LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Blame Kent State as well as an Ohio State off week. Those are the primary items that separate us from a Number 1 vs. Number 2 meeting when Louisville and Clemson collide in South Carolina Saturday night.

But Kent State could not topple Alabama, losing 48-0 Saturday. Second-ranked Ohio State took the weekend off after dusting Oklahoma last week. The Buckeyes will take the weekends off against Rutgers and Indiana the next two Saturdays.

The official Associated Press college football Top 25 will be released Sunday at 2 p.m. Here is my Top 20 (and Bottom Five) because teams that are struggling deserve hugs, too.

TOP 20

1. Alabama (4-0) — The Crimson Tide play host to Kentucky Saturday and I don’t want to give Nick Saban any bulletin board material by uttering a discouraging word.

2. Louisville (4-0) — Only 59 on Marshall after averaging 65 the first three weeks? At this rate, the Cards will have to make 55 points work at Clemson.

3. Ohio State (3-0) — Sorry, Buckeyes. You took the weekend off -- I docked you even if reasonable voters will not.

4.  Clemson (4-0) — After several weekend of sleep-walking the Tigers looked like a playoff team while squashing Georgia Tech.

5. Michigan (4-0) — The Wolverines have yet to leave Ann Arbor -- and don't play a real road game until Oct. 29 because they’ll have as many fans at Rutgers (Oct. 8) as the Scarlet Knights.

6. Houston (4-0) — The Cougars, 64-3 winners against Texas State, are just trying to stay healthy until Louisville shows up Nov. 17

7. Stanford (3-0) — The Cardinal have beaten both Pac-12 Los Angeles teams. Now comes the main event — a trip to Washington Friday night.

8. Wisconsin (4-0) — Anybody still missing Bret Bielama in Madison these days? Just Mark Dantonio.

9. Washington (4-0) — The winner of the Stanford-Washingon game Friday becomes a playoff top 4 team. The loser? Don’t ask.

10. Tennessee (4-0) — Imagine what will happen if the Vols ever figure out how to play both halves?

11. Miami (3-0) — The exhibition season (Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State) is over. Time to see what Mark Richt can really do.

12. Florida State (3-1) — The Seminoles could have sagged after the Louisville beatdown. They did not.

13. Nebraska (4-0) — The Cornhuskers will be 7-0 when they arrive at Wisconsin Oct. 29.

14. Texas A&M (4-0) — They’ve put away the “Fire Kevin Sumlin” signs in College Station — for now.

15. Wake Forest (4-0) — Never mind the win at Indiana. The Demon Deacons also won at Duke which won at Notre Dame.

16. Neal Brown (3-1) — The former Kentucky offensive coordinator, now the head coach at Troy, backed up his win at Southern Miss by beating New Mexico State 52-6 a week after UK beat the Aggies, 62-42.

17. Virginia (1-3) — I didn’t think the Cavaliers were going to win a game for several weeks. Then they handled Central Michigan, which won at Oklahoma State.

18. Purdue (2-1) — Don’t look now but the Boilermakers have a better record than Notre Dame, Penn State or USC.

19. Memphis (3-0) — Memphis 77, Bowling Green 3. Ohio State 77, Bowling Green 10.

20. Vacant — Sorry, Missouri, I’m not giving extra credit for beating Delaware State, 79-0, with a shortened clock in the second half.


5. Indiana (2-1) — What team passes for 496 yards, outgains the opposing team by 259 yards and loses at home to Wake Forest?

4. Penn State (2-2) — The Nittany Lions are closer to IU, Maryland and Rutgers in the Big Ten East than they are to Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. So who gets the Penn State job?

3. Oregon (2-2) — The Ducks have been so shaky in September that Phil Knight is considering telling his alma mater to switch to Under Armour.

2. Les Miles (2-2) — Gerry DiNardo’s teams played better offense than the junk LSU is producing this season. Where are you hiding all those 5-star recruits, Les?

1. Brian Kelly (2-2) — The Notre Dame coach said every position is up for grabs after the Irish lost to Duke — and if you know the history of Charlie Weis, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie, that includes the head coach.

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