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Iowa State's Braxton Lewis tackles Texas Tech's Demarcus Felton during Saturday's game at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Iowa State won 31-13.

Things are relatively calm at the top of my ballot for this week's Associated Press college football poll, but for the first time there is Cyclone warning on the back end of the ballot.

Some of it has to do with scheduling -- three of my top 10 from a week ago were idle over the weekend -- and unlike last week when four of my top 10 went down only USC met that fate yesterday.

My top eight remain unchanged from last week with Alabama, Penn State, Georgia, TCU, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma State holding onto their spots.

Notre Dame moves from 14th to ninth this week following its 49-14 beat down of USC, which I dropped from ninth to 22nd.

Washington, idle this week, continues to hold the 10th spot.

The only team on my ballot from a week ago to lose was Michigan, pounded 42-13 at Penn State.

That dropped the Wolverines off of my ballot this time around. I had them in 17th a week ago.

Iowa State is my lone newcomer this week, moving into the 25th spot. Matt Campbell's team is one of a number of solid two-loss teams around the country but the play of the Cyclones' defense in Saturday's win at Texas Tech moved ISU onto my ballot this week.

That, along with the Cyclones' earlier road win at Oklahoma, illustrate signs of a team gaining traction midway through Campbell's second season.

Unbeaten TCU is the next test for Iowa State, visiting Jack Trice Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday.

Others I considered for the one open spot this week were one-loss Toledo and two-loss teams Mississippi State, LSU and Georgia Tech.

Here is my ballot for this week's AP 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. Notre Dame

10. Washington

11. Oklahoma

12. Clemson

13. Virginia Tech

14. Michigan State

15. South Florida

16. Washington State

17. North Carolina State

18. Central Florida

19. Auburn

20. West Virginia

21. Stanford

22. USC

23. Memphis

24. Texas A&M

25. Iowa State