Charboneau's AP vote: Michigan drops to No. 5

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers is tackled by Iowa linebacker Bo Bower in the third quarter.

Well, the chaos we were all nearly certain would come has been dropped on us like the anvil Wile E. Coyote always seemed to end up under when going after the Roadrunner.

For college football, that means three of the top four teams in the country all lost on Saturday, and with just two weeks left in the regular season, it’s opened quite a few playoff scenarios, has two-loss teams starting to dream and has produced the classic phrase “our goals are still in front of us,” from the teams that lost a record 344 times since Saturday night.

OK, that might be exaggerating things, but needless to say, it’s gotten a lot more interesting, and I’ve done my best to sort it all out on my Associated Press top 25 ballot.

The only simple answer is that Alabama is No. 1. From there, good luck. You could take the next seven teams, shake them up in a hat and pull out a different one every time. I’m just saying, it’s tough to decipher.

With losses from Clemson, Michigan and Washington, I’ve jumped Ohio State to No. 2 and Louisville to No. 3. Yes, I know Clemson beat Louisville, but it was down to the wire and, I believe, either team could have won. Plus, Houston might do us all a favor and beat Louisville on Thursday, otherwise there’s an ACC team that’s gonna get left out with one loss, most likely.

As for Michigan and Ohio State, that one gets settled in two weeks, though if Ohio State wins and Penn State wins out – I’m having a hard time with this – Penn State could make the Big Ten title game and have a shot at the playoffs. Of course, Wisconsin might have something to say about that.

And how about Oklahoma, just sitting there winning. The Sooners finish with West Virginia and Oklahoma State. That’s no picnic, but if they win out, can you keep the Sooners out?

It’s all too much for me. Well, not too much to have Western Michigan at No. 13.

Anyway, here’s to the last couple of weeks. It should be fun – or chaotic.


1. Alabama (last week: 1)

2. Ohio State (6)

3. Louisville (5)

4. Clemson (2)

5. Michigan (3)

6. Wisconsin (7)

7. Washington (4)

8. Oklahoma (8)

9. Florida State (9)

10. Oklahoma State (10)

11. Florida (12)

12. LSU (13)

13. Western Michigan (15)

14. West Virginia (16)

15. Penn State (18)

16. Colorado (17)

17. Utah (20)

18. Southern Cal (NR)

19. Boise State (22)

20. Auburn (11)

21. Houston (25)

22. Washington State (NR)

23. Nebraska (24)

24. Stanford (NR)

25. Texas A&M (14)