College Football Rankings 2013 Week 2: Updated Top 25 Projections After Week 1
The first week of the college football season is in the books, so here's a projection of what the Top 25 will look like when the polls come out Tuesday.
There were classic games and a few upsets in Week 1, so there will be some movement in the polls.
Despite big wins in the first week, it'll be tough for some teams to make big jumps, because the top of the poll looked strong. There wasn't much clarification as to which top teams will be the last ones standing, but this has the makings of a great college football season.
Here is an updated projection of the Week 2 Associated Press poll, with last week's rankings courtesy of ESPN.com.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
Alabama looked ready to win a third consecutive title. It jumped out to a 28-10 halftime lead over Virginia Tech and coasted in the second half.
The offense didn't look great, but it didn't need to. Christion Jones got the team on the board when he returned a punt for a touchdown, and the team never looked back. He would later add a kickoff return and a receiving touchdown, making him arguably the top player of Week 1.
Although the Hokies outgained the Crimson Tide on offense 212-206, Virginia Tech had a tough time moving the football. If you take out a 77-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the team had only 135 yards of offense.
Alabama had only two offensive touchdowns, but this was a total team effort. The Crimson Tide will stay No. 1 until someone knocks them off.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
Coach Urban Meyer is now 13-0 at Ohio State, and his team had an interesting day against Buffalo.
The Buckeyes were dominant in the first quarter. They went up and down the field at will, and quarterback Braxton Miller was able to make plays with his arm. After each of the first two touchdowns, Meyer elected to go for two. He was successful, and the Buckeyes jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Fans should be encouraged by Miller's performance. He still has room to grow, but he looked much better than last season.
Buffalo outscored Ohio State 20-17 the rest of the game, but the outcome was never in doubt. Voters may look at this game and penalize the Buckeyes for not winning by more.
The Buckeyes coasted after the first quarter. Playing that way could cost them against tougher competition, but they did enough to stay at No. 2.
3. Oregon Ducks (1-0)
Chip Kelly is now in the NFL, but the Ducks flew down the field. They set a school record for most yards in a game with 772 against Nicholls State. They had 500 rushing yards, and three different players recorded over 100 yards on the ground.
Oregon looked great in Mark Helfrich's debut. It was up 24-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter, and it kept adding to the lead the entire game. The final score of 66-3 was impressive, but the opposition wasn't supposed to put up much of a challenge.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back De'Anthony Thomas put themselves near the top of the Heisman watch. Mariota had nearly 350 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.
The Ducks looked great in Week 1. They could jump Ohio State, but this type of game shouldn't be enough to move up in the polls.
4. Stanford Cardinal (0-0)
Stanford was off in the opening week, so no movement here. A home game against San Jose State on Saturday will be the first time the team will take the field and show the nation what it can do.
5. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)
Like Ohio State, South Carolina had a huge first quarter but didn't put up many points the rest of the game. A 17-0 lead in the first quarter was enough for the team to pull back the rest of the way against North Carolina.
Connor Shaw completed only 11 of his 20 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Mike Davis ran for 115 yards and a score on only 12 carries.
It was a good test on the first day of the college football season, but now the Gamecocks have to travel to Athens, Ga., to take on the Bulldogs. A win in that game should move South Carolina higher in the polls.
6. Texas A&M Aggies (1-0)
The first half didn't go the way Aggies fans had hoped, but that may have been a good thing. Rice had a 14-7 lead after the first quarter before Texas A&M scored 21 straight points and held a 28-21 lead at the half.
With Rice still being competitive, Johnny Manziel had a chance to play in meaningful action in the second half. He looked great in his first game since winning the Heisman.
It was clear the Aggies need Manziel if they are going to contend in the SEC. He helped the team blow out Rice, and the voters should evaluate the team based on how it played when he was in the game.
7. Clemson Tigers (1-0)
The Tigers had the biggest win of the week. This may be a little bit of a low projection, as the Tigers were ranked eighth last week, but the teams ahead of the Tigers looked great.
Clemson upset Georgia to start the season and looks like the team to beat in the ACC. The Tigers won 38-35 thanks to Tajh Boyd's five touchdowns.
The Tigers were the team of the week, but don't expect too much of a jump in the polls.
8. Louisville Cardinals (1-0)
Teddy Bridgewater was fantastic against Ohio. He completed 23 of 28 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns, and he looks like one of the top contenders for the Heisman.
This could have been a trap game for the Cardinals after a huge win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl last season, but they came out and made a statement. With their schedule, this could be a sign of things to come.
9. Florida Gators (1-0)
The Gators had a nice balance on offense as they topped Toledo 24-6. The defense held the Rockets to 205 yards as the team cruised to an easy victory.
10. LSU Tigers (1-0)
LSU had its hands full with TCU, but it was able to come away with a victory at a neutral site.
The Tigers were up 30-17 at the end of the third quarter before letting the Horned Frogs get back in the game. The score got to 30-27 before the Tigers put the game away. The 10-point victory was impressive and should be enough to move the Tigers up in the polls.
