Matt Porter’s Associated Press college football top 25 ballot, Week 4

 

Georgia Tech couldn't stop Deshaun Watson, who faces Louisville this week in one of the year's best matchups. (Getty Images)

Georgia Tech couldn’t stop Deshaun Watson, who faces Louisville this week in one of the year’s best matchups. (Getty Images)

Not too crazy a week (which was welcome; I was on vacation).

Glad I’m back in action. Some outstanding conference games on the docket, starting with Stanford-Washington on Friday (9 p.m., ESPN), Wisconsin-Michigan mid-Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC) and the big one, Louisville-Clemson (8 p.m., ABC). If you’re a Miami fan, you’re happy the Georgia Tech game is at noon (ESPN2).

It’ll be interesting to see whether Florida State can handle North Carolina’s offense, whether Tennessee can keep the momentum going at Georgia, and whether Oklahoma can get back into the AP poll with a win at TCU.

Here’s the ballot I submitted to the Associated Press early Sunday. Note: I ranked Miami No. 16 on last week’s ballot (which you can click here to see on the AP’s site). I moved the Hurricanes up a few spots this week.

  1. Alabama (1). Cupcake win and now gets Kentucky at home. Nice stretch.
  2. Ohio State (2). Saturday plan: beat Rutgers, scout Michigan-Wisconsin.
  3. Michigan (3). Pounded Penn State and now hosts Wisconsin.
  4. Louisville (4). Clemson week is here. Should be awesome.
  5. Houston (5). Needs to keep impressing. Nothing much on schedule until November.
  6. Clemson (7). Didn’t allow Georgia Tech anything in Louisville tuneup.
  7. Wisconsin (18). Badgers a playoff team? Chance to enter the race this week.
  8. Texas A&M (11). Stomped Arkansas, gets South Carolina before Vols-Tide combo.
  9. Stanford (6). Not dominating, but good road rally at UCLA.
  10. Washington (8). Finally, Huskies play someone. Stanford game’s a Friday must-see.
  11. Florida State (10). North Carolina’s not Louisville, but defense faces another test.
  12. Mississippi (14). Two losses, but could still be a factor in the SEC West.
  13. Miami (16). Mark Richt knows a thing or two about playing in Atlanta.
  14. Texas (19). After bye, opens Big 12 play at Oklahoma State.
  15. Tennessee (20). Got over the Florida hump. Class of a soft SEC East.
  16. Oklahoma (12). Can get back on the horse at TCU this week.
  17. Baylor (21). Beat a quality Oklahoma State team.
  18. Utah (NR). Off to another 4-0 start, but schedule’s not eye-catching.
  19. Nebraska (25). The season: at Wisconsin Oct. 29, at Ohio State Nov. 5.
  20. Arkansas (17). Alcorn this week, then hosts Bama and Ole Miss.
  21. Michigan State (9). Sparty went splat against Wisconsin.
  22. Georgia (15). Kirby Smart era off to a rocky start.
  23. North Carolina (22). Beat a stout Pitt squad, now has test at FSU.
  24. LSU (13). Thought they’d be a playoff contender and Les would be saved. Wrong.
  25. San Diego State (NR). Nice rushing attack, solid 3-0 start.

Dropped: No. 23 Florida (maybe that defense isn’t so good after all), No. 24 Notre Dame (we now know the Irish can’t stop anyone).

Also considered: TCU (3-1), Boise State (3-0), North Dakota State (3-0), Oklahoma State (2-2).

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