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AP Top 25 Takeaways: LSU's masterpiece, Michigan's mess

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates after connecting with wide receiver Justin Jefferson for a touchdown against Texas during their game Saturday in Austin, Texas.

Another week and more shuffling near the top of the Associated Press top 25.

I contributed to the movement.

Clemson, Alabama and Georgia held on to the top 3 spots, but that’s where the stability stops. Which makes sense seeing how I (and a lot of other people) still believe there’s clear separation between those three teams and everybody else for now. But LSU has had an impressive couple of weeks and looks like a legitimate playoff contender. On the other end of the spectrum, I dropped Stanford and Syracuse out after blowout losses to USC (which is without QB JT Daniels for the rest of the season) and Maryland, respectively.

Here’s how I voted in this week’s AP top 25.

1. Clemson (2-0): Texas A&M, ranked No. 12 before the weekend, was supposed to give the Tigers a real test, but Clemson dominated in as convincing of a win as you can have over a top-15 team (A&M scored a touchdown in the final seconds to make the score closer than it really was). Clemson has bonafide All-America candidates at quarterback, running back and receiver, and if the defense is going to play like it did Saturday (289 yards allowed), it’s going to be hard for anybody to keep Clemson from a fourth national championship game appearance in five years.

2. Alabama (2-0): New Mexico State was a sacrificial lamb in its 52-point loss in Tuscaloosa. At least the Aggies got a big payday out of it. It was a tuneup for the Crimson Tide ahead of its SEC opener at South Carolina this week.

3. Georgia (2-0): Murray State played Georgia even. For about a quarter. Then the Bulldogs’ talent took over as UGA found the end zone five times in the second on its way to a 63-17 rout of an FCS opponent. Jake Fromm was nearly perfect in the first half (10 of 11, 166 yards, 1 TD) and sat the rest of the game. UGA may not need him long next week either against Arkansas State.

4. Oklahoma (2-0): Jalen Hurts is apparently serious about this whole resurgence thing. South Dakota was his latest victim. The Alabama transfer needed just 14 completions to rack up 258 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. He added 59 rushing yards for good measure in the Sooners’ 56-point win. He’s accounted for nine touchdowns in his first two games at OU.

5. LSU (2-0): The Tigers move into my top 5 for the first time this season, and I seriously debated bumping them up two spots to No. 4. This move has less do with not being impressed by Ohio State (the Buckeyes shut out Cincinnati on Saturday and have outscored their first two opponents 87-21) and everything to do with what LSU is doing. The knock on the Tigers even going back to the Les Miles era has been quarterback play, but LSU looks like it finally has a legitimate answer there with Joe Burrow. All he’s done is throw for 749 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception through the first two weeks, including a 31-of-39, 471-yard,

4-TD mutilation of Texas’ defense on the road Saturday night.

6. Ohio State (2-0)

7. Florida (2-0)

8. Texas (1-1)

9. Texas A&M (1-1)

10. Notre Dame (1-0)

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11. Utah (2-0)

12. Wisconsin (2-0)

13. Auburn (2-0)

14. Michigan (2-0)

15. Oregon (1-1)

16. Penn State (2-0)

17. UCF (2-0)

18. Iowa (2-0)

19. Michigan State (2-0)

20. Washington State (2-0)

21. Washington (1-1)

22. Oklahoma State (2-0)

23. North Carolina (2-0)

24. Boise State (2-0)

25. Army (1-1)

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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