The second week of the college football season is in the books. There were plenty of good games to watch and some matchups had College Football Playoff implications. So who set themselves up well to make the College Football Playoff?
Note: These rankings only take into account what has happened on the field. Teams will be moved accordingly based on the teams they beat. Teams who played a lower level of competition will not be in these rankings yet, but will have their chances to prove themselves in the coming weeks.
1. Auburn Tigers (2-0)
Auburn dominated Alabama State this week. The final score was 63-9. Jarrett Stidham had to complete just six passes as they rest up for their SEC opener next game. Even though they played an FCS team, they still have the best win of the season so far against Washington. Auburn can cement their spot at the top of this list if they beat LSU in week 3.
This week: vs. LSU Tigers
2. LSU Tigers (2-0)
LSU also played an FCS team in Southeastern Louisiana and won 31-0. The offense could’ve been better, but the defense was lights out. Their win over Miami was a huge way to kick off the season and helps them stay in the top two. Luckily for fans everywhere, the top two teams on this list are playing each other this week.
This week: vs. Auburn Tigers
3. Georgia Bulldogs (2-0)
Georgia wasn’t on this list last week because they played Austin Peay. They followed that game up with a rout of South Carolina on the road. Not only was it a solid win for Georgia, but they looked good doing it. These rankings are fluid though, so because they play Middle Tennessee next game, they could slip in these rankings, but there is no reason to worry for Georgia fans.
This week: vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
4. Stanford Cardinal (2-0)
The Cardinal opened up Pac-12 play by beating USC by a good margin, 17-3. USC was ranked 17 in the AP poll, but with a freshman quarterback and a lot of new faces, it is hard to tell how good they will be this season. Their win over San Diego State looks a little bit worse after the Aztecs struggled to pull away from Sacramento State, but it still looks like they have two quality wins to start off the year.
This week: vs. UC Davis Aggies
First four out
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0)
Although they still have one of the best wins of the season (only time will tell how good Michigan is), Notre Dame did not play well against Ball State. They won the game by eight points, but looked awful on offense. There is some cause for concern because of their schedule later in the season.
This week: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
6. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0)
Arizona State showing up on this list was not something people saw coming, but they were able to beat Michigan State at home late Saturday night. The Spartans were ranked 15 in the AP poll and the win marks the first big win in Herm Edwards’ tenure as Arizona State head coach. Their week 1 win over UTSA was decent, but doesn’t move the meter in these rankings.
This week: at San Diego State Aztecs
7. Clemson Tigers (2-0)
Dabo Swinney took his team into one of the toughest environments in college football and escaped with a win. Texas A&M was unranked, but played really well and looks like a team that could be ranked later in the season if they can survive the tough SEC West. Their other win is over Furman so Clemson is ranked here solely based off of the win over the Aggies.
This week: vs. Georgia Southern
8. Kentucky Wildcats (2-0)
The Kentucky Wildcats involved in a FOOTBALL bracketology? The world must be ending. Kentucky went on the road and beat Florida, who was ranked 25, in “The Swamp”. They looked really good doing it, winning 27-16. Their week one win against Central Michigan doesn’t help too much and they’ll likely fall in these rankings even with a win this week against Murray State.
This week: vs. Murray State Racers
Next four out
9. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)
Alabama beat Louisville last week and Arkansas State this week and dominated both opponents. Arkansas State may play in the Sun Belt, but they have a solid program. The win over Louisville may not be as good as the Crimson Tide originally thought, as Louisville struggled against Indiana State this weekend. They will surely rise in these rankings, but fans can’t wait to see Alabama get tested later in their schedule.
This week: at Ole Miss Rebels
10. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
Oklahoma surely isn’t showing any signs of slowing down without Baker Mayfield as they throttled UCLA 49–21. UCLA is not a good team, but Florida Atlantic still has some potential to be a solid team and Oklahoma destroyed them too. They’ll be tested by Iowa State, who they lost to last season, but look ready for the challenge.
This week: at Iowa State Cyclones
11. Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0)
The Hokies dominated William & Mary, but they stay in these rankings because of their road win against Florida State in week 1. The reason they fall in these rankings is that the Seminoles played terribly against Samford and have raised some doubts about how good Florida State will be this season.
This week: vs. East Carolina Pirates
12. West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0)
This week Will Grier lit up the Youngstown State defense. The Mountaineers won 52-17 as Grier threw for four touchdown passes. Their win over Tennessee is still the most impressive thing on their resume, but they look really good out of the gate. They’ll be tested in week 3.
This week: at NC State Wolfpack
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