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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney looks for a third down against Texas A&M during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

CLEMSON — Another week, another slate of college football games to dissect and, wow, did this week have its twists and turns.

As expected, Alabama is still on top of the college football world, as reflected by the new AP Top 25 poll released Sunday, and Clemson is still the nation's second best team at No. 2 after a gritty win at Texas A&M. Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma round out the top five, and when it came to the nation's elite teams, the top contenders did their jobs.

But it got a little wacky in the state of Florida this weekend as the Gators lost to Kentucky for the first time in more than 30 matchups and the Florida State Seminoles struggled down the stretch with a Samford team that now has Willie Taggart's squad raising all sorts of questions about its stability.

On the West Coast, Herm Edwards' Arizona State squad knocked off Michigan State in an upset that came down to a last-second field goal, and Stanford took care of home-state foe Southern California. On the East Coast, Georgia proved in convincing fashion it is still in national championship-season form when the Bulldogs thumped South Carolina 41-17. That knocked the Gamecocks out of the top 25 a week after Will Muschamp's squad made its debut in the poll at No. 24 for the first time since 2014. 

The Gamecocks were simply outmatched.

In my own AP poll, I actually ranked Georgia at No. 2 this week, one slot ahead of the No. 3 spot the Bulldogs currently hold and one slot ahead of where I had them all season up to this point. I thought that win over the Gamecocks was in such dominating fashion that it was hard not to take notice. Combine that with Clemson's struggles at Texas A&M and it made sense to me to bump the Tigers down to No. 3. Clemson doesn't look as invincible as the nation once thought the Tigers were — at least not yet — and Saturday felt like more of a signature step in the right direction for Texas A&M's program than it did a marquee Clemson win. 

For the complete list of my top five, it went as follows: Alabama at No. 1, Georgia at No. 2, Clemson at No. 3, Ohio State at No. 4 and Auburn at No. 5 — no major changes with the exception of swapping the Tigers and Bulldogs. This week, I put the Aggies in at No. 21, though the poll was still not ready to have Jimbo Fisher's team ranked quite yet. I also welcomed Miami back into the top 25 after the Hurricanes put up a whopping 77 points this week.

Below is the full AP Top 25, as well as how I voted:

The AP Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Georgia

4. Ohio State

5. Oklahoma

6. Wisconsin

7. Auburn

8. Notre Dame

9. Stanford

10. Washington

11. Penn State

12. LSU

13. Virginia Tech

14. West Virginia

15. TCU

16. Mississippi State

17. Boise State

18. Central Florida

19. Michigan

20. Oregon

21. Miami

22. Southern California

23. Arizona State

24. Oklahoma State

25. Michigan State

The AP Top 25, as voted on by Post and Courier Clemson reporter Grace Raynor

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Auburn

6. Oklahoma

7. Wisconsin

8. LSU

9. Stanford

10. Notre Dame

11. Washington

12. Penn State

13. Virginia Tech

14. TCU

15. West Virginia

16. Mississippi State

17. Michigan

18. Central Florida

19. Southern California

20. Boise State

21. Texas A&M

22. Utah

23. Oregon 

24. Arizona State

25. Miami

Follow Grace Raynor on Twitter @gmraynor

Grace is the Post and Courier's Clemson reporter. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism.

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