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One week left in the regular season and the rankings are as much of a mess as they have been all season. In a world where losing apparently doesn’t mean you drop anymore, my shot at the top 25 is as good as anybody’s, I guess, and the only thing that seems to remain constant is Alabama at the top.

From there? Good luck.

My Associated Press ballot saw some movement with the Louisville loss as the Cardinals at least helped the College Football Playoff committee a bit by eliminating itself with the loss to Houston. That doesn’t settle everything else as I kept Ohio State No. 2 on its quest to become a non-conference champion playoff team.

Makes sense, right?

Clemson and Michigan bump up a notch, but the Tigers and Wolverines have a clear path – win the next two games and you’re in, simple as that.

Wisconsin is hanging around, meaning if the Badgers win the Big Ten title game, they could get in with two losses, and how about Oklahoma, going on the road and beating West Virginia? Maybe the Big 12 isn’t dead yet.

From there it’s more shuffling. Florida’s win over LSU moves the Gators up and Penn State is at No. 11. Western Michigan I have at No. 14, which is down a spot by virtue of teams around them posting impressive wins. What doesn’t make sense is the committee has Boise State ahead of the Broncos, which could keep them from a New Year’s Six bowl game, and that would be a shame for an unbeaten team.

The rest of the rankings are a smorgasbord of teams that once dreamed of championships but are now just playing for bowl position.


1. Alabama (last week: 1)

2. Ohio State (2)

3. Clemson (4)

4. Michigan (5)

5. Wisconsin (6)

6. Oklahoma (8)

7. Washington (7)

8. Oklahoma State (10)

9. Florida (11)

10. Florida State (9)

11. Penn State (15)

12. Colorado (16)

13. Houston (21)

14. Western Michigan (13)

15. Louisville (3)

16. Southern Cal (18)

17. Boise State (19)

18. Auburn (20)

19. Nebraska (23)

20. West Virginia (14)

21. Stanford (24)

22. Tennessee (NR)

23. LSU (12)

24. Texas A&M (25)

25. Virginia Tech (NR)