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Last week's ballot
Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#11), Houston (#13), UCLA (#16), Oklahoma State (#25).
There was little action in the top of my ballot, with just LSU having yet another close call. There's a lot of upheaval between Nos. 10 and 20 and four new teams made it into the ballot this week.
* We're down to just 13 teams with unbeaten records in all of Division I-A, and all of them are on my ballot, with Wisconsin bringing in the rear at No. 21. When a team goes 4-0 or 5-0, it's doing something right, even if it's against less-than-stellar competition. Each of those unbeaten teams have already won at least a couple of conference games.
* USC leads the chase pack, tops among 1-loss teams. At this point in the season, there is no reason to put any team with two losses in the top 25. That's why Oklahoma, despite two tough losses against top teams, is no longer on the ballot.
* Houston's loss is inexplicable and inexcusable. Giving up 58 points to UTEP shows that the Cougars are not ready for prime time. Another team that's always had some kind of a big game-itis is Cal, who has now been outscored, 72-6, in its last two games. But the Bears were out of my ballot already last week anyway.