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Top 25s, Heisman votes and bowls

10/15/2013

Alabama and Oregon. Oregon and Alabama. The two programs have been arguably the nation's two-best of the past five seasons or so, and they appear to be on even more of a collision course this season.

For now, they remain tied for the top spot in ESPN.com's Power Rankings. And the Ducks' star quarterback, Marcus Mariota, has solidified himself as the midseason frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

As for Notre Dame and its postseason possibilities, both Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards have the Irish slated for the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, with Mark having the Irish face NC State and Brad predicting they will face Duke.

Here is how I voted in this week's Power Rankings and Heisman Watch. (Of note: I do not have a vote in the Associated Press poll or a vote for the Heisman Trophy.)

Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Clemson

4. FSU

5. Ohio State

6. LSU

7. Texas A&M

8. Louisville

9. Miami

10. South Carolina

11. Baylor

12. UCLA

13. Missouri

14. Stanford

15. Georgia

16. Virginia Tech

17. Texas Tech

18. Fresno State

19. Auburn

20. Oklahoma State

21. Wisconsin

22. Washington

23. Oklahoma

24. Florida

25. Northern Illinois

Heisman Watch

1) Marcus Mariota, Oregon

2) Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

3) Tajh Boyd, Clemson

4) Jameis Winston, FSU

5) Sean Mannion, Oregon State