College Football Rankings 2013: Winners and Losers from Week 2

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIISeptember 3, 2013

College Football Rankings 2013: Winners and Losers from Week 2

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    Clemson's monumental victory over Georgia highlighted Week 1 in college football, but the Tigers weren't the only winners when the Week 2 rankings were released.

    While Alabama remained at No. 1 in both polls, the media selected a new No. 2, earned by a dominant effort over the opening weekend. 

    Meanwhile, at the back of the polls, new arrivals shook up the rankings after similar performances.

     

    Note: Rankings are based off the official Week 2 AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls. 

Winner: Oregon

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    Week 2 AP: 2

    Preseason AP: 3

    Week 2 Coaches: 3

    Preseason Coaches: 3

    After a lackluster performance from Ohio State against Buffalo and an incredibly dominant effort by Oregon, there was a slight shift at the top of the polls.

    The coaches kept the top three consistent, but the media slotted Oregon at No. 2 behind Alabama.

    The Ducks didn't have a single first-place vote, however.

    Three coaches and one media voter selected OSU at No. 1.

Loser: Nebraska

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    Week 2 AP: 22

    Preseason AP: 18

    Week 2 Coaches: 19

    Preseason Coaches: 18

    Nebraska saw a deserved dip in the polls after just eking out a 37-34 victory over Wyoming. 

    The Cornhuskers dropped one spot in the coaches poll, and four spots in the AP poll.

    Two chances for redemption are coming up for Nebraska, as Southern Miss and UCLA will make their way to Lincoln in the coming weeks.

     

Winner: Washington

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    Week 2 AP: 20

    Preseason AP: 34

    Week 2 Coaches: 23

    Preseason Coaches: NR (T-43)

    By far the biggest riser in the Week 2 polls was Washington.

    Thanks to a 38-6 drubbing of Boise State, the Huskies made an incredible jump in both polls.

    UW rose 20 spots from a tie for 43rd to No. 23 in the coaches poll and leaped 14 slots from No. 34 to No. 20 in the AP Poll.

    All of a sudden, the Huskies look like a legitimate contender in the Pac-12 Conference.

Loser: Georgia

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    Week 2 AP: 11

    Preseason AP: 5

    Week 2 Coaches: 12

    Preseason Coaches: 5

    While Georgia only lost to a Top 10 opponent by three points on the road, Clemson came out looking clearly like the better team.

    As a result, a big drop was expected for UGA.

    The coaches dropped the Bulldogs from No. 5 to No. 12, while the AP was slightly more understanding, only sliding them back to No. 11.

    On the bright side, UGA will have plenty of opportunities to climb its way back up, starting next week against No. 6 South Carolina. 

Winner: LSU

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    Week 2 AP: 9

    Preseason AP: 12

    Week 2 Coaches: 11

    Preseason Coaches: 13

    LSU notched a decisive 37-27 win over then-No. 20 TCU and was rewarded as a result.

    The AP slotted the Tigers in the Top 10, up three spots from the preseason. Meanwhile, the coaches saw it fit to give LSU a two-spot bump from No. 13 to No. 11.

    The Tigers will have numerous chances to prove that they can still compete for the BCS title, the first of which will be a Sept. 28 trip to Georgia.

Loser: Oklahoma State

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    Week 2 AP: 13

    Preseason AP: 13

    Week 2 Coaches: 14

    Preseason Coaches: 14

    Oklahoma State was dominant in a 21-3 victory over SEC foe Mississippi State.

    However, that wasn't enough to earn any added recognition in the eyes of the voters.

    OSU remained sedentary at No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the coaches poll.

    Unfortunately, the Cowboys could be waiting until their Oct. 19 date with TCU or longer for an opportunity to impress voters.

     

Winner: Clemson

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    Week 2 AP: 4

    Preseason AP: 8

    Week 2 Coaches: 5

    Preseason Coaches: 8

    In an impressive victory over Georgia, Clemson solidified itself as a Top 5 team in both polls.

    The press slid the Tigers past Stanford to No. 4, while the coaches simply swapped their ranking with Georgia, which was No. 5 in the preseason.

    All eyes will be on Clemson's Oct. 19 tilt with Florida State—a game that could carry ACC, national title and Heisman Trophy implications.

Winner and Loser: Baylor

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    Week 2 AP: 23

    Preseason AP: NR (27)

    Week 2 Coaches: NR (26)

    Preseason Coaches: NR (29)

    All Baylor didn't do against Wofford was complete the shutout.

    The Bears decimated their opening opponent 69-3 and earned their way into the AP Top 25 in the process.

    However, the coaches weren't as impressed with the dominant performance from BU, as they kept the boys from Waco, Texas just outside of the Top 25.

    Baylor has an end-loaded schedule and may not have an opportunity for a serious rise in the polls until its Nov. 7 matchup with Oklahoma.

Winner and Loser: Florida

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    Week 2 AP: 12

    Preseason AP: 10

    Week 2 Coaches: 9

    Preseason Coaches: 10

    Florida wasn't overly impressive in its 24-6 win over Toledo and the AP responding accordingly, sliding the Gators back two places to No. 12.

    The coaches, however, were adequately impressed, as they actually gave UF a one-spot bump to No. 9.

    This weekend, Florida will tangle with Miami, which entered the coaches poll this week in a tie for No. 24.

Winner and Loser: USC

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    Week 2 AP: 25

    Preseason AP: 24

    Week 2 Coaches: 22

    Preseason Coaches: 24

    USC saw a split reaction from its lackluster 30-13 win over Hawaii.

    The media dropped the Trojans back one spot to No. 25, while the coaches actually gave them a two-spot bump to No. 22.

    This polarity isn't surprising, as some might find it difficult to drop a team in the rankings after a win.

    At the same time, USC didn't look great against a subpar Hawaii squad.