With the help of a bounce and a stupid rule, Clemson managed to win, but do the Tigers still hold the top spot?
Also Receiving Consideration: Texas A&M, Boston College, Utah, Kentucky, NC State, Maryland, Michigan State, Hawaii, South Florida, and Syracuse
Dropped Out: Florida, Michigan State, and South Carolina
25. USC (1-1, Last Week #21)- The Trojans were abysmal on offense, and this week’s trip to Texas is a must-win.
24. Houston (2-0, Last Week NR)- There are a number of strong Group of 5 teams, but don’t sleep on DT Ed Oliver, QB D’Eriq King, and the Cougars who dominated the Arizona Wildcats.
23. Oklahoma State (2-0, Last Week NR)- Oklahoma State leads the nation in yards per game, and they will need every yard against Boise State. Should the Cowboys win, they could be 9-0 heading into a late season stretch that includes West Virginia, Oklahoma, and TCU.
22. Miami (1-1, Last Week #25)- The Hurricanes picked on Savannah State, and the rest of the weak ACC schedule doesn’t look much tougher outside of a late season showdown in Blacksburg.
21. Arizona State (2-0, Last Week NR)- I thought the Herm Edwards hire would be a disaster for the Sun Devils, but his program managed a signature win over Michigan State.
20. Oregon (2-0, Last Week #23)- Coach after coach, Oregon continues to have a high-powered offense. Let’s see if the Ducks continue putting up 60 points per game when they hit conference play.
19. Michigan (1-1, Last Week #22)- Michigan bounced back against Western Michigan, but they did no more than they were supposed to. I’ll be skeptical until/unless they can pull off a big win against Wisconsin in mid-October.
18. Boise State (2-0, Last Week #20)- The Broncos are right there with UCF for the best Group of 5 team in the country, and they look to make that case even stronger as they face Oklahoma State this week.
17. TCU (2-0, Last Week #19)- TCU is undefeated two games into the season, but we knew that’d be the case. We find out how good they really are this week as Ohio State comes to town.
16. Stanford (2-0, Last Week #18)- With a win over USC, Stanford is now in the driver’s seat as the conference’s foremost challenger to Washington. Back to back late September road games against Oregon and Notre Dame will provide insight into whether it can maintain that status.
15. Penn State (2-0, Last Week #15)- After a first half that had many wondering if the Nittany Lions were in for another close call, Trace McSorley and company put on a show and routed Pitt.
14. UCF (2-0, Last Week #14)- Despite an off day from QB McKenzie Milton- one where he threw 3 INTs- UCF handled lowly South Carolina State.
13. Washington (1-1, Last Week #13)- No. Dakota, no problem. The Huskies bounced back after losing to Auburn, and they begin their quest for a conference title with a trip to Utah next week.
12. West Virginia (2-0, Last Week #12)- Youngstown State failed to put up a fight against this high-octane Mountaineers offense. A trip to NC State could challenge WVU next week.
11. LSU (2-0, Last Week #11)- LSU put away hapless Southeastern Louisiana but only scored 31 points in the process. QB Joe Burrow, who is completing less than 50% of his passes, needs to do better against Auburn.
10. Virginia Tech (2-0, Last Week #10)- The Hokies took care of business against William & Mary and should continue to do so against a soft schedule leading to a October matchup with Notre Dame.
9. Notre Dame (2-0, Last Week #7)- After a significant win for the program over Michigan, the Fighting Irish suffered a letdown with the narrow win over Ball State.
8. Mississippi State (2-0, Last Week #9)- The Bulldogs powered past a solid Kansas State team behind a dominant ground game and stellar play from their DL. QB Nick Fitzgerald’s accuracy issues could be a problem down the road, however.
7. Ohio State (2-0, Last Week #8)- Rutgers is technically a Power 5 school, but Ohio State makes the Scarlet Knights look like a Division II team. Quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell combined to go 30/33 for 354 yards and 5 TDs. Martell added 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Buckeyes’ first test comes this week against TCU.
6. Auburn (2-0, Last Week #6)- YAWN! After an intense opener against PAC 12 power Washington, Auburn cruised against Alabama State. LSU comes to town for a major SEC West showdown.
5. Oklahoma (2-0, Last Week #5)- QB Kyler Murray continues to make Sooner fans forget about Baker Mayfield. It’s tough to imagine a scenario where any of Oklahoma’s remaining opponents can knock off the Big 12 favorite.
4. Wisconsin (2-0, Last Week #3)- Wisconsin didn’t do anything wrong, but their win against New Mexico just doesn’t stack up against what Georgia did this week. The Badgers’ cupcake out-of-conference schedule could come back to haunt them as the committee mulls the top 4.
3. Georgia (2-0, Last Week #4)- In what was likely UGA’s toughest challenge until October 13 when they visit LSU, the Dawgs made it look easy against South Carolina.
2. Clemson 2-0, Last Week #1)- Clemson was in a dog fight, but they emerged victorious. Still, with the fact that a miraculous bounce was needed to secure the victory (and they still almost lost), this game knocks Dabo’s group out of the top spot.
1. Alabama (2-0, Last Week #2)- That wasn’t fair. Alabama easily demolished an out-manned Arkansas State team a week ahead of a match-up against an Ole Miss squad that gave up 41 points against Southern Illinois.