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Four scores of 70 set record for college football’s Top 25

09/22/2013 2:38 PM

09/22/2013 2:38 PM

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.

For a weekend, the confines of college football made for a relatively dull place. A scarcity of high-profile games and story lines led to few surprises. And the vanilla-flavored results meant an overall theme of sameness in the Associated Press Top 25 poll when it hit the wire on Sunday.

The top 14 teams in the poll held their place from last week, and the same was nearly true on my ballot. So let’s get to this week’s ballot. As always, the teams’ actual rankings are in parentheses, and we offer a few brief poll thoughts below.

1 Alabama (1)

2 Oregon (2)

3 Ohio State (4)

4 Clemson (3)

5 Stanford (5)

6 LSU (6)

7 Texas A (10)

8 Louisville (7)

9 Georgia (9)

10 Florida State (8)

11 Oklahoma State (11)

12 South Carolina (12)

13 Oklahoma (13)

14 Washington (16)

15 Miami (15)

16 UCLA (13)

17 Michigan (18)

18 Baylor (18)

19 Florida (20)

20 Northwestern (17)

21 Ole Miss (21)

22 Notre Dame (22)

23 Fresno State (25)

24 Texas Tech (24)

25 Arizona State (NR)

Dropped out: Wisconsin (No. 25)

Dropped in: Texas Tech (No. 24)

POLL THOUGHTS:

•  No. 4 Ohio State put up a cool 76 points on Florida A in a 76-0 thrashing. Three other ranked teams put up 70 (Baylor, Miami and Louisville), making for a historic weekend. According to the Associated Press, never before had more than two ranked teams scored 70 or more on the same weekend.

•  No. 5 Stanford more or less solidified its place among the nation’s title elite with a 42-28 victory over No. 23 Arizona State. The Cardinal staked a 29-0 lead in a dominating performance — before the Sun Devils cut into the lead in the fourth quarter. But what of Arizona State? Last week, the Sun Devils claimed

a controversial victory

over Wisconsin after a wild final sequence. This week, they lost to a top-five team, while Wisconsin rebounded by rolling over Purdue.

Tainted victory or not, it felt odd ranking a one-loss Wisconsin team over a one-loss Arizona State, considering, of course, the Sun Devils

gave

the Badgers that loss. That meant Wisconsin, fairly or not, was the odd-team out after Texas Tech, 4-0, stayed unbeaten against Texas State. If any team is worthy of being ranked No. 25b, it would be Wisconsin.

• It’s tough to find much separation between three teams ranked smack-dab in the middle of the poll. Washington, Miami and UCLA all feature quality wins; Washington manhandled Boise State; UCLA outclassed Nebraska; and Miami topped in-state rival Florida.

UCLA and Washington will eventually meet — on Nov. 15 at the Rose Bowl — but we should know a lot more about the teams by then. UCLA next plays at Utah on Oct. 3, while Washington plays host to Arizona this week before traveling to Stanford on Oct. 5. As for Miami, the Hurricanes’ next major test could be a month away, when they travel to Florida State on Nov. 2.

•  Michigan keeps winning, and keeps falling in the polls. After the Wolverines got somewhat of a pass for a close call against Akron last week, Michigan backed up the sloppy performance with another mess against a winless UConn team. Fortunately, Brady Hoke has a bye week to find some answers.

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