College Football Rankings 2012 Week 2: Teams Sure to Rise After Blowout Wins

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1:  Bradley Roby #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates scoring a touchdown after Zac Murphy #45 of the Miami Redhawks fumbled a punt during the third quarter on September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Miami 56-10. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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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.

Notre Dame

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.

Ohio State

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.

Oklahoma State

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

Rank Team
No. 1 Alabama 
No. 2 USC
No. 3 LSU
No. 4 Florida State
No. 5 Georgia
No. 6 Oregon
No. 7 Arkansas
No. 8

West Virginia

No. 9 Michigan State
No. 10 South Carolina
No. 11 Clemson
No. 12 Nebraska
No. 13 Oklahoma State
No. 14 Ohio State
No. 15 Texas
No. 16 Wisconsin
No. 17 Michigan
No. 18 Notre Dame
No. 19 Kansas State
No. 20 Virginia Tech
No. 21 TCU
No. 22 Mississippi State
No. 23 Washington
No. 24 Florida
No. 25 Stanford

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