navy, 41-24) – The big USC game Saturday doesn’t seem very big thanks to Steve Sarkisian.

15. Stanford (18, idle) – No, the Cardinal do not play Utah. I checked. (At least, not before the Pac-12 title game.)

16. Oklahoma (10, lost to Texas, 24-17) – Probably should have dropped the Sooners even more, but it was a rivalry game and the Longhorns were desperate. (Congratulations, Charlie Strong.)

17. Iowa (25, beat Illinois, 29-20) – The Hawkeyes are the team to beat in the Big Ten West, in case you missed the memo.

18. Temple (20, beat Tulane, 49-10) – The Owls, Memphis and Houston give the AAC three unbeaten teams. No AAC bashing around here.

19. Toledo (22, beat Kent State, 38-7) – Rockets’ coach Matt Campbell is positioned to get a very nice promotion after the season.

20. Oklahoma State (23, beat West Virginia in OT, 33-26) – Yes, I am aware the Cowboys are unbeaten.

21. Memphis (24, idle) – The Tigers get Ole Miss in Memphis this weekend. Sounds like a happening, Elvis.

22. California (21, lost to Utah, 30-24) – Not a terrible defeat on the road.

23. Houston (not ranked, beat SMU, 49-28) – The combined record of the Cougars’ next three opponents is 4-12. Rolling.

24.  Boise State (not ranked, beat Colorado State, 41-10) – The Broncos are positioned to finish 11-1.

25. Northwestern (17, lost to Michigan, 38-0) – I’ll still give the Wildcats credit for handling Stanford in their opener even after they got Harbaughed Saturday.

Dropped out: Georgia, USC.

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