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Charboneau's AP vote: Clemson still better than Michigan

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers celebrates as he walks off the field after the game.

Well, at least we came close to some changes at the top. Instead, Clemson proved me right by keeping the Tigers at No. 2 ahead of Michigan last week after all.

It’s not exactly easy to go on the road and beat Florida State, but Clemson did just that and had to rally from a fourth-quarter deficit to do so. Now the Tigers have a fairly manageable path to the ACC title game, though a visit from Pittsburgh in a couple weeks will be no picnic.

As for the Wolverines, they took care of business by dispatching Michigan State, though not in quite the fashion we expected. In fact, we could make a case – again – that Washington should move ahead after a win at Utah. Nonetheless, my top six stay the same.

Wisconsin moves up after handing Nebraska its first loss while unbeatens like Boise State, Baylor and West Virginia take a bit of a tumble.

Western Michigan didn’t play, but the Broncos go up one by virtue of the losses ahead of them. And Penn State is on my ballot for the first time this season.

Michigan still No. 2 in AP college football poll

MATT CHARBONEAU'S AP BALLOT

1. Alabama (last week: 1)

2. Clemson (2)

3. Michigan (3)

4. Washington (4)

5. Louisville (5)

6. Ohio State (6)

7. Wisconsin (10)

8. Oklahoma (11)

9. Florida (13)

10. Texas A&M (19)

11. LSU (15)

12. Baylor (7)

13. Nebraska (8)

14. Oklahoma State (17)

15. Florida State (12)

16. Auburn (20)

17. Western Michigan (18)

18. West Virginia (14)

19. Colorado (21)

20. Utah (16)

21. North Carolina (23)

22. Boise State (9)

23. Houston (25)

24. Penn State (NR)

25. Virginia Tech (NR)