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Batterson's ballot: A quiet week, except in Ann Arbor

Batterson's ballot: A quiet week, except in Ann Arbor

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Wisconsin wide receiver Chimere Dike gets away from Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray during the first quarter of the Badgers' 49-11 rout Saturday night at Michigan Stadium.

With 12 of the top 25 teams in the Associated Press college football idle over the weekend, there isn't a lot of movement on my ballot for this week's poll.

Six of the teams I had listed in the 10 top last week were either scheduled to be off Saturday or were idled because of COVID-19 issues.

The result is a top-10 that has just one change. I flipped Indiana and Georgia into the 10 and 11 spots following the Hoosiers' shutout effort at Michigan State.

The top nine is unchanged from last week with Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson and Oregon filling my top five positions.

Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati, BYU and Indiana are next in line.

I did move Wisconsin up a pair of spots from 14 to 12 following its impressive return to competition at Michigan. I wasn't surprised that the Badgers won in Ann Arbor, but their sheer dominance in the 49-11 was noteworthy after being idle the two previous weeks.

Two early picks sent that game spiraling into the rout it was but it also indicates where the Wolverines are at right now. This is a young Michigan team in a lot of areas, particularly on defense, and it is playing that way right now.

The Badgers move into a spot where I had Miami (Fla.) last week. After a close call with Virginia Tech (25-24), I flipped Wisconsin and the Hurricane this week.

I did the same in the 19 and 20 spots, moving Northwestern up one position to 19th following its win at Purdue and dropping USC one slot after it escaped for a second straight week with a 34-30 win over Arizona.

Among the 13 teams from ballot that did play over the weekend, Army and SMU were the only two to lose. Army was hammered by Tulane 38-12 and once-beaten Tulsa edged SMU 28-24.

Those two teams drop off my ballot from the 21 and 23 spots. Moving in this week at 24 and 25 are two teams that have previously appeared on my ballot, North Carolina (6-2) and Louisiana (7-1).

Here is my ballot for this week's AP poll, which is scheduled to be released around 1 p.m. today:

1. Alabama (6-0)

2. Ohio State (3-0)

3. Notre Dame (8-0)

4. Clemson (7-1)

5. Oregon (2-0)

6. Texas A&M (5-1)

7. Florida (5-1)

8. Cincinnati (7-0)

9. BYU (8-9)

10. Indiana (4-0)

11. Georgia (4-2)

12. Wisconsin (2-0)

13. Oklahoma State (5-1)

14. Miami (Fla.) (7-1)

15. Iowa State (5-2)

16. Oklahoma (5-2)

17. Marshall (7-0)

18. Coastal Carolina (7-0)

19. Northwestern (4-0)

20. USC (2-0)

21. Texas (5-2)

22. Liberty (8-0)

23. Auburn (4-2)

24. North Carolina (6-2)

25. Louisiana (7-1)


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