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Kellis Robinett’s Top 25 AP Ballot (Nov. 2)

Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson (21) tackles Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray. (Nov.1, 2014)
Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson (21) tackles Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray. (Nov.1, 2014) Associated Press

An exciting weekend of college football led to some changes in my latest top 25 ballot.

Let’s break them down:

Movement up top: Mississippi’s loss to Auburn gave everyone in the bottom half of the top 10 a chance to move up. Ole Miss has played well this season, beating Alabama and Boise State and winning its first seven games, but back-to-back losses (even against LSU and Auburn) will send it tumbling down the standings. I dropped the Rebels 10 stops to No. 15. Georgia also dropped (way) out of the top 10 after its humiliating loss to Florida.

Biggest jump: Colorado State took advantage of a series of losses from teams in the middle of the polls. With West Virginia, Arizona, Utah and Georgia all going down, the Rams jumped up five spots to No. 17. They have quietly built a nice resume, winning eight of their first nine games with solid victories over Colorado, Boston College, Nevada and Utah State. This team is the class of the Mountain West, and possibly the best team outside the power conferences.

Biggest drop: Georgia was in danger of falling completely off my ballot following its 38-20 loss to Florida. The Gators have been one of the nation’s most disappointing teams this season, failing to even put up a fight against Missouri (at home) last week. Yet, they brushed themselves off and obliterated the Bulldogs, who also have an inexcusable loss at South Carolina. Ranked teams should win both those games. Georgia falls to No. 24, staying on my ballot because it has played well in its six victories.

See you later: East Carolina says goodbye after a 20-10 loss to Temple.

New arrivals: Greetings, Duke! With just one loss, the Blue Devils could be the class of the ACC, behind Florida State.

My top 25 (last week in parentheses):

1. Mississippi State (1)

2. Florida State (2)

3. TCU (3)

4. Auburn (4)

5. Alabama (6)

6. Notre Dame (7)

7. Kansas State (8)

8. Oregon (9)

9. Michigan State (11)

10. Ohio State (12)

11. Baylor (13)

12. Arizona State (14)

13. Oklahoma (15)

14. Nebraska (19)

15. Mississippi (5)

16. UCLA (21)

17. Colorado State (22)

18. West Virginia (16)

19. LSU (24)

20. Arizona (17)

21. Utah (18)

22. Marshall (23)

23. Duke (NR)

24. Georgia (10)

25. Clemson (25)

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