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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Top 25s, Heisman votes and bowls

By Matt Fortuna

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'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