Dungey has 3 TD passes, Syracuse stuns No. 2 Clemson 27-24

Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is upended by Syracuse defensive back Evan Foster (14) and defensive back Jordan Martin (2) during the first half of Syracuse's win over the Tigers on Friday.

Adrian Kraus

It's that time of the year.

Things don't always hold true to form for college football teams. Ask Oklahoma a week ago. Ask Clemson on Friday night.

Ask Washington, Washington State, Auburn, San Diego State, Georgia Tech, Navy and Texas Tech who joined the Tigers as teams on my ballot for the Associated Press college football which lost over the weekend.

Four of those teams aren't on my ballot this week. The other four took a bit of a hit somewhat cushioned this time around by the number of top teams losing.

I dropped Oklahoma 14 spots a week ago after losing to 31-point underdog Iowa State. Clemson is only moving down nine after its loss to 27-point underdog Syracuse on Friday night.

I did bump the Sooners back in front of the Tigers, they same spot they were in two two weeks ago before the mid-season losses.

The mid-season shake up shakes out this way on my top five, which starts again with Alabama and Penn State for the second straight week.

The Tide, which beat up Arkansas yesterday, host Tennessee next weekend while the Nittany Lions had a bye last week to prepare for a string of tests which begins with Michigan next weekend followed by road games at Ohio State and Michigan State the next two weeks.

Georgia climbs into the third spot on my ballot this week, with TCU, Wisconsin and Ohio State filling the next three spots. I have Miami (Fla.) in seventh with Oklahoma State, USC and Washington coming off a 13-7 loss to Arizona State rounding out my top 10 for this week.

On the bottom end, the first losses of the season dropped San Diego State and Navy off my ballot. Georgia Tech and Texas Tech exited as well.

This weeks's newbies are Stanford at 21, West Virginia at 23, Memphis at 24 and Texas A&M at 25, all positioned in a bottom five which has been and will likely remain very fluid.

Here is my ballot for this week's Associated Press poll, which will be released early this afternoon:

1. Alabama

2. Penn State

3. Georgia

4. TCU

5. Wisconsin

6. Ohio State

7. Miami (Fla.)

8. Oklahoma State

9. USC

10. Washington

11. Oklahoma

12. Clemson

13. Virginia Tech

14. Notre Dame

15. South Florida

16. Michigan State

17. Michigan

18. North Carolina State

19. Washington State

20. Central Florida

21. Stanford

22. Auburn

23. West Virginia

24. Memphis

25. Texas A&M