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Murray's AP Top 25: Washington State the big riser; Ohio State stumbles

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Mike Leach has Washington State atop the Pac-12 heap.

Nevada Sports Net columnist Chris Murray is one of 61 voters in the college football AP Top 25 poll. Here is a look at the biggest movers and shakers in his poll this week as well as his full ballot.

Team on the rise

* Washington State: College GameDay visited Pullman and the Cougars didn’t disappoint, upsetting Oregon, 34-20, after leading 27-0 at halftime. Washington State’s lone loss this season is to USC and the Cougars earned a big jump from unranked on my ballot last week to No. 14 this week, which is tops among Pac-12 schools. Oregon is No. 16 and Washington is No. 17. All Pac-12 schools other than Wazzu have at least two losses in 2018.

Team on the fall

* Ohio State: Not good Buckeyes. Not good at all. Ohio State dropped a 49-20 decision to an average Purdue team, yielding 539 total yards and 28 fourth-quarter points en route to getting routed. I moved the Buckeyes from No. 2 on my ballot to No. 9, although you could argue for a steeper decline. Ohio State will have a tough time explaining this loss to the playoff selection committee in December.

Chris Murray’s AP Top 25

1. Alabama (previous 1)

2. Notre Dame (3)

3. Clemson (4)

4. Michigan (5)

5. Texas (6)

6. Florida (7)

7. LSU (8)

8. Oklahoma (9)

9. Ohio State (2)

10. Central Florida (11)

11. Georgia (12)

12. Kentucky (13)

13. West Virginia (14)

14. Washington State (n/r)

15. Penn State (17)

16. Oregon (10)

17. Washington (16)

18. Texas A&M (18)

19. Wisconsin (19)

20. Iowa (22)

21. North Carolina State (15)

22. USF (23)

23. Virginia (n/r)

24. Auburn (n/r)

25. San Diego State (25)

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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