Nick Saban coaches his team to victory against Penn State
(Tyler Stimson votes in the ESPNU poll)
1. Alabama (2-0)
Beat Penn State 24-3. Alabama led 17-0 at half, and took advantage of three Penn State turnovers. Their defense bended, but didn't break. They looked like the number one team in the country against a quality opponent.
2. Ohio State (2-0)
Beat Miami 36-24. Aside from a few special team breakdowns, Ohio State was fairly dominant at home. Their defense was incredibly opportunistic. That 45-7 win over Marshall looks even better considering Marshall's near upset of West Virginia.
3. Boise State (1-0)
Boise State took a bye this week and saw their title hopes take a hit because of Virginia Tech's shocking loss at home to James Madison. Virginia Tech will really have to turn things around in ACC play for Boise to have any sort of realistic shot at playing in the national championship game. Obviously, Virginia Tech was not the same team Saturday that they were last Monday.
Boise should not drop precipitously. This is effectively the same team that smacked Oregon and upset TCU last year. The Oregon State game at home in two weeks becomes much more important now. They need to do more than just win now. They need to make a statement.
4. TCU (2-0)
Beat Tennessee Tech 62-7. This team has a real chance to make some noise. If you are looking for a team that might sneak into the BCS championship game ahead of Boise State, TCU may be that team. They have more quality opponents remaining than Boise does (BYU, Air Force, and @ Utah), and if they beat them impressively it might be enough to pass up Boise.
5. Oregon (2-0)
Beat Tennessee 48-13. They got off to a shaky start on the road against a motivated opponent, but after a 70 minute storm delay, they battled through their growing pains and absolutely dominated the second half. This team is explosive.
6. Nebraska (2-0)
Beat Idaho 38-17. This is a solid win for Nebraska over an underrated Idaho team. Their defense was great (2 INTs for TDs), but their offense left a lot to be desired. They will get their first real test of the season next week @ Washington.
7. Oklahoma (2-0)
Destroyed Florida State 47-17. Oklahoma answered the questions raised by their surprisingly close game against Utah State quite nicely, by dismantling a talented FSU team.
8. Iowa (2-0)
Dominated Iowa State 35-7. Iowa was up 28-0 at half-time and completely dominated their instate rivals.
9. Texas (2-0)
Beat Wyoming 34-7. Wyoming led for a brief moment, 7-6, late in the first half, but after that it was all Texas.
10. Florida (2-0)
Beat South Florida 38-14. It was another "sloppy" yet dominating win for Florida, who took advantage of 5 turnovers, including 4 Interceptions to get the win.
11. Utah (2-0)
Beat UNLV 38-10. Their starting QB Jordan Wynn didn't play, but it didn't matter.
12. Stanford (2-0)
Beat UCLA 35-0 in LA.
13. Michigan (2-0)
Beat Notre Dame in South Bend 28-24 in a thriller.
If I voted for the Heisman right now, Denard Robinson would be my vote. He has been the most outstanding player in college football without question during the first two weeks. In two games he has completed 70% of his passes while throwing for 436 yards and two TDs. Even more impressively, he's run the ball 57 times for 455 yards while averaging 8 YPC in two games.
14. Wisconsin (2-0)
Beat San Jose State 27-14 @ home.
15. LSU (2-0)
Beat Vanderbilt 27-3.
16. South Carolina (2-0)
Beat Georgia 17-6 @ home.
17. Miami (1-1)
On a terrible day for the ACC, Miami was the only team that didn't horribly disappoint. If Jacory Harris hadn't thrown so many INTs, they would've had a chance to upset the Buckeyes in the horseshoe.
18. Fresno State (1-0)
Took a bye this week. Beat Cincinnati 28-14 last week.
19. Houston (2-0)
Beat UTEP 54-24.
20. Auburn (2-0)
Won a hard fought SEC road game against Mississippi State 17-14. Not very impressive, but it is a win on the road in the SEC.
21. Arkansas (2-0)
Beat ULM 31-7. They really didn't come out looking particularly impressive. We'll learn a lot more about this team against a more challenging opponent next week @ Georgia
22. USC (2-0)
Beat Virginia 17-14.
23. Oregon State (0-1)
Had a bye. Lost to TCU 30-21 last week.
24. Air Force (2-0)
Dominated BYU 35-14 in an emotional win. Air Force's victory is the first over BYU by a MWC opponent (besides TCU and Utah) since 2005.
25. James Madison University (2-0)
JMU is an elite FCS school, who pulled off the greatest FCS upset of a division I team since Appalachian State beat Michigan. They upset 13th ranked Virginia Tech, 21-16, in an absolute shocker. I will give credit where credit is due. I personally think this Virginia Tech team is better then that Michigan team. But, we'll see.
Teams That Dropped out of the Rankings