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4. Ohio State
2. Oregon (4)
1. Alabama (56)
3. Ohio State
2. Oregon (3)
1. Alabama (59)
*First-place votes in parentheses
Neither poll shifted any of the Top Five teams after last weekend's action.
The Ducks didn't have to show their explosive offense to gain a couple more votes for the top spot. Although, one or two votes doesn't signal much of a change in the overall opinion of voters.
After beating Texas A&M in a shootout last week, the Alabama Crimson Tide were unquestioned top dogs in both polls. However, they had some early struggles against a Colorado State team they're expected to roll over. In the end, the Crimson Tide wore down their lesser opponents and won decisively.
You'll get no questions from me about who the top team is right now. Margin of victory is largely an overblown measuring stick.
That's apparent in the Ohio State Buckeyes' 76-0 win against Florida A&M. Despite the massive margin of victory, AP voters didn't push the Bucks ahead of Clemson, who narrowly defeated conference opponent North Carolina State. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton set a school record with six touchdown passes in that win.
With Braxton Miller set to make his return for the start of Big 10 play, the Buckeyes could make some noise in the polls in the coming weeks.
Speaking of the Tigers, Tajh Boyd has been phenomenal to this point and the team's defense is playing better than usual. As long as it continues to limit opponents, Clemson has a good chance to win with its high-powered offense.
Last, but not forgotten, the Stanford Cardinal rolled over a pretty good Arizona State team. Opting to play it safe rather than pile on the struggling Sun Devils, the Cardinal pulled their starters to make their Week 4 win look much closer than it actually was. With a new prowess on offense, the tough Cardinal may be a match for the Ducks this year.