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Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson is one of three Hawkeyes preparing for Saturday's Senior Bowl along with cornerback Desmond King and quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Andy Abeyta, Quad-City Times

Throw out the records.

Forget about the past.

Rivalry week in college football lived up to the hype and that means there are a number of changes on my ballot for this week's Associated Press college football poll.

About the only thing that stays the same is are the teams at the top. Alabama and Ohio State continue to fill the top spots on the ballot.

The Tide fought off Auburn in the Iron Bowl, while the Buckeyes found a way to edge the team from up north in double overtime in a terrific game between the two Big Ten heavyweights.

I did drop Michigan from third to seventh this week after the Wolverines lost for the second time in two weeks on the road.

That moves Clemson, Washington, Oklahoma and Wisconsin all up one spot into the third through sixth positions.

The Badgers held onto Paul Bunyan's Axe because of a strong second-half defensive effort which turned things around in a win over Minnesota.

After Michigan in seven, I have Colorado, Penn State and Oklahoma State rounding out my top 10 for the week.

The real changes come in the bottom half of the ballot and are pretty reflective of the parity that exists in the game once you get below a handful of elite teams at the top.

Ten of the last 14 teams I had on my ballot a week ago lost over the weekend. Six of those teams didn't make the cut this week.

Houston, Boise State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Utah and Minnesota - the last three the last three listed on last week's ballot - are all off the list this time around.

USC and Navy benefit the most from the bottom falling out of last week's ballot, with the Trojans climbing from 21 to 14 and the Midshipmen moving from 22 to 18.

Stanford is the top team joining the ballot this week. The Cardinal have seemingly gotten their offensive act together and have recovered from back-to-back losses to Washington and Washington State to finish off a 9-3 regular season with six straight wins.

I have Stanford at 15, four spots in front of the next newcomer. Virginia Tech has been on and off my ballot all season. They're back on at 19 after warming up for the ACC title game with a win over Virginia.

Iowa returns this week as well, moving in at 20th following wins over second-ranked Michigan and 17th-rated Nebraska in two of the last three weeks.

Defense has made a difference in the Hawkeyes getting to eight wins. Iowa was ranked as high as the mid-teens on my ballot early in the season prior to losses to North Dakota State and Northwestern.

Pittsburgh at 21, LSU at 23 and a 10-2 South Florida team at 25 are also new to this week's ballot.

I dropped Nebraska from 18 to 24 following Friday's 40-10 loss at Kinnick Stadium, hanging on in part because of the relatively small pool of three-loss teams.

Here is my ballot for this week's Associated Press poll:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Washington

5. Oklahoma

6. Wisconsin

7. Michigan

8. Colorado

9. Penn State

10. Oklahoma State

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11. Western Michigan

12. West Virginia

13. Florida State

14. USC

15. Stanford

16. Louisville

17. Florida

18. Navy

19. Virginia Tech

20. Iowa

21. Pittsburgh

22. Auburn

23. LSU

24. Nebraska

25. South Florida

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