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West Virginia players Trevon Wesco, Reese Donahue and Michael Brown find a 42-41 win at Texas on Saturday worthy of taking time to celebrate with fans.

The easy part of my weekly ballot for the Associated Press college football poll lately has been filling in the first three lines.

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame continue to take care of business and for the third straight week have held down the top three spots.

Alabama and Clemson seemingly continue to toss aside anything that comes in their way, while Notre Dame isn't flashy but seemingly finds a way to get things done in a workmanlike fashion.

The Tide's shutout of a solid LSU team was impressive, even by Tide standards, and Georgia demonstrated that is the next-best team in the SEC in its handling of Kentucky.

The Bulldogs move back into my top five this week, right behind Michigan and replacing an LSU team it lost to earlier in the year in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world.

West Virginia moves into the top 10 at eight following the Mountaineers win over Texas.

There are plenty of changes further down the ballot, something that is becoming a weekly thing given the balance in the college game.

Three-loss Florida, Utah, Iowa and Virginia teams fall off this week as do two of last week's newbies, Houston and Georgia Southern.

Entering the fray for now are Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Army and San Diego State but expect more change.

Those bottom spots on the ballot have become like parking spots with 15-minute time limits, they're constantly churning.

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

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Notre Dame

4. Michigan

5. Georgia

6. Oklahoma

7. Ohio State

8. West Virginia

9. UCF

10. Washington State

11. LSU

12. Boston College

13. Kentucky

14. Syracuse

15. Utah State

16. Fresno State

17. Washington

18. Texas

19. Penn State

20. Mississippi State

21. North Carolina State

22. Cincinnati

23. Michigan State

24. Army

25. San Diego State

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