College Football Playoff 2014: Updated Outlook After Release of Week 2 Rankings

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College Football Playoff 2014: Updated Outlook After Release of Week 2 Rankings
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Week 1 of the 2014 college football season is officially in the books, and fans of the sport have already turned their attention to the Week 2 rankings and the updated outlook for the new playoffs system.

With several vaunted programs earning big victories and other lower-ranked teams taking hard-fought losses early in the season, the rankings have already undergone some changes.

Here are the full Amway Coaches, Associated Press and Bleacher Report Top-25 polls and the latest college football playoff outlook.


Week 2 Amway and AP Top 25 Rankings
Rank Associated Press Top 25 Amway Top 25 Bleacher Report Top 25
1 Florida State Seminoles Florida State Seminoles Florida State Seminoles
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama Crimson Tide Oregon Ducks
3 Oregon Ducks Oklahoma Sooners Auburn Tigers
4 Oklahoma Sooners Oregon Ducks Michigan State Spartans
5 Auburn Tigers Auburn Tigers Oklahoma Sooners
6 Georgia Bulldogs Michigan State Spartans Georgia Bulldogs
7 Michigan State Spartans Ohio State Buckeyes Alabama Crimson Tide
8 Ohio State Buckeyes Georgia Bulldogs Baylor Bears
9 Texas A&M Aggies Baylor Bears Stanford Cardinal
10 Baylor Bears Stanford Cardinal LSU Tigers
11 UCLA Bruins UCLA Bruins Ohio State Buckeyes
12 LSU Tigers LSU Tigers Texas A&M Aggies
13 Stanford Cardinal Texas A&M Aggies UCLA Bruins
14 USC Trojans USC Trojans USC Trojans
15 Mississippi Rebels Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame Fighting Irish
16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Arizona State Sun Devils Mississippi Rebels
17 Arizona State Sun Devils Mississippi Rebels Arizona State Sun Devils
18 Wisconsin Badgers Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers
19 Nebraska Cornhuskers Wisconsin Badgers Kansas State Wildcats
20 Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State Wildcats Wisconsin Badgers
21 South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina Gamecocks South Carolina Gamecocks
22 North Carolina Tar Heels Missouri Tigers Clemson Tigers
23 Clemson Tigers North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels
24 Missouri Tigers Clemson Tigers Texas Longhorns
25 Louisville Cardinals Texas Longhorns Missouri Tigers

Source: USAToday.com, Associated Press and Bleacher Report

 

Updated College Football Playoff Outlook

After a wild start to the regular season, the college football playoffs are already coming into focus for many fans unsure of how the postseason will shake out.

The No. 1 team in the nation is still the Florida State Seminoles. Despite being pushed to the limit by Oklahoma State in a thrilling 37-31 battle, the team proved it can pull off the big wins in close moments. While former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was a shell of the star he was last season (just one touchdown and two interceptions through the air), the program’s defense stepped up big when needed and bailed Florida State out of a jam.

College football reporter Kevin McGuire helped talk many fans off the ledge:

Another playoff contender who struggled in Week 1 was the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama was supposed to roll over West Virginia in the opening game of the season, but only could manage a 33-23 victory. It was clear from the yardage allowed that the pass defense for the Crimson Tide needs major work (365 of West Virginia’s 393 total yards came through the air), but amassing 288 yards and three touchdowns on the ground should be enough to keep them in every game this season.

Former NFL star Joey Galloway is not sold on Alabama, though:

Two postseason threats who didn’t falter in the opening games of the season were the Oregon Ducks and the Oklahoma Sooners. With Oregon winning by 49 points against South Dakota and Oklahoma winning by 32 points over Louisiana Tech, the hype that surrounded both programs heading into the season looks to be warranted.

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Programs like Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M deserve to be mentioned after Week 1 due to their ability to knock off other ranked programs, but it’s too early to consider them legitimate postseason contenders right now.

On the other hand, teams like Michigan State, Stanford and Baylor, who are right on the cusp of entering college football playoff consideration, made a strong case for Week 2 and beyond with huge victories.

The lack of a BCS system ruling the college landscape has taken a weight off the shoulders of the fans. It will be easy to see as the season progresses which programs are the best, and selecting the top four should come naturally after a full season.

 

*Stats via ESPN.com.

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