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Iowa State's Joel Lanning (7) sacks Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) in the fourth quarter Saturday in Norman, Okla. Lanning played both linebacker and quarterback in the Cyclones' win.


Saturday turned out to be an upsetting day for a couple of college football's bluebloods.

Iowa State's gritty 38-31 win at Oklahoma and Michigan State's hard-earned 14-10 win in a downpour at Michigan sent the traditional powers south in my ballot for this week's Associated Press poll.

I dropped the Sooners from second to 16th this week and the Wolverines from 10th to 20th this time around.

Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Washington and Georgia top my ballot this week.

The Tide -- even with a rare turnover this week -- remain the Tide and a closer look at the Nittany Lions illustrates that Penn State is more than Saquon Barkley, Trace McSorley and Mike Gesicki. The Nittany Lions can 'D' it up as well, a major area of growth of a team that I see being at the same level as Clemson but I'll maintain the pecking order I've had them in all season until results on the field dictate otherwise.

Wisconsin, Ohio State, TCU, Washington State and Auburn round out my top 10 this week.

There is more movement on the back end of the ballot this week. Florida, Louisville, Utah and West Virginia are not listed this week following losses.

That opens room for Michigan State to move in at 19, one spot below the Notre Dame team it lost to and one spot in front of Michigan.

Other newcomers on my ballot this week fill the final three holes. Unbeaten UCF and Navy are at 23 and 24 and at 25, I'm giving the nod this week to Texas Tech.

Quarterbacked by former Iowa QB Nic Shimonek, the Red Raiders' lone loss this season is a seven-point setback to Oklahoma State.

Here is my ballot for this week's AP poll:

1. Alabama

2. Penn State

3. Clemson

4. Washington

5. Georgia

6. Wisconsin

7. Ohio State

8. TCU

9. Washington State

10. Auburn

11. Miami (Fla.)

12. Oklahoma State

13. USC

14. Virginia Tech

15. South Florida

16. Oklahoma

17. San Diego State

18. Notre Dame

19. Michigan State

20. Michigan

21. North Carolina State

22. Georgia Tech

23. UCF

24. Navy

25. Texas Tech