Matt Porter’s Associated Press college football ballot, Week 1

Mark Walton and Miami earned at least one vote in the AP top 25. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Mark Walton and Miami earned at least one vote in the AP top 25. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

What a fun opening week. We had games Thursday through Monday night, and some excellent ones at that. It completely lived up to the hype.

Here’s the ballot I will submit to the Associated Press this week. Note: I had Miami unranked — No. 26, actually — on my preseason AP ballot (which you can click here to see on the AP’s site). I ranked the Hurricanes this time out.

  1. Alabama (where I had ‘em last week: 1). If Tide isn’t unanimous, something’s wrong.
  2. Clemson (2). Went down to the wire with Auburn, but points for beating an SEC team.
  3. Michigan (3). How was the flight, Hawaii? Great. Here’s a 60-point loss.
  4. Florida State (6). Remarkable close by a never-quit team. Now about that first half …
  5. Ohio State (11). School-record offensive day against a good MAC outfit.
  6. Stanford (7). Two-score win over frisky Kansas State.
  7. Houston (12). Welcome to the top 10, Cougs. I’ll watch you every time I am able.
  8. Georgia (13). Looked strong in handling my former No. 19, UNC, at a “neutral” site.
  9. Oklahoma (4). Hoping for a season-opening rematch when Houston joins the Big 12.
  10. TCU (8). Up by attrition. South Dakota State scored 41 points? Woof.
  11. Mississippi (14). Obliterated FSU in the first half. Lost a 22-point lead.
  12. Oklahoma State (15). A 54-point win over an FCS team. Ho-hum.
  13. Washington (17). Went up by 45 points before calling off the dogs against Rutgers.
  14. Tennessee (10). Survived a one-dimensional App State offense. Can’t stop the run? Good luck in the SEC.
  15. LSU (5). Lost to unranked Wisconsin and should be highly concerned about its offense.
  16. Texas A&M (21). OT win over my former No. 22, UCLA.
  17. Louisville (24). Lamar Jackson set the difficulty slider to rookie mode.
  18. Michigan State (16). An adequate win over an FCS team. Cool. Fine.
  19. Wisconsin (NR). If the Badgers are really good, we might think differently about the Big Ten.
  20. Texas (NR). They always loved you, Charlie Strong!
  21. Notre Dame (9). Tough road loss, but Texas’ freshman QB lit up Irish secondary.
  22. Oregon (20). See Michigan State.
  23. Iowa (23). Let Miami of Ohio hang around too long, but whatever.
  24. North Carolina (19). Fought hard against Georgia at a “neutral” site.
  25. Miami (NR). Formerly No. 26 and flirted with the school record for point-scorin’. FCS opponent, sure, but Miami looked good. And others on shaky ground in this poll lost or didn’t look good. Many other voters will wait until App State on Sept. 17 to make a call on the Canes.

Dropped out: No. 17 USC (had the summer to prepare for Alabama and looked completely unprepared), No. 22 UCLA (tough call, since Bruins took Texas A&M to overtime on the road), No. 25 Florida (struggled to beat UMass, arguably the worst FBS team).

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