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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
My Top 25, Heisman votes

By Matt Fortuna

Alabama looks a little bit more vulnerable than I think most of us expected, but the Crimson Tide are still's favorite through four weeks, coming in at No. 1 in our power rankings. (And in mine, too)

My colleagues and I also see eye-to-eye in the early-season Heisman Trophy race, with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota holding the top spot on my ballot and on's Heisman Watch.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, moved up one spot to No. 22 in our power rankings. This week's opponent, Oklahoma, jumped a spot to No. 15. Colleagues Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards both have the Irish 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. LSU
5. Ohio State
6. Florida State
7. Stanford
8. Louisville
9. Texas A&M
10. Georgia
11. Oklahoma State
12. South Carolina
13. Northwestern
14. Miami
15. Michigan
16. Ole Miss
17. Washington
18. UCLA
19. Baylor
20. Oklahoma
21. Notre Dame
22. Georgia Tech
23. Fresno State
24. Maryland
25. Arizona

Heisman Watch
1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
4. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
5. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin