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Kellis Robinett’s Top 25 AP ballot (Nov. 16): Florida State moves up to No. 1

Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey is congratulated by offensive tackle Cameron Erving after intercepting a pass thrown by Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya in the second half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida State defeated Miami 30-26.
Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey is congratulated by offensive tackle Cameron Erving after intercepting a pass thrown by Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya in the second half an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida State defeated Miami 30-26. 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: It’s getting harder and harder to separate the best teams in college football, but I ranked Florida State No. 1 for one simple reason: It is the only undefeated team in a power conference. Sure, the Seminoles aren’t dominating and their schedule lacks eye-popping victories, but wins are wins. Until Florida State loses, I will keep it ahead of one-loss teams. TCU moves up to No. 2 despite a narrow victory at Kansas. Some will likely punish the Horned Frogs for a less-than-stellar win against a below-average opponent, but it seems silly to punish a team for winning. Alabama climbs to No. 3 after knocking off previously No. 1 Mississippi State, and Oregon also joins the top four. Mississippi State checks in at No. 5 following its first loss.

Biggest jump: Wisconsin has been a hard team to figure. The Badgers opened with a loss to LSU and also fell to Northwestern early, but they have clobbered everyone else on their schedule. Because of a relatively soft schedule, I didn’t rank them last week. But they jump all the way up to No. 13 following a dominant victory over Nebraska. Georgia also made a big jump to No. 11 after beating Auburn.

Biggest drop: Nebraska has also been a hard team to figure. Last week, I ranked the Huskers No. 12, because they were 8-1 with the only loss coming to Michigan State. But Michigan State was the only quality team they played. Outside of that game, they hadn’t truly been tested. Well, they were tested once again Saturday against Wisconsin and barely put up a fight. The loss drops Nebraska 10 spots to No. 22.

See you later: Goodbye LSU, Clemson and Texas A&M. They all fell off my ballot with losses.

New arrivals: Welcome Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Missouri.

My top 25 (last week in parentheses):

1. Florida State (2)

2. TCU (3)

3. Alabama (4)

4. Oregon (5)

5. Mississippi State (1)

6. Ohio State (6)

7. Baylor (7)

8. Mississippi (10)

9. UCLA (11)

10. Kansas State (13)

11. Georgia (21)

12. Michigan State (14)

13. Wisconsin (NR)

14. Arizona (17)

15. Arizona State (8)

16. Colorado State (16)

17. Auburn (9)

18. Marshall (18)

19. Oklahoma (23)

20. Missouri (NR)

21. Notre Dame (15)

22. Nebraska (12)

23. Georgia Tech (NR)

24. Boise State (25)

25. Duke (20)

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

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