College Football Rankings 2012: AP Releases Official Week 2 Standings

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2012

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 for Week 2 of the college football season. 

 1. Alabama (45)
 2. USC (11)
 3. LSU (4)
 4. Oregon
 5. Oklahoma
 6. Florida State
 7. Georgia
 8. Arkansas 
 T9. West Virginia
 T9. South Carolina
 11. Michigan State
 12. Clemson
 13. Wisconsin
 14. Ohio State
 15. Virginia Tech
 16. Nebraska
 17. Texas
 18. Oklahoma State
 19. Michigan
 20. TCU
 21. Kansas State
 22. Notre Dame
 23. Louisville
 24. Florida
 25. Stanford