It didn’t really surprise anyone that Alabama remained at the top of the Top 25 despite not playing, while Clemson continued rising into the top 3 while Oregon remained as the second best team in the nation, with Georgia enjoying a return into the top 10 thanks to their win over South Carolina, while Ole Miss and Miami bounce in the poll for the first time this season.
Notre Dame, Florida and South Carolina were the big sliders of the week after their first losses of the season, while Texas and USC continue to be big names that don’t live up to expectations, dropping out of the rankings.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (57 first place votes), 1-0: Alabama didn’t play this week, but it didn’t hurt their rankings on the AP Poll.
2. Oregon Ducks (1), 2-0: Had no problem getting a 59-10 win over Virginia in a non-conference game with Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas enjoying huge days.
3. Clemson Tigers (1), 2-0: Followed up their big win from the opening weekend with a 52-13 win over South Carolina State, helping them move up a spot.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (1), 2-0: Actually dropped a spot after another less than impressive win, beating San Diego State 42-7 with Braxton Miller getting hurt again.
5. Stanford Cardinal, 1-0: Opened their season with a comfortable 31-10 win over San Jose State, keeping them at the same spot they were ranked in last week.
6. Texas A&M Aggies, 2-0: Moved up a spot after an easy 65-28 win over Sam Houston State, with Johnny Manziel throwing three touchdown passes and running for a fourth.
7. Louisville Cardinals, 2-0: Moved up a spot as well, enjoying another fine performance from Teddy Bridgewater as they beat Eastern Kentucky 44-7.
8. LSU Tigers, 2-0: Another one spot climbers, enjoying the improvement of Zach Mettenberger (throwing for five touchdowns) in their 56-17 win over UAB.
9. Georgia Bulldogs, 1-1: The highest ranked one loss team in the nation, moving back into the top 10, after an impressive 41-30 win over South Carolina with big days from Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley.
10. Florida State Seminoles, 1-0: Didn’t play, didn’t move.
11. Michigan Wolverines, 2-0: After a big win over Notre Dame (41-30) which was the only two ranked team matchup of the weekend, they enjoyed a six spot jump up the polls.
12. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 2-0: Another wild game which wasn’t as close as the score suggests, beating the UTSA Roadrunners 56-35 and moving up a spot.
13. South Carolina Gamecocks, 1-1: Struggled defensively against Georgia, losing 30-41, and falling seven spots.
14. Oklahoma Sooners, 2-0: Moved up three spots after a 16-7 win over West Virginia, enjoying a huge day from Brennan Clay, running for 170 yards.
15. Miami Hurricanes, 2-0: Enjoyed a big 21-16 win over Florida in a huge rivalry game that hasn’t been played in five years, moving them into the top 25 for the first time this season.
16. UCLA Bruins, 1-0: Didn’t play, and yet moved up two spots.
17. Northwestern Wildcats, 2-0: Improved their rankings by two spots, thanks to a comfortable 48-27 win over Syracuse, enjoying a big day from quarterback Trevor Siemian.
18. Florida Gators, 1-1: Continued to look bad, this time losing to Miami 16-21, suffering from a six-spot slide in the AP Poll.
19. Washington Huskies, 1-0: Didn’t play, and still moved up a spot.
20. Wisconsin Badgers, 2-0: Another impressive day on the ground for Corey Clement (149 yards, two touchdowns), as they shut out Tennessee Tech 48-0, moving up a spot.
21. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 1-1: Dropped 7 spots due to their loss against Michigan, 30-41.
22. Baylor Bears, 2-0: Moved up a spot thanks to a 70-13 win over Buffalo, while the offense posted 781 total yards.
23. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 2-0: Had a strong day from their defense, including enjoying quite a lot of scoring from them, as they beat Southern Miss 56-13 and still fell a spot.
24. TCU Horned Frogs, 1-1: Got their first win of the season with a 38-17 win over Southeastern Louisiana, getting a strong performance from Trevone Boykin coming in for the injured Pachall.
25. Ole Miss, 2-0: Found themselves in the AP Poll after falling out of it thanks to a 31-13 win over Southeast Missouri State.
Dropped from the rankings: Texas, USC.