ESPN College Football Power Rankings

Molly GraySenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2008

ESPN has released their Week Two college football power rankings.


1. USC

Sitting out a week?  VERY powerful.  In all seriousness however, this USC team is scary.  Expect them to bring it hard to the Buckeyes in the game that everyone has been waiting for this Saturday.

2. Georgia

Georgia moves up a spot from last week, seemingly unfazed by the loss of DT Jeff Owens. They’ve got a difficult schedule, but the Bulldogs have proven they deserve the hype so far this season.

3. Oklahoma

The Sooners cinched their 20th straight home win on Saturday, moving up from No. 5 in last weeks’ rankings.  But they travel to Washington this week, so we’ll see what they can do on the road.  The Huskies will be looking for blood after a heartbreaking loss to BYU.

4. Florida

Tim Tebow and Co. became the first Gator team to beat Miami since the '80s after dropping the last six to the Hurricanes.  They now have an earned week off to gear up for Tennessee.

5. Missouri

The Tigers have already outscored their opponents 104-45.  Look for the numbers to keep piling up as they face Nevada and Buffalo.

6. Ohio State

Dropping from their Week One No. 2 ranking, the Buckeyes struggled against Ohio, but with the return of Chris “Beanie” Wells on Sept. 13, big things are expected.  This should be one of the best games of the decade.

7. LSU

LSU remains the same from Week One after an unexpected week off due to Hurricane Gustav, but not to worry—they’ve got one more practice round before visiting the big bad SEC teams when they face North Texas on Saturday.

8. Texas

The Longhorns jump up two spots behind QB Colt McCoy.  McCoy completed 20-of-29 with 286 yards and four touchdowns, while the Longhorns had one stretch of 28 straight points.  They are looking for three straight with a win against Arkansas on Saturday.

9. Auburn

Auburn rolled over Southern Miss 27-13 last week, holding their spot at No. 9 on the list.  Up next: Mississippi State, LSU, and Tennessee.

10. Wisconsin

Wisconsin jumps three spots with a 51-14 victory over Marshall.  They’ll see No. 21 Fresno State this weekend, but the real test comes on Oct. 4, when Big Ten foes the Buckeyes come to town.

11. Oregon

The Ducks dropped 66 points on the Utah State Aggies this weekend, but they visit the Boilermakers on Saturday, and Purdue is known to put up a fight.

t12. Texas Tech

The highlight of their win over Nevada: an 82-yard TD pass in the fourth to Michael Crabtree.  The defense surprised and should continue their success against 1-1 Southern Methodist.

t12. Alabama

Javier Arenas broke a school record with 212 return yards in their first home game, a victory over Tulane, 20-6.  Next up for the Crimson Tide: Western Kentucky, Arkansas, and No. 2 Georgia.

14. East Carolina

ECU beat No. 8 West Virginia?  Yes.  The Pirates continue their upset warpath and jump into the rankings.  QB Patrick Pinkney was 22-of-28, throwing for 236 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.  Their schedule should seem like a piece of cake from here on out, as the Pirates face Tulane and travel to North Carolina State.

15. Penn State

Evan Royster carried the ball 17 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns versus Oregon State to put Penn State up 45-14.  The No. 19 Nittany Lions will see No. 24 Illinois on Sept. 27 for their first conference challenge.

16. Arizona State

Rudy Carpenter passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the Sun Devils’ victory over Stanford.  He looks to be gearing up for their big game against No. 2 Georgia in two weeks.

17. Kansas

Kansas moves up a spot from Week One as they prepare to visit No. 19 South Florida, their last big hurdle before seeing Oklahoma in October.

18. Brigham Young

The Cougars prolonged their winning streak with an emotional nail-biting victory over the Washington Huskies, with a controversial last-minute call leading to a blocked extra-point attempt.  BYU will gain even more credit if they can beat UCLA this weekend, the team that beat Tennessee in Week One.

19. California

The Golden Bears dominated Washington State 66-3.  Jahvid Best averaged 14.3 YPC for three touchdowns in the victory.  Up next: Maryland, Colorado State, and No. 15 Arizona State.

20. Wake Forest

Wake Forest closed its 400th win against Mississippi, 30-28.  Sam Swank was three for three as the nation’s active career leader with 65 field goals.

21. Fresno State

The Bulldogs gear up to host No. 10 Wisconsin after beating Rutgers 24-7.  The Rutgers victory tied Fresno State with Utah for most victories over BCS teams as a non-BCS competitor.

22. Utah

After their second victory, the Utes should be looking forward to this week’s game against cross-state foe Utah State Aggies, who are 0-2.  The Utes posted 21 points in the third quarter versus UNLV and should look to repeat those kind of numbers against the Aggies.

23. West Virginia

Falling a grand total of 16 spots, things are not looking good for West Virginia.  ECU held the Mountaineers without a TD, the first time in WVU history since 2001, when they played Miami.  Was it ECU dominance, or a WVU fluke?  This week’s game at Colorado will put them to the test.

24. Clemson

After a 34-10 loss to Alabama, Clemson defeated the Citadel 45-17.  The rushing game improved, with James Davis recording 107 yards after Alabama held the Tigers to zero yards on 14 attempts two weeks ago.

25. Boise State

Boise State rounds out the list after defeating Idaho State 49-7.  Next up: Bowling Green, No. 16 Oregon, and Louisiana Tech.


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