It’s early days but already a number of the teams who we rolled our eyes at their inclusion are heading south.
Georgia carried on where they left off with another nice win and have jumped three spots to No. 2 in the AP Top 25, taking that spot in the college football rankings for the first time since 2018. Clemson fell four spots to No. 6 after joining fellow ACC foe North Carolina as the only top 10 teams to lose in Week 1.
Alabama is clear No. 1 with 59 first-place votes after thrashing Miami 44-13 in the season opener. Ohio State jumped Oklahoma to No. 3 as the Soonersstruggled to beat Tulane. Texas A&M at five means that three SEC teams are already challenging for the playoffs.
UCLA moved to No. 16 after beating LSU 38-27 and Virginia Tech also jumped from unranked to No. 19 after beating an overrated (in our opinion anyway) North Carolina 17-10. Their stay could be short-lived and the Tar Heels could struggle to stay ranked if they drop another game.
Ole Miss moved into the rankings for the first time in about 5 years along with Auburn who sneaked in at 25. This gives the SEC six ranked teams! We did have Ole Miss ranked in our opening poll so their win was not too much of a surprise to us.
Only two Group of Five teams are ranked – Cinncinati & Coastal Carolina, however, that should change quickly as the overrated teams start to fall.
Here is a look at the full poll which was released on Tuesday.
AP Top 25, Week 2
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- Iowa State
- Penn State
- Coastal Carolina
- Virginia Tech
- Ole Miss
- Arizona State
- North Carolina
Others receiving votes: TCU (80), NC State (69), UCF (61), LSU (57), Liberty (57), Michigan (52), Oklahoma State (39), Indiana (37), Michigan State (28), Nevada (23), Kansas State (13), Louisiana (12), BYU (10), Boston College (8), Ball State (7), Maryland (6), UAB (5), Arizona (5), Florida State (4), Kentucky (3), Army (2), Texas Tech (2), Appalachian State (1)