My Top 25, Heisman votes


Alabama's 25-0 win over Ole Miss was enough for the Crimson Tide to hold off Oregon for the No. 1 spot again in ESPN.com's power rankings. Notre Dame fell out of the power rankings after losing to Oklahoma, while the Sooners moved up three spots to No. 12 and Arizona State, this week's Irish opponent, jumped five spots to No. 21.

As for the Heisman race, Marcus Mariota remains on top of Heisman Watch, though Tajh Boyd did enough damage against Wake Forest for me to move him back up my list. Boyd is currently third on Heisman Watch, which features the same five players atop the list that I have, though the order is different.

Notre Dame's loss Saturday changed the Irish's postseason destination for one of our writers, as colleague Mark Schlabach now has them slated for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, against Utah State. Brad Edwards, meanwhile, still has Notre Dame slated for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers.

Here is how I voted in this week's power rankings and in Heisman Watch. (Of note: I do not have a vote in the Associated Press poll nor a vote for the Heisman Trophy.)

Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Stanford

6. Georgia

7. FSU

8. LSU

9. Louisville

10. Texas A&M

11. South Carolina

12. Miami

13. Oklahoma

14. Northwestern

15. Washington

16. Michigan

17. UCLA

18. Baylor

19. Florida

20. Oklahoma State

21. Ole Miss

22. Fresno State

23. Maryland

24. Virginia Tech

25. Arizona State

Heisman Watch

1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson

2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

3. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

4. Aaron Murray, Georgia

5. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville