NCAA Football Rankings 2012: Teams That Got Screwed in Week 2 AP Poll

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2012

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The Week 2 AP College Football Poll has been released already, and there are some glaring errors that should have certain teams screaming foul.

Just look at teams like the Oklahoma Sooners. They almost lost to a relative unknown and still managed to stay ranked No. 5.

In case you couldn’t figure it out, that’s politics at play.

The Sooners aren’t the only team that screwed others out of their deserved spot. The following teams deserved better than the hands they were dealt.

Maybe we’ll find justice next week (spoiler alert—we won’t).


Oklahoma State

With the loss of starting quarterback Brandon Weeden and star receiver Justin Blackmon, many experts wrote off the Oklahoma State Cowboys as a team in a rebuilding process and ranked them No. 19 in the nation.

After beating the Savannah State Tigers 84-0 in their first game, you’d think that the team would have catapulted up the standings, right?


Instead of taking their rightful spot in the top 10 after such a dominant performance, the Cowboys jumped just one spot to No. 18—only one spot ahead of the Michigan Wolverines, who lost big to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

That is pure insanity.


Notre Dame

Another team that didn’t receive enough credit after a wild Week 1 was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. After traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to play a game in Ireland, Notre Dame beat the Navy Midshipmen in convincing fashion, 50-10.

Instead of being rewarded for their elite play despite the fact that the team’s starting quarterback was not on the field, the previously unranked Fighting Irish were given the No. 22 spot.

That’s a slap in the face.

With teams like Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and South Carolina barely eking out wins, there is no way the AP can justify the lack of respect for Notre Dame in the Week 2 polls.



The Georgia Bulldogs—one of the SEC’s toughest teams—started the season ranked as the No. 6 team in the nation. After a huge 45-23 win over Buffalo, the Bulldogs have moved…

…back to No. 7??

That’s right, folks. The Bulldogs won their game convincingly, but it wasn’t enough to keep them in the same spot in the ranking. Apparently, the win was so unconvincing that the program deserved to fall a spot.


With teams ahead of Georgia like the Oklahoma Sooners—a team that almost lost to a relative unknown in the UTEP Miners—the ridiculousness of the Week 2 AP Poll has fans angry.

Surprise, surprise; controversy in college football.


AP Top 25
Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (45) 1-0 1481
2 USC (11) 1-0 1435
3 LSU (4) 1-0 1382
4 Oregon 1-0 1295
5 Oklahoma 1-0 1170
6 Florida State 1-0 1135
7 Georgia 1-0 1083
8 Arkansas 1-0 992
9 South Carolina 1-0 980
9 West Virginia 1-0 980
11 Michigan State 1-0 915
12 Clemson 1-0 788
13 Wisconsin 1-0 664
14 Ohio State 1-0 634
15 Virginia Tech 1-0 604
16 Nebraska 1-0 603
17 Texas 1-0 584
18 Oklahoma State 1-0 558
19 Michigan 0-1 446
20 TCU 0-0 355
21 Kansas State 1-0 339
22 Notre Dame 1-0 198
23 Louisville 1-0 190
24 Florida 1-0 145
25 Stanford 1-0 131


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