College Football Rankings 2013: Biggest Risers and Fallers from Latest AP Poll

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 4, 2013

CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31:  Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers runs with the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The first Associated Press college football Top 25 poll of the regular season came out Tuesday, and the biggest matchups of the season's first weekend took the forefront in shaking up the rankings.

Most of the preseason Top 25 stayed away from danger by avoiding the upset, but a couple of squads weren't as lucky and saw their rank plummet—or fall off the board entirely.

Let's take a look at the biggest changes from the Week 2 AP poll.

Week 2 Associated Press Top 25 (via ESPN)

3Ohio State1-01,330
6South Carolina1-01,181
7Texas A&M1-01,085
10Florida State1-0953
13Oklahoma State1-0780
14Notre Dame1-0707
  • Also received votes: Miami (FL) 127, Ole Miss 50, Arizona State 48, Michigan State 42, Northern Illinois 27, Cincinnati 27, Fresno State 22, Virginia Tech 12, Bowling Green 9, Georgia Tech 8, Arizona 6, Penn State 4, Boise State 3, Virginia 2, Arkansas 1

Biggest Risers

No. 4 Clemson Tigers (No. 8 Last Week)

"Clemsoning" may not be dead just yet—there's a remainder of the season to prove that—but the Tigers' 38-35 win over then-No. 5 Georgia proved they're at least on the short list of national title contenders and that the Bulldogs are not. 

Tajh Boyd validated his Heisman hype with his 18-of-30 performance with 270 yards and three scores—no interceptions—that featured his offense simply showing command over the Bulldogs' inexperienced secondary all game long.

Dabo Swinney's defense may need some work—Georgia held a 545-467 advantage in total yards. But as long as Boyd stays hot and Sammy Watkins keeps going beast mode, the Tigers should be fine with No. 10 Florida State and No. 6 South Carolina as their only two ranked foes remaining. 

No. 9 LSU Tigers (No. 12 Last Week)

Les Miles and the LSU Tigers apparently felt disrespected by their top-10 snubbing in the preseason poll, as they went into a neutral site at Cowboys Stadium and defeated the home-state TCU Horned Frogs 37-27.

After losing eight defensive players to the draft, the Tigers may not have made a huge statement by letting up 27 points but still left Miles impressed, according to the AP's post-game report

"They looked like an LSU defense to me," Miles said to the AP. "They flew around."

If they can fly around anything like the 2012 unit, things should be just fine down in the Bayou. 

No. 20 Washington Huskies (Unranked Last Week)

After only picking up 17 total votes in the preseason poll, Washington made a statement over then-No. 19 Boise State in a 38-6 victory that proved this team's resurgence is finally underway. 

Voters clearly noticed, as they not only knocked the Broncos off the board completely but also skyrocketed the Huskies to No. 20. They skipped over USC, Nebraska, Wisconsin and more teams with the win.

Senior Keith Price backed up the offseason hype with a massive performance—23-of-31, 324 yards, two touchdowns—and they racked up over 250 yards on the ground. Add that to no touchdowns given up, and the Huskies had themselves a day.


No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs (No. 5 Last Week)

Like LSU, the Georgia Bulldogs had the difficult challenge of replacing a host of defensive stars who are now playing on Sundays. And it's safe to say Mark Richt has a bit more work to do.

Clemson's Boyd tore up the Bulldog secondary and had Aaron Murray trying to play catch-up throughout the second half. It's obvious that Georgia's defense, which is starting three freshmen after seeing the likes of John Jenkins, Bacarri Rambo and Jarvis Jones (among others) head to the NFL, has some serious work to do. 

Add the ACL injury to star wideout Malcolm Mitchell and a huge game this weekend against sixth-ranked South Carolina, and Bulldog fans should be very concerned.

I'm all for one-loss SEC teams making it to a national championship over any undefeated team from another conference, but lose at home to the Gamecocks and Georgia's BCS title hopes are completely vanished. 

No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs (No. 20 Last Week)

TCU has plenty more chances to pick up quality wins now that its in the Big 12, but the Horned Frogs wasted a huge opportunity to knock off one of the SEC's elite in Saturday's loss to LSU.

The new-look Tigers offense—led by recent hire Cam Cameron—couldn't be stopped by the Horned Frogs as Zach Mettenberger threw for 251 yards and one late touchdown to seal the game. 

TCU stayed in it throughout by making some big plays and keeping the score close, but Miles' squad put together drive after drive of a methodical and balanced game plan, and it made the difference. 

Boise State Broncos (No. 19 Last Week)

The Boise State Broncos fell completely out of the Top 25 in Week 2's rankings after getting clobbered by Washington 38-6 in their road opener. 

The Broncos were outgained 592-346 on the night, as they were unsuccessful in turning decent drives into scoring opportunities throughout the entire game. Two field goals from Dan Goodale would be the only dent Boise State would make on a Husky-dominated scoreboard. 

Once a program that prided itself on undefeated seasons and big-time BCS performances, Boise State is now simply hoping to regain its footing as the team plays four of their next six at home—including two straight. 


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