Oregon's 66-3 dismantling of an overmatched Nicholls State team, combined with Ohio State's unspectacular 40-20 win over Buffalo, propelled the Ducks to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
UO returns to the second spot behind Alabama, the same position the Ducks held in the final tally of the 2012 season. OSU usurped No. 2 in the preseason poll, on the strength of its undefeated campaign and Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, Braxton Miller.
The Ducks validated their status as 59-point favorites against NSU, with room to spare. Conversely, the Buckeyes were favored by 34.5 over their opponents from the Mid-American Conference. OSU started like a house-of-fire, building a 23-0 lead on Miller's two passing touchdowns.
The Bulls cut the deficit to 10 twice thereafter, perhaps exposing some vulnerability in the OSU defense. While it wasn't enough to bridge the gap to within one score, it was enough for AP voters to lose some confidence.
Polls can be especially volatile at this time of year, with teams ironing out kinks and establishing their identities. Moreover, the sample size is at its smallest—while the initial poll is based largely on conjecture, the previous season typically serves as a guide.
The Week 2 poll is even more muddled because of the single game's influence on voters, evident in this decision.