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Kellis Robinett’s AP Top 25 Ballot (Nov. 9)

Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) is stopped by LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (57) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13.
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) is stopped by LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (57) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Alabama won in overtime 20-13. 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: Alabama joins my top – along with Mississippi State, Florida State and TCU – following its win at LSU on Saturday. Oregon rounds out the top five, and moves up three spots, after its win over Utah. I all but booted Ohio State out of my top 25 after it lost to Virginia Tech, but the Buckeyes have surged all the way back up to No. 6 now that it has beaten Michigan State. Baylor climbs to No. 7 after its blowout victory at Oklahoma and Arizona State moves up to No. 8 following its win over Notre Dame.

Biggest jump: UCLA winning at Washington might not seem like a strong enough victory to move the Bruins up five spots to No. 11, but it was on the road. And, more importantly, its blowout victory at Arizona State earlier this season keeps looking better and better. UCLA was a winner on Saturday.

Biggest drop: Remember when it was hard to win at Oklahoma? Well, Memorial Stadium doesn’t seem like much of a fortress after Baylor smashed the Sooners on Saturday. The Sooners now have three losses, including two at home. Oklahoma still has some good wins on its resume, so it stays on my ballot. But it falls 10 spots to No. 23.

See you later: West Virginia and Utah both exit my ballot following losses. The Mountaineers suffered a bad loss against Texas, while the Utes lost badly to Oregon.

New arrivals: Greetings, Boise State. Welcome back, Texas A&M.

My top 25 (last week in parentheses):

1. Mississippi State (1)

2. Florida State (2)

3. TCU (3)

4. Alabama (5)

5. Oregon (8)

6. Ohio State (10)

7. Baylor (11)

8. Arizona State (12)

9. Auburn (4)

10. Mississippi (15)

11. UCLA (16)

12. Nebraska (14)

13. Kansas State (7)

14. Michigan State (9)

15. Notre Dame (6)

16. Colorado State (17)

17. Arizona (20)

18. Marshall (22)

19. LSU (19)

20. Duke (23)

21. Georgia (24)

22. Clemson (25)

23. Oklahoma (13)

24. Texas A&M (NR)

25. Boise State (NR)

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett. 

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