The release of the Associated Press’ first regular-season college football ranking of 2013 has fans in a frenzy over the new list, and Week 2 will feature many of the same top teams that dropped down the board struggling once again.
All of the following teams failed to make an impact in Week 1 and will continue to falter this week as well. It could get ugly as a supporter of each of these programs.
No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs
The Georgia Bulldogs were involved in the best matchup of Week 1 against the Clemson Tigers, but they were unable to win the game and have slipped to No. 11 in the rankings.
With No. 6 South Carolina traveling to Sanford Stadium in Week 2, this could easily be two straight losses to open the season for the Bulldogs. Georgia had the more explosive offense of the two SEC foes, but an injury to wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell has evened the playing field.
Add in the mental anguish that comes with a heartbreaking 38-35 defeat, and the Bulldogs will be at a serious disadvantage. If Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney regains his elite form in Week 2, Georgia is in serious trouble.
No. 12 Florida Gators
The Florida Gators won the first game of the season, but with a mediocre and uninspiring 24-6 performance against the Toledo Rockets, the program has been put on upset alert by a dangerous an unranked Miami Hurricanes team.
Florida’s biggest issue is the inconsistency of quarterback Jeff Driskel. With lackluster numbers last season and 153 yards passing and one touchdown in the opener, the Gators can’t lean on the QB position to carry the offense.
The biggest task for Florida will be stopping sophomore Duke Johnson. After allowing Toledo’s top running back David Fluellen to gain 5.1 yards per carry, Johnson should have huge numbers after posting 19 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic.
The Gators could start the season 1-1.
No. 25 USC Trojans
Despite their season-opening win over Hawaii, the USC Trojans dropped from No. 24 to No. 25 in the AP poll. The reason is because the Trojans looked somewhat disappointing in their victory.
Quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek both saw time, and neither impressed in the passing game. Kessler went just 10-of-19 for 95 yards with a touchdown and a pick, while Wittek went 5-of-10 for 77 yards.
Sophomore running back Tre Madden and star wide receiver Marqise Lee each fared well, but Lee was inconsistent at times. Some of this was due in part to lackluster quarterback play, and some of that was squarely on Lee.
USC is going to have to play a lot better than it did against the Warriors to rise up the rankings.
In Week 2, the Trojans will take on Washington State, who put up a battle against Auburn in Week 1. It was a tight contest all the way until the end, and the Cougars even missed some chances late in the ballgame. Quarterback Connor Halliday threw a ton, so USC has to be ready to shut down the passing game next week if it wants to earn a dominant win and sway voters.
The question is, can their offense find a groove?
|Rank||Team (first-place votes)||Record||Points|
|3||Ohio State (1)||1-0||1330|
All stats via ESPN.
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