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

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) throws a pass during warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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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 25Bleacher Report Top 25
1 Florida State Seminoles Florida State SeminolesFlorida State Seminoles
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama Crimson TideOregon Ducks
3 Oregon Ducks Oklahoma SoonersAuburn Tigers
4 Oklahoma Sooners Oregon DucksMichigan State Spartans
5 Auburn Tigers Auburn TigersOklahoma Sooners
6 Georgia Bulldogs Michigan State SpartansGeorgia Bulldogs
7 Michigan State Spartans Ohio State BuckeyesAlabama Crimson Tide
8 Ohio State BuckeyesGeorgia Bulldogs Baylor Bears
9 Texas A&M Aggies Baylor Bears Stanford Cardinal
10 Baylor Bears Stanford CardinalLSU Tigers
11 UCLA BruinsUCLA BruinsOhio State Buckeyes
12 LSU Tigers LSU TigersTexas A&M Aggies
13 Stanford CardinalTexas A&M Aggies UCLA Bruins
14 USC Trojans USC TrojansUSC Trojans
15 Mississippi Rebels Notre Dame Fighting IrishNotre Dame Fighting Irish
16 Notre Dame Fighting IrishArizona State Sun Devils Mississippi Rebels
17 Arizona State Sun Devils Mississippi Rebels Arizona State Sun Devils
18 Wisconsin Badgers Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska Cornhuskers
19 Nebraska CornhuskersWisconsin 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 HeelsNorth Carolina Tar Heels
24 Missouri Tigers Clemson Tigers Texas Longhorns
25 Louisville CardinalsTexas LonghornsMissouri Tigers
Source:, 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.

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.


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