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Rustin Dodd’s weekly AP ballot

Updated: 2013-10-27T19:23:31Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

Editor’s note: The Star’s Rustin Dodd has a vote in the Associated Press poll this college football season. Each week, he’ll provide an explanation for his ballot.

Let’s get right to the ballot, where the pool of undefeated title contenders was whittled down to six. (As always, the team’s actual ranking is in parentheses.)

1. Alabama (1)

2. Oregon (2)

3. Florida State (3)

4. Ohio State (4)

5. Baylor (5)

6. Stanford (6)

7. Miami (7)

8. Missouri (10)

9. Auburn (8)

10. Clemson (9)

11. Texas A&M (12)

12. LSU (11)

13. Fresno State (16)

14. Oklahoma (13)

15. Texas Tech (15)

16. South Carolina (14)

17. Oklahoma State (18)

18. Wisconsin (22)

19. UCLA (17)

20. Central Florida (19)

21. Louisville (20)

22. Northern Illinois (21)

23. Michigan (23)

24. Notre Dame (NR)

25. Arizona State (25)

POLL THOUGHTS

• Of the seven remaining undefeated teams in BCS conferences, Miami is the only team that doesn’t feel like a real contender. (After a mediocre performance against Wake Forest, Miami dropped below one-loss Stanford on the ballot.) We’ll find out for sure on Saturday, when the Hurricanes travel to No. 3 Florida State.

• Baylor has a similar test looming: The Bears are off this weekend, but they’ll play host to Oklahoma on Thursday, Nov. 7.

• Missouri’s home loss to South Carolina was disastrous, but its overall resume is still strong. The Tigers’ one loss is not as ugly as Auburn’s (35-21 at LSU) or Clemson’s (51-14 at home against Florida State).

• Ohio State handled its business against Penn State, but the Buckeyes’ schedule is still an issue when stacked up against the other undefeated teams. Their last four regular-season games: at Illinois, at Purdue, Indiana and at Michigan.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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