College Football Top 25: Week 2

We’ve finally seen some game action, so here’s my new Top 25!

  1. Alabama (Previous: 1) – The defending national champions had absolutely no problem taking care of business against Louisville, and Tua Tagovailoa showed that he’s ready to take the reins full time.
  2. Georgia (Previous: 2) – The Bulldogs pitched a shutout against Austin Peay. It wasn’t the best litmus test for the season, but it certainly was a pretty convincing victory.
  3. Clemson (Previous: 3) – Furman wasn’t the hardest opponent they could face to start the season, but Clemson easily disposed of them either way. A true road game at Texas A&M this weekend should be a better test of just how good this team is.
  4. Oklahoma (Previous: 7) – This was one of the more impressive teams of the weekend, taking down a very good Florida Atlantic team with ease. Kyler Murray has made it known that he is a clear early candidate for the Heisman.
  5. Ohio State (Previous: 4) – The Buckeyes had a strong victory over Oregon State, and they shouldn’t face any more of a challenge as they host Rutgers at home this weekend. Expect Ohio State to stay put in the Top 5 easily this week.
  6. Auburn (Previous: 6) – My preseason poll had Auburn ranked above Washington, and that ranking held true, as the Tigers downed the Huskies last weekend. They’ll face an easier opponent next in Alabama State.
  7. Wisconsin (Previous: 10) – The Badgers allowed just three points in a victory over Western Kentucky. Expect a similarly easy matchup against New Mexico on Saturday.
  8. Notre Dame (Previous: 12) – The Irish secured a huge victory to start the season, taking down ranked Michigan in South Bend. Ball State shouldn’t give them any trouble this weekend.
  9. Stanford (Previous: 14) – It was a slow night for Bryce Love, but it didn’t matter as the Cardinal secured a 31-10 win over San Diego State. However, their big test comes this week, as they face Pac-12 foe and fellow Top 25 team USC.
  10. Washington (Previous: 8) – The Huskies didn’t get the win against a good Auburn team, but they kept it close, and still should be considered a Top 10 team and championship contender. They’ll have an easier opponent in North Dakota this week.
  11. USC (Previous: 15) – USC downed UNLV with ease after a bit of a slow start. They’ll need to come out a bit hotter against Stanford if they want to get the win.
  12. TCU (Previous: 16) – The Horned Frogs made easy work of Southern. They travelled to SMU last night in the Battle for the Iron Skillet, a game which was NOT factored into these rankings.
  13. UCF (Previous: 17) – The top team in the American came out firing with an impressive victory over UConn. They should have no issues with South Carolina State next.
  14. Michigan (Previous: 9) – It was a tough loss to Notre Dame, but this is still a good Wolverine team. They’ll look to dominate Western Michigan this weekend.
  15. LSU (Previous: 19) – The Tigers were one of the most impressive teams this weekend, demolishing a phenomenal Miami team. They’ll have an easier task ahead with Southeastern Louisiana.
  16. Penn State (Previous: 11) – In one of the craziest games of the week, the Nittany Lions took overtime to beat Appalachian State. They’ll try to bounce back with a road trip at Pitt.
  17. Michigan State (Previous: 13) – In another insane game, the Spartans defeated Utah State, but it came down to the last drive, and shouldn’t have been that close. They head to Arizona State this week in what could be a decent game.
  18. Virginia Tech (Previous: 23) – The Hokies shined on national television in a dominating victory over Florida State. They shouldn’t have any problems this week with William & Mary on the schedule.
  19. Miami (Previous: 5) – The Hurricanes looked absolutely awful in their loss to LSU. They only reason I kept them ranked is because I’ve seen what this team is capable of. They should be able to get their first win of the season against Savannah State this weekend.
  20. West Virginia (Previous: 20) – The Mountaineers took care of business against Tennessee, and should have no issue doing the same again against Youngstown State.
  21. Mississippi State (Previous: 21) – The Bulldogs demolished Stephen F. Austin last week. Kansas State should be a slightly better test to see where this team’s at.
  22. Boise State (Previous: 24) – Boise State had no trouble disposing of a sneaky good Troy team. They’ll look to continue the momentum against UConn in what should be an easy victory.
  23. Memphis (Previous: 25) – The Tigers absolutely killed Mercer last weekend. They’ll have a tougher test with Navy next on the schedule as they begin conference play.
  24. Oregon (Previous: NEW) – The Ducks took care of business against Bowling Green, and should have no problem doing the same against Portland State.
  25. Oklahoma State (Previous: NEW) – The Cowboys had no issue with Missouri State, and shouldn’t have any issue with South Alabama, particularly with an offense of their caliber.

DROPPED

  • Florida State (Previous: 18) – The Seminoles got outplayed in just about every aspect of the game in their loss to Virginia Tech. They should have a bounce back game against Samford.
  • Texas (Previous: 22) – For the second season in a row, Tom Herman and his Longhorns found a way to lose to Maryland. They should have a slightly easier opponent in Tulsa coming up.

We’ve got a full slate of football on the docket today, so enjoy your Saturday!

Sam Smith

Sam has been with MSB since 2015. He covers stories ranging from all things Maryland to breaking national stories, specializing in the NFL, and college football and basketball. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Southern Methodist University (SMU).

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