Charboneau's AP vote: No movement at the top

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Ezekiel Elliott and Ohio State solidified their spot at No. 1 after beating Virginia Tech on Monday night.

Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News has a ballot in the Associated Press college football poll this season. Here he explains how he voted this week.

It's hard to make too many declarations just one week into the college football season, and at the top of my Associated Press rankings, there wasn't much juggling.

Ohio State proved it's the best team in the country with its second half at Virginia Tech on Monday night and everyone else through No. 13 did what they needed to do, taking care of business. Some were more impressive – Notre Dame's win over Texas stood out and give the Irish a bump – while others weren't as much.

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The bottom half had more movement. Arizona State had the biggest drop, by far, going from No. 14 to No. 24 after losing to Texas A&M as the Aggies proved to be one of the biggest movers, going from No. 25 in my rankings to No. 19.

Wisconsin's loss to Alabama nearly dropped the Badgers out of the poll, but I kept them in at No. 23 considering the Crimson Tide is one of the best teams in the country.

Stanford, following its loss at Northwestern, was the only team to drop out of my poll after opening at No. 22. Mississippi State jumped in at No. 25 after its victory over Southern Mississippi.

A few are still close. Tennessee, Utah and BYU were all next on my list and could be cracking the top 25 soon.


(Last week in parentheses)

1. Ohio State (1)

2. TCU (2)

3. Alabama (3)

4. Baylor (4)

5. Michigan State (5)

6. Auburn (6)

7. Oregon (7)

8. Notre Dame (10)

9. Georgia (8)

10. Southern Cal (9)

11. Florida State (11)

12. Clemson (12)

13. LSU (13)

14. UCLA (15)

15. Georgia Tech (16)

16. Mississippi (19)

17. Arkansas (20)

18. Arizona (17)

19. Texas A&M (25)

20. Missouri (21)

21. Boise State (23)

22. Oklahoma (24)

23. Wisconsin (18)

24. Arizona State (14)

25. Mississippi State (NR)