11. Georgia Bulldogs (0-1)
It will be interesting to see how far the Bulldogs fall after their loss to Clemson on the road in a tight game.
The game could have gone either way, but the Bulldogs couldn't overcome a high snap on a field-goal attempt in the second half.
This loss doesn't eliminate the Bulldogs from contention, but they will have to run the table the rest of the way if they want to get to Pasadena. For now, Georgia will have to work its way back up in the polls. It will host South Carolina this week.
12. Florida State Seminoles (1-0)
The Seminoles took care of business Monday night, and freshman quarterback Jameis Winston shined in his first start. He completed 17 of 18 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He also had a rushing touchdown in the first half. After the break, he came out and connected on his first two passes, which spanned 51 yards and helped lead Florida State to another score. It was a great start to his career against an ACC opponent.
13. Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0)
The Cowboys fell behind Mississippi State 3-0 but scored touchdowns in each of the next three quarters to win 21-3. It wasn't a cakewalk, but this game could benefit the Cowboys as the season moves on.
14. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)
Losing in last season's title game is in the past, and Notre Dame had to find a way to rebound. Senior Tommy Rees completed 16 of his 23 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns to show that he is capable of leading the team. A 28-6 victory over Temple is a good start, but it won't be enough for the Fighting Irish to make a big jump.
15. Texas Longhorns (1-0)
The score was 0-0 after one quarter, but Texas ended up blowing out New Mexico State. David Ash did everything. He threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns, and he added 91 yards and a score on eight carries.
The Longhorns need Ash to put up big numbers like that all season, but he can't throw two interceptions every game. It was a good start for Texas.
16. Oklahoma Sooners (1-0)
The Sooners were also in a scoreless game after one quarter, but they pulled away from Louisiana-Monroe in the middle of the game.
The 34-0 final score shows how dominant the defense was. The Warhawks were held to only 166 yards of total offense. The passing game needs to improve, but the Sooners looked good on the ground with 305 rushing yards.
It will take at least one more weeks for the Sooners to jump their rivals.
17. Michigan Wolverines (1-0)
In their first game without Denard Robinson, the Wolverines put up some points. They beat Central Michigan 59-9 and didn't let up until the final quarter. Michigan had a 35-6 halftime lead but added 21 points in the third to show just how explosive the team can be.
18. UCLA Bruins (1-0)
UCLA had a 17-13 lead at the half, but a strong second half gave the Bruins an easy win. They scored at least 20 points in each quarter in the second half and put Nevada away. The Bruins will benefit from poor performances by a couple of teams ahead of them, and they will jump up a few spots.
19. Northwestern Wildcats (1-0)
Northwestern didn't look great in the opener, but they went on the road to Cal and came away with a victory. The Wildcats won 44-30 in a tough game, and the voters will respond by moving Northwestern up a few spots.
20. Wisconsin Badgers (1-0)
Wisconsin, like Michigan, was looking to replace a big-time playmaker. Montee Ball is gone, but the Badgers ran for 393 yards against Massachusetts. Three players had at least 100 rushing yards, and Melvin Gordon and James White each topped 140 yards.
Those numbers overshadowed a defense that didn't allow a point and allowed just over 200 total yards.
It was a good outing by the entire team, and the Badgers will jump a few spots.
21. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0)
Nebraska had a tough time putting Wyoming away and had to hold on for a 37-34 victory.
The Cornhuskers ran for 375 yards, and two guys had at least 100 rushing yards. Unfortunately for them, they allowed 383 passing yards and let Shaun Wick rush for 101 yards. The defense is going to have to get better, so look for Nebraska to fall in this week's poll.
22. TCU Horned Frogs (1-0)
TCU shouldn't fall too far after losing to LSU. It kept the game close against a strong opponent but was unable to come out on top. The Horned Frogs will have a couple of weeks to prepare for their next big game.
The loss will move TCU down a few spots, but it shouldn't be a big drop.
23. USC Trojans (1-0)
The Trojans looked sluggish to start the game and trailed 5-3 with under five minutes remaining in the first half. They exploded for 17 points in just over four minutes to take control of the game on the way to scoring 27 straight points.
USC had a disappointing season last year, but a big win to start the season should give the team confidence. Next week will be its first conference game.
24. Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
With Boise State and Oregon State dropping out of the rankings, two spots open up in the polls. The first spot will go to Michigan State. They will become the sixth team from the Big Ten to be ranked.
A 26-13 victory over Western Michigan doesn't look great, but the defense looks like it will carry the team. The Broncos had only 204 total yards and turned the ball over four times. The Spartans have some work to do on offense, but they will enter the polls this week.
25. Baylor Bears (1-0)
Baylor and Miami (FL) both had impressive opening victories, but the Bears will get more votes.
A 69-3 blowout of Wofford was a strong start to the season. The Bears gained nearly 700 total yards. Bryce Petty completed 19 of 24 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Lache Seastrunk added 111 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
The Bears looked good against a weak opponent, which should be enough to get them up to No. 25.
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