College Football Rankings 2012: Teams in No Danger of Dropping in the Standings
Even at this early point in the college football season, it's funny to look back at our predictions for the way the top-ranked teams would start out, and it's funny to see how wrong we were. Already.
There's plenty of time for things to change, and there's plenty of time for the teams who have looked so good early on to crumble, but even now—two weeks in—it's impossible to see that happening to some of these teams that have looked so dominant thus far.
Here are some of those who have more than justified their rankings early on and are in no danger of dropping any time soon.
No. 1 Alabama (2-0)
How does Alabama follow up its Week 1 domination of then-No. 8 Michigan? By shutting out its next opponent, Western Kentucky, 35-0.
Already, what the Crimson Tide have done this season is impressive. This is a team that encountered its fair share of doubters in the preseason due to worry that its defense had lost too many key components to follow up its national championship campaign with the same kind of success.
But thus far, Nick Saban's crew does not seem to have missed a beat. AJ McCarron has been stellar, throwing for six touchdowns in two games, and this maligned defense has only allowed a total of 14 points.
To think that this team didn't start out the season ranked No. 1 is a joke, but now, it doesn't have to worry about going anywhere.
No. 6 Florida State (2-0)
Which team has looked the strongest thus far?
The ACC has been weak enough in recent years that it's somewhat surprising when a team manages to be as dominant as the Seminoles have been early this season.
But maybe this, finally, is the year Florida State returns to glory.
It certainly looks that way now: Coming off its opening-week, 69-3 throttling of Murray State, the Seminoles posted a 55-0 victory over Savannah State in Week 2. And you thought Alabama's defense was looking good: This team has allowed three—three—points in the first two weeks of the season. A single field goal.
Not to mention the fact that the Seminoles have put up a whopping 124 points in the first two weeks. This is a team that has its offense and its defense functioning to perfection. Obviously, it needs to prove itself against a team we've heard of—but that will come in Week 3 against Wake Forest.
No. 5 Oklahoma (2-0)
What the Sooners have done early in 2012 is impressive by any standards—it's just hard to see when you look at what teams like FSU and Alabama have accomplished.
Oklahoma managed to fly under the radar a bit heading into this season, despite finishing 10-3 in 2011. Maybe that's because it finished fourth in the Big 12 last year—not terrible, but not terribly impressive, either.
The Sooners have made a statement early in 2012, though, posting a 69-13 victory over Florida A&M in Week 2 after taking down UTEP 24-7 in Week 1. Defense has been the name of the game for the top teams early this season, and Oklahoma has been no exception, holding its opponents to a meager 20 points in two games.
But like Florida State, the Sooners' toughest early test is directly ahead: Kansas State comes to town next Saturday.
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