Charboneau’s AP vote: MSU leads mass exodus, WMU No. 24

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Western Michigan wide receiver D'Wayne Eskridge runs with the ball as Central Michigan defensive lineman Mike Danna (57) attempts to tackle him Saturday night.

Another week and that means even more jostling on my Associated Press top 25 ballot. Of course, not that much movement is taking place near the top.

Alabama and Ohio State firmly held the top two spots and Clemson showed some toughness against Louisville with a rally late against a good team. Michigan stays at No. 4 despite a shaky offensive performance in the win over Wisconsin while Washington is up to No. 5 after the blowout over Stanford.

The Cardinal take a significant drop to No. 15, but it’s in the bottom half of the rankings where things have gotten crazy. North Carolina makes a big jump from unranked to No. 17 after its win at Florida State while a bunch of losses near the bottom opened up a lot of spots.

Michigan State’s overtime loss moves them out of the top 25 while TCU, Texas, Utah, Georgia, San Diego State and Iowa all followed the Spartans.

Michigan No. 4 in AP poll, MSU drops out

Jumping back in were Oklahoma State and Oklahoma as well as Arkansas and UCLA. Florida is in for the first time on my ballot this season and in the No. 24 spot I finally caved in and ranked Western Michigan.

The Broncos have been on the verge for a few weeks but the drubbing of a pretty decent Central Michigan team on the road proved to me that Western Michigan deserves a spot.

MATT CHARBONEAU'S AP BALLOT

1. Alabama (last week: 1)

2. Ohio State (2)

3. Clemson (3)

4. Michigan (4)

5. Washington (9)

6. Houston (7)

7. Louisville (5)

8. Texas A&M (10)

9. Tennessee (12)

10. Baylor (11)

11. Nebraska (15)

12. Wisconsin (8)

13. Boise State (14)

14. Miami (19)

15. Stanford (6)

16. Ole Miss (21)

17. North Carolina (NR)

18. Oklahoma (NR)

19. Arkansas (NR)

20. Oklahoma State (NR)

21. Florida (NR)

22. LSU (25)

23. Florida State (13)

24. Western Michigan (NR)

25. UCLA (NR)