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College Football Rankings 2014: Twitter Reacts to AP and Amway Week 2 Polls

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles passes against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half of the Advocare Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2014

Insanity in Week 1 of the college football season saw multiple teams make statements about where they stand. Some statements were positive, while others were so negative that they plummeted in the most recent polls.

With the latest Associated Press and Amway polls now released, there were plenty of shake-ups in the rankings. The full AP poll can be found via AP.org, and the Amway Coaches Poll is listed via USA Today.

Here's a look at the rankings:

Amway and AP Week 2 Polls
RankAssociated Press Top 25Amway Top 25
1Florida State Seminoles (46)Florida State Seminoles (57)
2Alabama Crimson Tide (1)Alabama Crimson Tide
3Oregon Ducks (5)Oklahoma Sooners (2)
4Oklahoma Sooners (2)Oregon Ducks (2)
5Auburn TigersAuburn Tigers
6Georgia Bulldogs (2)Michigan State Spartans
7Michigan State SpartansOhio State Buckeyes
8Ohio State BuckeyesGeorgia Bulldogs (1)
9Texas A&M Aggies (2)Baylor Bears
10Baylor BearsStanford Cardinal
11UCLA BruinsUCLA Bruins
12LSU Tigers (1)LSU Tigers
13Stanford CardinalTexas A&M Aggies
14USC TrojansUSC Trojans
15Ole Miss RebelsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
16Notre Dame Fighting IrishArizona State Sun Devils
17Arizona State Sun DevilsOle Miss Rebels
18Wisconsin BadgersNebraska Cornhuskers
19Nebraska CornhuskersWisconsin Badgers
20Kansas State WildcatsKansas State Wildcats
21South Carolina Gamecocks (T-21)South Carolina Gamecocks
22North Carolina Tar Heels (T-21)Missouri Tigers
23Clemson TigersNorth Carolina Tar Heels
24Missouri TigersClemson Tigers
25Louisville CardinalsTexas Longhorns
AP/USA Today

South Carolina went from No. 9 in both polls to No. 21 heading into Week 2. In the Amway poll, Wisconsin dropped from No. 16 down to No. 19 after a tough loss. As for their opponents, both Texas A&M and LSU climbed up to Nos. 13 and 12, respectively.

Another big mover in the polls was Georgia after a blowout win over Clemson. The Bulldogs jumped all the way up to No. 8 in the Amway poll, as Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com notes:

As for the AP poll, Brett McMurphy of ESPN was candid about putting UGA at No. 1 on Twitter:

While Georgia was narrowly inside the Top 10, the team was just one of four teams to receive a first-place vote, as Nabulsi points out.

The Bulldogs might have been surprised by the result, while Alabama was likely befuddled that it didn't receive a first-place vote.

After the close win over West Virginia, the voters clearly took note of the Crimson Tide's struggles. But still in the Top Four of the poll, they remain one of the top programs in the country moving forward.

The close matchup also helped WVU in the rankings, as Bob Hertzel of TimesWV.com points out:

One team that is also catching the eye of voters for the right reasons is Oklahoma State. On the heels of a surprisingly close contest against Florida State, the Cowboys narrowly missed out on making it into the Top 25 in the Amway poll.

Trey Scott of 247Sports shared his thoughts on the slight snub:

Despite not making it into the poll, Oklahoma State still received 106 votes. With Texas having 150 votes and Clemson sitting on 155, the Cowboys certainly have a chance to make some noise in Week 2.

Though it barely missed out, George Schroeder of USA Today believes Oklahoma State should have been in:

Following a difficult victory for Ohio State over Navy, the Buckeyes also dropped one place in the Amway poll. Though they remained ahead of the Bulldogs and others, the Buckeyes were one of the few teams to lose a place in the poll after a win.

UCLA also dropped after a win to No. 11 in the Amway poll, but OSU fans live and breathe college football.

Rob Kunz of Time Warner Cable reminded Buckeyes faithful that the poll doesn't mean much in the scheme of the season:

Prior to the release, the rivalry for the best team in South Carolina took a strange turn. The two normally dominant teams both suffered blowout losses at the hands of ranked opponents who skyrocketed in the rankings.

But Aaron Brenner of The Post & Courier noted the potential shake-up in the polls:

Ultimately, the Gamecocks would be ranked ahead of the Tigers, but just barely by dropping 12 spots in the Amway poll. After a disappointing loss in Week 1, the team will need to quickly recover against an impressive ECU team to remain in the polls.

One of the most common themes, of course, was Texas A&M making a huge jump after the blistering win over South Carolina. Harold Gutmann of The Durham Herald-Sun shared his poll on Twitter:

In his latest rankings, Gutmann thrusts the Aggies all the way up to No. 15 after not having the program in his initial poll.

Texas A&M is now ranked inside the Top 15 in both polls—No. 9 in AP poll—but still has plenty of room to move up with Kenny Hill under center.

Moving forward, there are myriad teams that still have plenty to prove. Florida State and Alabama stumbled out of the gate, but they have cupcakes this week to remain as two of the best programs in the country.

As for Oregon, a stiff test at home against Michigan State will prove just how dynamic this offense is during the 2014 season.

With Marcus Mariota and Connor Cook facing off—both of whom were ranked in ESPN's Brock Huard's top-10 quarterback list in the preseason (subscription required)—the showdown will be the one to watch.

Whichever team comes out as the victor will easily jump into the conversation for the College Football Playoff. While the Ducks are already in those talks, the Spartans could make a massive statement with a victory.

 

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