The second official week of the college football season is in the books. Each week the performance of the teams on the field can be looked at to see who is in the best position to make the College Football Playoff. Note that this bracketology will only take into consideration what happened on the field, so teams who played tough games will be ranked high. Conversely hyped up teams who haven’t played tough games yet, will likely be unranked or ranked lowly on the list until there is a solid sample size. Here is the College Football Playoff bracketology September 8.
1. LSU Tigers (2-0)
LSU won a hyped up matchup against Texas in Austin in a thriller. Not only did they show that their offense is more effective than in past years, they looked really good. To go along with their top-10 win, their opponent from week 1 Georgia Southern did win in week 2 for what it’s worth. This ranking is 99 percent about their week 2 win.
Week 3: vs. Northwestern State Demons (FCS 0-2)
2. Clemson Tigers (2-0)
While they looked a little sloppy in their win over Georgia Tech, Clemson made sure to take care of business against Texas A&M this weekend winning 24-10. If these rankings included preseason hype, there is no doubt Clemson would be at the top. LSU’s win in Texas was just a little more impressive though.
Week 3: at Syracuse Orange (1-1)
3. Auburn Tigers (2-0)
Auburn followed up their week 1 win over Oregon with a victory over Tulane. It wasn’t the best they could’ve played, but the Tigers won 24-6. Their win over the Ducks in week 1 remains a solid win, as Oregon defeated Nevada pretty easily.
Week 3: vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1)
4. California Golden Bears (2-0)
The game went way into the early hours of the morning, but Cal pulled off an upset over Washington on the road. Their win over UC Davis in week 1 won’t do them much, but after the win over the Huskies that won’t matter.
Week 3: vs. North Texas Mean Green (1-1)
First Four Out
5. Colorado Buffaloes (2-0)
There aren’t many wins over ranked teams out there so far, but Colorado has one. They defeated both of their rivals in the opening two weeks of the season in Colorado State and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers were ranked going into the game in Boulder and the Buffaloes won a close one.
Week 3: vs. Air Force Falcons (1-0)
6. Maryland Terrapins (2-0)
In the first week of the season, Maryland beat Howard, an FCS school, 79-0. It was a good start to their season and they made it even better this weekend with a win over a ranked Syracuse team. They won very convincingly over the Orange 63-20.
Week 3: at Temple Owls (1-0)
7. USC Trojans (2-0)
They may have lost their starting quarterback for the season, but USC has two solid wins. The Trojans defeated Stanford this week. In week 1, they beat Fresno State who should compete in the MWC this season.
Week 3: at BYU Cougars (1-1)
8. Boise State Broncos (2-0)
There aren’t many teams that have had to go through what Boise has had to do in the first two weeks of the season. They had their game against Florida State changed from a neutral-site game to a road game on last-second notice. The Broncos won that then beat Marshall on Friday. That’s a solid win on short rest. Boise State looks poised to compete for a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
Week 3: vs. Portland State Vikings (FCS 1-1)
Next Four Out
9. Utah Utes (2-0)
Utah, like Boise, beat two solid teams in their opening weeks. Their win over BYU in week 1 looks good after the Cougars went into Knoxville and knocked off the Volunteers. This week, Utah beat Northern Illinois who figures to be one of the top teams in the MAC.
Week 3: vs. Idaho State Bengals (FCS 1-0)
10. UNC Tar Heels (2-0)
Mack Brown has UNC rolling. They had a solid win over Miami this week at home after defeating South Carolina in Charlotte last week. Miami is 0-2 and this wind could work worse later in the season. South Carolina won their week 2 game, so time will tell if they can rebound and be a good win for the Tar Heels for the long term.
Week 3: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)
11. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0)
Justin Fields and the Buckeyes look really good through two weeks. They took it to a good Cincinnati team this week winning 42-0. This is after Ohio State beat Florida Atlantic in week 1. The Cincinnati win, and them looking good doing it, is why they are ranked this week though.
Week 3: at Indiana Hoosiers (2-0)
12. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
A win over South Dakota drops them in these rankings, but the Sooners look pretty good and will have an opportunity to climb back up. Their win over Houston was a good start to the season though.
Week 3: at UCLA Bruins (0-2)
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