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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
My Top 25, Heisman votes

By Matt Fortuna

Oregon and Marcus Mariota saw national title and Heisman hopes take massive dips this weekend, with Florida State and Jameis Winston turning out to be the biggest beneficiaries of the Ducks' loss at Stanford.

Alabama remains atop ESPN.com's power rankings, but Florida State is not far behind, with Ohio State and Baylor checking in at Nos. 3 and 4. Notre Dame's third loss of the season knocked the Irish out of the power rankings, as they did not receive a single vote. Winston, meanwhile, is the new frontrunner in Heisman Watch.

As for bowl projections, colleague Mark Schlabach picks Notre Dame to go to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State, while Brad Edwards has the Irish in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl against rival Boston College. (That's on New Year's Eve in Shreveport, La.)

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 or a vote for the Heisman Trophy.)

Top 25
1) Alabama
2) Florida State
3) Ohio State
4) Baylor
5) Stanford
6) Oregon
7) Auburn
8) Texas A&M
9) Missouri
10) Clemson
11) South Carolina
12) UCF
13) Wisconsin
14) UCLA
15) Fresno State
16) Michigan State
17) Oklahoma State
18) Louisville
19) Northern Illinois
20) Arizona State
21) Texas
22) LSU
23) Oklahoma
24) Miami
25) Duke

Heisman Watch
1) Jameis Winston, Florida State
2) Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
3) Bryce Petty, Baylor
4) Marcus Mariota, Oregon
5) AJ McCarron, Alabama