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Where's UT? Breaking down David Briggs' AP vote

09/18/2017, 9:01am EDT

Rocket’s win not enough to earn spot on ballot

University of Toledo QB Logan Woodside (11) throws against Tulsa during Saturday's game at the University of Toledo Glass Bowl in Toledo. BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

I seriously entertained voting for the University of Toledo in the latest Associated Press Top 25 college football poll.

Honest, I really did.

But for all the local excitement of the Rockets’ thrilling 54-51 comeback win over Tulsa on Saturday night — a victory all the more impressive because of everything that went so wrong in the first half — there was just not way to reasonably justify it ... yet. Among the Group of Five schools, I voted only for South Florida, but easily could have included three, with San Diego State (wins over Arizona State and then No. 19 Stanford) and Memphis (win over then-No. 25 UCLA) just missing out. At best, the Rockets are fourth in line.

Of course, all of that could soon change.

I make no guarantees for the Rockets’ trip to the 14th-ranked University of Miami on Saturday. Only that Toledo will rocket comfortably in to at least one voter’s rankings if it pulls off the big upset.

We’ll save room for UT. Until then, here’s my ballot in the latest AP poll:

1. Alabama

2. Oklahoma

3. Clemson

4. Penn State

5. Southern California

6. Oklahoma State

7. Michigan

8. Florida State

9. Washington

10. Ohio State,

11. Wisconsin

12. Georgia

13. Virginia Tech

14. Mississippi State

15. TCU

16. Auburn

17. Washington State

18. Louisville

19. Miami

20. Utah

21. Oregon

22. Vanderbilt

23. Florida

24. Maryland

25. South Florida.

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