In these early stages of the college football season, teams can make big impressions in the minds of voters. There are still question marks and a wealth of uncertainty concerning the way in which the balance of power in the college football landscape falls, and voters are still impressionable.
Feel free to view the Week 2 rankings for both major polls at ESPN. I've looked them over along with the matchups for the top teams and came away with three teams that are going to prove they will be a factor all year.
Here are three schools from the Top 25 that will leave massive impressions on voters.
No. 12 Florida
Week 2 Opponent: Miami
Florida was rock solid in Week 1, but this is not the kind of team that is going to light up the scoreboard.
The Gators used their punishing defense and an efficient offensive attack to handle Toledo, 24-6. Toledo mustered just 205 yards of offense in that game.
Meanwhile, Miami flashed some nice explosiveness in a 34-6 win over Florida Atlantic in its opener. However, the Hurricanes also flashed some sloppiness.
For instance, the Hurricanes received a delay of game penalty before they got a play off from scrimmage.
The Hurricanes did most of their damage on the ground in that game by racking up 303 rushing yards. That isn't going to happen against this Gators defense, and Florida will control this one from start to finish.
Prediction: Florida 20, Miami 10
No. 23 Baylor
Week 2 Opponent: Buffalo
Unlike Florida, Baylor does have the kind of offense that will light up the scoreboard. The Bears put up numbers in the opener that would make their basketball team jealous by beating lower-division Wofford, 69-3.
Meanwhile, Buffalo fell to Ohio State in its opener, 40-20. That game wasn't as close as the score suggested, either. The Buckeyes were up 23-0 at the end of the first quarter.
I'm not expecting the Bears to let off the gas pedal in this one, and that will lead to a commanding victory.
Junior quarterback Bryce Petty was impressive in his season debut as he threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns. I expect him to post another stellar stat line in this matchup.
Prediction: Baylor 55, Buffalo 24
No. 17 Michigan
Week 2 Opponent: Notre Dame
All eyes will be on Ann Arbor, Michigan as the Wolverines host No. 14 Notre Dame in this classic rivalry.
Michigan is coming off their highest-scoring season opener since 1905, as it handed Central Michigan a 59-9 beatdown.
In that game, Michigan bulled its way to 242 rushing yards at 5.1 yards per carry. Meanwhile, quarterback Devin Gardner had an efficient day by going 10-of-15 for 162 yards and a score. However, he did suffer two picks.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame easily handled Temple, 28-6. There is one key number in that game that has me siding towards Michigan in this matchup, though.
Temple ran for 134 yards at 4.6 yards per carry. Those are not huge numbers, and Temple's rushing attack is not on the level of Michigan.
The Wolverines will establish the ground game in this one and consequently will control the flow of this game.
Prediction: Michigan 27, Notre Dame 20
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