College Football Rankings 2012 Week 2: Teams Sure to Rise After Blowout Wins
As expected, College Football's opening weekend featured too many blowout wins to count.
The top dogs dominated on both sides of the ball for the most part, and aside from Michigan, every Top 10 team won its opening game.
But only a select group of Top 25 teams are sure to rise significantly after their impressive 2012 debuts this past weekend.
Let's take a look.
The Fighting Irish beat down Navy in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday and made it look easy.
Notre Dame posted 50 points on the Midshipmen in the blowout win and will now no doubt be moving up in the rankings this week.
Brian Kelly's ground attack looked unstoppable, averaging 6.4 yards per carry and racking up nearly 300 yards.
Defensively, Notre Dame forced four turnovers and held last season's fourth-ranked rushing attack to just 3.5 yards per carry and 140 rushing yards in all.
The Irish will travel to South Bend to host Purdue next week, but they will do so occupying a much higher position in the rankings thanks to their season-opening rout of their rival across the pond.
Which team's blowout was the most impressive?
The Buckeyes looked impressive in their first game under head coach Urban Meyer, taking out Miami (OH) 56-10.
Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, who is a candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this season, led Ohio State with more than 360 yards and three touchdowns through the air and on the ground combined.
The eight-touchdown performance from the Buckeyes will have them rising in the rankings this week, even if they aren't eligible for the postseason this winter.
The Cowboys, who opened the season one spot behind Ohio State in the USA Today preseason poll, looked as if they could have beaten any team in the nation on Saturday, topping Savannah St. 84-0.
Oklahoma State had seven touchdowns by halftime, and was dominant on the ground throughout, rushing for 395 yards on just 42 carries and scoring nine touchdowns.
The Cowboys' annihilation was highlighted by their stout defensive effort, which held Savannah St. to just 139 total yards on offense.
Oklahoma State finished the day with 682 total yards, proving themselves as one of the best offensive units in the nation so far this year.
My Week 2 College Football Rankings
|No. 4||Florida State|
|No. 9||Michigan State|
|No. 10||South Carolina|
|No. 13||Oklahoma State|
|No. 14||Ohio State|
|No. 18||Notre Dame|
|No. 19||Kansas State|
|No. 20||Virginia Tech|
|No. 22||Mississippi State|
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