After Week 2 Rankings

  1. Ohio State- A ho-hum win for the champs against Hawaii.  To be honest, this team should not be challenged until November when Minnesota and Michigan State visit the Horseshoe.
  2. Alabama- Ole Miss comes to town after a scrimmage against Middle Tennessee that Saban was not happy about.  Coker needs to be better if they want a chance to beat the Rebels vaunted defense.
  3. TCU- Boykin seemed back to his old self even if it essentially was a scrimmage.  They do not play a ranked team until November 7 so we have to figure they will continue to roll.
  4. Michigan State- A fantastic win for the Spartans which proves that they belong among the top teams in the country.  Might as circle a November 21 trip to Columbus as a national quarterfinal game.
  5. Notre Dame-  A tough win for Irish in Charlottesville, especially considering the loss of Malik Zaire.  DeShone Kizer certainly has the arm strength to lead this team, but he will have to mature fast as a dangerous Georgia Tech comes to South Bend this weekend.
  6. Baylor- The Bears seem to be a great team but we will find out if they are true playoff contenders when they played a ranked team, which won’t be for a while.
  7. UCLA- A team I am very excited about with a true freshman quarterback in Josh Rosen to lead the program for the future.  They need to be ready for BYU to come to Pasadena this weekend.
  8. Clemson- This team will go as far as Deshaun Watson can take them, and I think he can take them very far.  Pivotal games at the start of October when they host Notre Dame and Georgia Tech in consecutive weeks.
  9. Oregon-  A tough loss in East Lansing for the Ducks but we learned that Vernon Adams Jr. is a damn good quarterback and that this team will once again compete to win the Pac-12.
  10. USC-  After two cupcakes the last two weeks, the Trojans start a rough stretch of their schedule starting Saturday with Stanford.  If this team can get through the next five weeks unscathed they will be square the playoff race.
  11. LSU-  A solid start for the Tigers and their STAR running back Leonard Fournette.  A visit from Auburn may not seem as daunting as it did last week but Les Miles will have this team ready to play once again.
  12. Oklahoma- Last week I said this team would not contend for the playoff but after that second half comeback I can see this team in the mix.  They won’t face an atmosphere as tough as Neyland Stadium the rest of the season.
  13. Georgia Tech- After smacking two cupcakes opponents the Yellowjackets head to South Bend to face a very good Notre Dame team.  The Irish have traditionally had trouble stopping the triple option so Paul Johnson has to feel good heading into this one.
  14. Georgia- The Bulldogs did not play great at Vanderbilt but they got a win against the weakest SEC team.  This team has a few more games they should win before Alabama comes to town on October 3 which will their first major test.
  15. Florida State-  This team should roll until they visit Georgia Tech near the end of October.  I still need to see more from them before I move them up in the rankings.
  16. Texas A&M-  Kyle Allen and this Aggies team looks very good, and if they keep playing like the past two weeks they should start 5-0 just in time for a visit from Alabama.  Last year they collapsed after a 5-0 team but I feel that this years team will be different.
  17. Ole Miss-  A really good defense seems to have an explosive offense who is averaging 74.5 points through their first two games.  Now they travel to Tuscaloosa to face a much stronger opponent than the last two weeks when we will find out a lot about this team.
  18. BYU-  A road at Nebraska to stop a 29 year old winning streak and an upset of a very good Boise State team.  This team looks good despite losing Taysom Hill again, and if they walk out of the Rose Bowl with a win, then the committee should look out.
  19. Missouri-  Like I said last week I’m not sure how good this team actually is, but they seem to win every year and Maty Mauk is a great quarterback.  I see this team starting at least 6-0.
  20. Arizona- Will find out a lot about this week when Pac-12 starts up, but Anu Soloman is the real deal at quarterback and this team could contend for the Pac-12 South.
  21. Utah- Two close wins for the Utes but Utah State and Michigan are both solid teams.  Another game they should win against Fresno State this week before a trip up to Eugene to face the Ducks.
  22. Wisconsin- A good team that lost to a good Alabama team on a neutral field that you really can’t blame them for.  Unfortunately, their schedule is a cake walk and a playoff run seems out of the question.
  23. Auburn- What a gross performance by the Tigers at home against an FCS team they where 41 point favorites against.  If they don’t fix ample issues before Saturday then LSU will beat them easily in Death Valley.
  24. Northwestern- An impressive start for a team that people did not expect much out of.  In terms of a playoff run their schedule is a cake walk but they can somehow run the table and get to the Big Ten title game they will be in the discussion.
  25. Oklahoma State- This team should win their games for the next couple of weeks and have a nice start to the season.  We will find how good they really are when they get into Big 12 play.

Games to Watch This Week (AP Rankings)

#15 Ole Miss (2-0) at #2 Alabama (2-0): This game will have great matchups on both sides of the ball.  Alabama was not very impressive last week, but Ole Miss has not played a tough opponent yet so this game will tell us a lot about both teams.

#14 Georgia Tech (2-0) at #8 Notre Dame (2-0): Huge game for both teams, as Notre Dame will find out how good they will be after the loss of Malik Zaire and if they are still a playoff contender.  Georgia Tech has played a couple of cupcakes in their first two games so we will see how good this team really is.

#19 BYU (2-0) at #10 UCLA (2-0): After two miracle wins by BYU this game is all of sudden very important and could shape the playoff race.  A win here by BYU and they should be favored in the rest of their games this season, while this win will look great for UCLA in the eyes of the committee.

#18 Auburn (2-0) at #13 LSU (1-0): One week ago this would have been the game of the week, not anymore.  Auburn has looked terrible to start the season, and if they don’t play better this game could get ugly.

Notes:

After it seemed Arkansas was making strides towards relevancy, they lay an egg and lose to Toledo.  A lesson to Bret Bielma to not talk down the defending champs when you just finished a 7-6 season because he looks stupid now.  The SEC also took hits with losses by Tennessee and poor performances by Auburn and Alabama.  This conference is still very good, but not as good as we might have thought.  Michigan State looks like a playoff contender after their win over Oregon, while the Ducks can still play themselves into the playoff.  Also look out for the BYU, this could be dangerous if they pull another upset at UCLA.