Top 25 rankings in college football are always tricky when the season begins, but there are now several teams that have proven that they belong in this elite group of teams.
There have already been a number of upsets, but that's not the only thing that will put these unranked teams into the rankings heading into Week 3. These teams have simply just played so well that there's no way they can't be ranked anymore.
So, with all of the football going on the past two weekends, which teams have earned a spot in the exclusive Top 25? Let's take a look.
If you weren't convinced about this team before, then you should be now.
The Hurricanes started the season on a high note, beating Florida Atlantic by a score of 34-6. This week they were going against the No. 12-ranked Florida Gators, and they were certainly the underdogs.
Instead, the Hurricanes were able to control the game, especially on defense. They forced five turnovers in the game, with two interceptions coming from Jeff Driskel, the Gators' starting quarterback.
While he didn't have the best game this week, the Hurricanes do have one of the most exciting running backs in the nation in Duke Johnson. He now has 245 yards and two touchdowns on just 40 carries, and he will be looking to make big plays as the Hurricanes make a push up the rankings.
The Hurricanes will have an easy schedule for the next few games, so expect them to shoot up the rankings up through October. If Stephen Morris can keep playing at a high level, this could be an incredibly dangerous team.
Michigan State Spartans
It feels like people write off Michigan State at the beginning of every season, yet they always seem to outperform expectations.
Even though they've played against two weaker opponents, the Spartans' defense has looked great. They've forced six turnovers already, not to mention the fact that they've already had four—yes, four—defensive touchdowns.
The ground game has looked pretty solid as well for the Spartans. They've run for 352 yards over these two games, averaging around 4.5 yards per carry over that time. Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill have been looking solid and they've put up some solid rushing numbers.
The offense may still be finding its groove, but that strong defense absolutely makes this team a Top 25 contender.
Ole Miss Rebels
Two wins to start the season? Check. SEC team? Check. One of the best recruiting classes in the nation? Check.
Looks like it's time to put these guys in the Top 25.
This is arguably one of the most talented teams out there, and with their 2-0 record they should absolutely be a Top 25 team. Bo Wallace is looking to show signs of improvement and the running game has looked good through two games.
The Rebels will be playing against a number of good teams this year, but for now, there's no doubt that they belong in the rankings to start Week 3.
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