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The CSD College Football Top 25 for Week 2 – The Big Ten impresses (and Texas doesn’t)

Rank Team Change Result Explanation
 1  Alabama (1-0)  None  Beat Florida State 24-7  Utter domination of a team many (not me) picked to win the ACC? Bama will stay #1 until they lose a game. The offense still didn’t look great, but the Tide’s defense can more than make up for that, much like they did last year.
 2  Ohio State (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten)  None  Beat Indiana 49-21  JK Dobbins rushed for almost 200 yards, JT Barrett threw three touchdowns, and the Buckeyes overcame a slow start to score 29 unanswered on Indiana. They’ll face Oklahoma next week in a big matchup.
 3  Penn State (1-0)  Up 4  Beat Akron 52-0  Yeah, it was against a team in the lower half of the MAC, but a 52-0 shutout is still impressive, Trace McSorley (280 yards passing) and Saquon Barkley (226 all-purpose yards) each had two touchdowns.
 4  Clemson (1-0)  Up 2  Beat Kent State 56-3  They’ve got the quarterback situation figure out, and my pick to win the ACC moves into the top four ahead of a blockbuster matchup with Auburn. Kelly Bryant showed his dual threat capability, and Deon Cain looks to be the leader of the Tiger’s receiving core.
 5  Oklahoma (1-0)  None  Beat UTEP 56-7  No change for the Sooners, but even without Bob Stoops at the helm, it seems that Oklahoma can still score points. Baker Mayfield went 19/20 with 329 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
 6  Wisconsin (1-0)  Up 5  Beat Utah State 59-10  The biggest knock on Wisconsin is that they play too slow of a tempo to compete in today’s football. How does 59 points unanswered sound? Alex Hornibrook threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns, and after game one, I’m excited about the Badgers.
 7  Florida State (0-1)  Down 4  Lost to Alabama 7-24  They played the best team in the country and lost, it was expected. The injury of Deondre Francois shouldn’t affect their standing though, rankings are NOT PREDICTIONS. Should stay in the Top Ten.
 8  LSU (1-0)  Up 2  Beat BYU 27-0  You might’ve been asleep, but LSU shut out a BYU team many expected to challenge for ten wins, and the Cougars didn’t even cross midfield (sound familiar LSU fans?) The Tiger offense rushed for almost 300 yards and controlled the clock. LSU moves up two.
 9  Michigan (1-0)  Up 3  Beat Florida 33-17  Their uniforms weren’t top ten worthy, but the performance was. The Wolverines held Florida’s offense to just three points (The rest were NOT’s), and while Michigan’s offense wasn’t anything special, that D should keep them in some close games.
 10  USC (1-0)  Down 6  Beat Western Michigan 49-31  I’m probably overreacting, but my preseason #4 shouldn’t be on upset watch to a Western Michigan team that lost it’s best player on both sides of the ball, their quarterback, and their coach. USC can earn that #4 ranking back by proving themselves against Stanford this week.
 11  Stanford (1-0)  Up 3  Beat Rice 62-7  Stanford demolished Rice in Australia during Week Zero, and they were off this week, but a win against USC in week number two will almost certainly catapult David Shaw’s crew into the Top Ten, and therefore the playoff discussion.
 12  Auburn (1-0)  Down 3  Beat Georgia Southern 41-7  The Tigers drop three spots due to no fault of their own, but I felt LSU and Michigan’s convincing wins over BYU and Florida deserved to jump Auburn’s over Georgia Southern. Auburn can get back into the top ten by beating Clemson this week.
 13  Washington (1-0)  Down 5  Beat Rutgers 30-14  Washington started slow against Rutgers, but unlike Wisconsin and Ohio State, they never really turned on the jets, and ended up beating the Scarlet Knights by only two possessions. UW will have two more cupcakes before conference play starts.
 14  Oklahoma State (1-0)  Up 2  Beat Tulsa 59-24  That offense is everything we thought it would be, blowing out a Tulsa team that won ten games last year. The Oklahoma State offense piled up over 600 (!!!) yards of offense on the Golden Hurricane.
 15  Notre Dame (1-0)  Up 4  Beat Temple 49-16  Lost in the shuffle of week one results, Notre Dame destroyed Temple, a team that went 10-3 a season ago. Three different guys rushed for over 100 yards. The Irish will have a blockbuster matchup with Georgia this week, and that isn’t even a top three matchup on a weekend of football so stacked
 16  Florida (0-1)  Down 3  Lost to Michigan 17-33  A lot of people will drop Florida out of their Top 25 this week, but I only have them dropping three spots. The reason being, I don’t want to award teams that beat up on an FCS school for scheduling cupcakes. I expected Florida to lose by about ten based on my rankings, they lost by 16, with their best player suspended. A six point margin doesn’t warrant a ten place drop.
 17  Georgia (1-0)  Up 3  Beat Appalachian State 31-10  Georgia controlled a respectable Appalachian State team that could win eleven games this year from start to finish, even after Jacob Eason went down with an injury. We’ll see how Jacob Fromm handles Notre Dame this week.
 18  Miami (1-0)  None  Beat Bethune-Cookman 41-13  The quarterback play was pretty good, but I won’t move the ‘Canes up or down because of an FCS team. They have a sneaky look ahead game next week against Arkansas State because of the looming showdown with Florida State in Week Three.
 19  Louisville (1-0)  Down 4  Beat Purdue 35-28  I don’t know if Purdue is better than expected, or Louisville is worse than expected, but for now the Cards drop out of the top 15. Lamar Jackson put up 485 yards by himself. UL gets a rebuilding North Carolina this week.
 20  Oregon (1-0)  Up 1  Beat Southern Utah 77-21  Most points in school history huh? I don’t really like reading into FCS vs Power Five games, so the Ducks just move up a spot due to Texas’ loss. Interesting games against Nebraska and Wyoming will get the Ducks ready for conference play.
 21  Kansas State  Up 1  Beat Central Arkansas 55-19  Same as I said above, I don’t really take FCS games under consideration, but K-State moves up a spot due to Texas’ loss. Jesse Ertz threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, we won’t really know much until the Week Three matchup with Vandy.
 22  Virginia Tech  Up 2  Beat West Virginia 31-24  Virginia Tech jumps Tennessee after beating West Virginia in a barnburner of a game. The defense was great (as always) and I’m really excited about what Fuente can do with Josh Jackson. VT should win the next three comfortably, before getting Clemson to open conference play.
 23  Tennessee  None  Beat Georgia Tech 42-41 (2OT)  I’m conflicted about Tennessee. They looked really good at times last night, but the quarterback situation looks shaky. The Double OT win means the Vols will stay where they are, but I’m interested to see how they fare against Florida in a couple weeks.
 24  Colorado  NEW  Beat Colorado State 17-3  Colorado was in the 30’s in my rankings last week, but they held Colorado State (who scored 58 points in week one) to just a field goal. That is really impressive. Washington in Week Four will tell us if they are for real.
 25  TCU  NEW  Beat Jackson State 63-0  They beat an FCS team, woohoo! The Horned Frogs were my #26 team last week, so they slide into the Top 25 this week, they get my #28 team Arkansas this week, with a chance to move up even more.

Dropped Out: #17 Texas, #25 NC State

Next Up: #26 Washington State, #27 UCLA, #28 Arkansas

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