T25--AP Preseason All-America Team Football

Tailback Saquon Barkley is among the early favorite for the Heisman Trophy and among three key playmakers returning for Penn State this fall.


There were a few hints of things to come as a few top 25 teams tasted their first conference action over the weekend.

The outcomes are reflected in my ballot for this week's Associated Press college football poll. Sorry, LSU.

I tweaked my top 10 a bit after USC went into double overtime before getting past Texas and Oklahoma State handled Pitt 59-21 on the road behind the work of Mason Randolph.

The top is unchanged with Alabama and Oklahoma in the 1-2 spots. I moved Penn State in front of USC this week in third and Clemson, Washington and Wisconsin in the fifth through seventh spots for the time being.

Clemson's 47-21 beat down of Louisville was impressive and will likely clear the way for the Tigers to return to the ACC title game in a couple months.

I flipped Oklahoma State and Ohio State in the eighth and ninth spots this week on the basis of the Cowboys' work at Pitt.

Georgia jumps into the 10th position this week and Michigan continues its rise on my ballot, moving up to 11th with a workmanlike win over Air Force.

Losses by LSU to Mississippi State and Louisville dropped those teams to 19th and 20th this week.

Kansas State and Stanford exited my top 25 this week, replaced by San Diego State at 22 and Vanderbilt at 25.

The Aztecs have won two straight against teams from Power 5 conferences, including a 20-17 win over Stanford on Saturday. Vanderbilt moves in after moving to 3-0 with a win over a solid Kansas State team. The Commodores' defense has been dominant, allowing 13 points in three games but Vanderbilt will be tested by Alabama next weekend.

My ballot for this week's Associated Press poll:

1. Alabama

2. Oklahoma

3. Penn State

4. USC

5. Clemson

6. Washington

7. Wisconsin

8. Oklahoma State

9. Ohio State

10. Georgia

11. Michigan

12. Florida State

13. Virginia Tech

14. TCU

15. Auburn

16. Miami (Fla.)

17. Florida

18. South Florida

19. LSU

20. Louisville

21. Utah

22. San Diego State

23. Colorado

24. Washington State

25. Vanderbilt