Here's my latest AP Top 25 ballot. Lots of changes, as is usual in week one.
6. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
14. Texas A&M
18. Penn State
19. Michigan State
21. Boise State
22. Arizona State
New to the poll
No. 17 Wisconsin: The Badgers smashed South Florida 49-0 on the road, and even if USF looked ... curiously detached ... from the results in the second half, performance is rewarded in my poll.
No. 21 Boise State: Beat Florida State 36-31 with a massive comeback in a game that was moved up in time and moved to FSU’s stadium. Impressive, given the circumstances.
No. 23 Stanford: Beat Northwestern 17-7 and controlled the game start to finish.
No. 25 Virginia: Won 30-14 at Pittsburgh behind a solid performance from its defense.
Out of the poll
Missouri: Lost at Wyoming. See ya.
Iowa State: Beat Northern Iowa 29-26 in triple overtime. FCS teams play with far fewer scholarships than FBS teams, which should win with superior depth.
Minnesota: Narrowly beat South Dakota State 28-21 and was lucky to do so. Games against Fresno State and Georgia Southern could get the Gophers back in the poll.
Mississippi State: Beat Louisiana 38-28 but had to strain to do so, especially on defense.
» Nebraska stays in, in part because it scored in all three phases and forced five takeaways, which are part of the method I use to rate teams. NU’s 14-point win wasn’t perfect but yardage totals are skewed because of the defensive touchdowns.
» LSU makes a big move in my poll after smashing Georgia Southern. Auburn does, too, for a comeback win over Oregon. Auburn didn’t look like the better team. Auburn looks like a three or four-loss team, to be frank. But, for now, it is in the top ten.
» Penn State jumps from 25 to 18, but I don’t love doing it, because Idaho, the team Penn State played, had zero chance of winning in Happy Valley. Idaho’s program is a shadow of what it was just seven years ago. It has dropped down to FCS after it was kicked out of the Sun Belt.
When was Nebraska last ranked No. 1? Husker football's entire history in the AP Top 25
How often has Nebraska football been ranked at each position? When did the Huskers first appear at No. 1? When was the last time NU was in the top 10? Check out this photo collection featuring how Nebraska has fared at each spot in the AP Top 25.