Coming off an opening week that did not feature any monumental upsets, there was not much movement in the Associated Press college football rankings this week.
The biggest loser from Week 1 was Michigan. The Wolverines had a chance to make a statement against defending BCS champion Alabama, or at least show that they really were headed in the right direction by playing a competitive game.
Unfortunately for Michigan fans, the Crimson Tide were the ones who made a statement with a 41-14 victory in that game and were rewarded for their efforts by moving up to the No. 1 spot. Nick Saban has built a powerhouse program that can withstand the loss of talent and still pick up right where it left off.
There were a few close calls that left some Top 10 teams scrambling to find answers. Oklahoma had to scratch and claw just to pull away from UTEP in the second half to keep its title hopes alive.
Another close call came with South Carolina, which really struggled on offense against Vanderbilt. On the plus side, Marcus Lattimore showed no ill effects coming back from a torn ACL, as he had 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Here is a full look at the AP rankings (via ESPN.com) for Week 2 of the college football season.
|WEEK 2 AP RANKINGS (1st PLACE VOTES)|
|1. Alabama (45)|
|2. USC (11)|
|3. LSU (4)|
|6. Florida State|
|T9. West Virginia|
|T9. South Carolina|
|11. Michigan State|
|14. Ohio State|
|15. Virginia Tech|
|18. Oklahoma State|
|21. Kansas State|
|22. Notre Dame|