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Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor runs past Michigan's Josh Metellus during the second half of the Badgers' win Saturday, a rare competitive game played by top-five teams in the Associated Press poll.

Thanks in part to inexcusable number of late-season cupcakes that top-rated teams feasted on Saturday, there really wasn't much of a chance for change at the top of my ballot for this week's Associated Press college football poll.

Alabama, Clemson and Auburn all routed nonconference opponents they had no business playing this late in the season, creating part of the stability that exists on a ballot which sees the top nine spots unchanged from a week ago.

Miami and Wisconsin withstood league challenges and line up behind the Crimson Tide at the top of my ballot.

Clemson and Oklahoma sit in fourth and fifth, with Ohio State, Auburn, Georgia, Penn State and Notre Dame rounding out my top 10.

Oklahoma State, 10th last week, drops to 16th after its loss to Kansas State.

The changes this week are where they have been continuously this season, in the bottom 7-8 spots and reflecting the parity that exists within that 18-40 range in college football.

Four of my bottom eight from a week ago lost last week.

Three -- West Virginia, North Carolina State and Army -- are not on this week's ballot. Michigan dropped four spots but hung in there at 25th after testing the Badgers on the road Saturday.

Joining the fray for now are a pair of 8-3 teams, LSU and Northwestern, and 9-2 Boise State.

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

1. Alabama

2. Miami (Fla.)

3. Wisconsin

4. Clemson

5. Oklahoma

6. Ohio State

7. Auburn

8. Georgia

9. Penn State

10. Notre Dame

11. USC

12. Central Florida

13. Washington State

14. Washington

15. TCU

16. Oklahoma State

17. Memphis

18. Stanford

19. Michigan State

20. Mississippi State

21. South Florida

22. LSU

23. Northwestern

24. Boise State

25. Michigan

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