College Football Rankings Week 2: Three Teams That Will Return to the Polls
Were it not for some freakishly talented running backs named Marcus Lattimore and Trent Richardson, a few teams were force to say farewell to the top 25 this weekend, but fear not.
Georgia, Missouri and Penn State have all succumbed to the treachery of tough scheduling. The Bulldogs dropped two games to no. 5 Boise State and no. 12 South Carolina. The Tigers lost a heartbreaker in OT to Arizona State. The Nittany Lyons were roughed up by Richardson and no. 3 Alabama.
Here is some breakdown.
As it stands now, the Bulldogs won't face a higher ranked opponent all season after losing to two top 12 teams to open the year.
Someone had to play Boise State, and Georgia was silly enough to get them down to the SEC. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs couldnt' escape Lattimore and South Carolina, but that was a winnable game. Mark Richt's team has shown some toughness and ability to hang on late, only to let it slip away in the final minutes.
Georgia will get back into the win column against Coastal Carolina before continuing its SEC lineup.
The Tigers are a fence team right now. A less-than-convincing win over Miami (OH) followed by a tough OT loss to Arizona State has left many in doubt over Gary Pinkel's program this season.
But make no mistake. Missouri's sophomore quarterback James Franklin is the real deal. Although Mizzou will take on a cupcake in Western Illinois next Saturday, the following weekend will have the Tigers travelling to Norman to take on Oklahoma.
It's the following weekends where the Tigers will have to make up some ground. Hosting no. 8 Oklahoma State before going to College Station to face the no. 9 ranked Aggies can provide the stepping stones to creep back into the top 25.
Penn State looked overmatched at times against Alabama's fierce rushing attack and menacing defense. There is no team like that in the Big Ten, save for Wisconsin, which is last on the schedule for the Nittany Lions.
Joe Paterno's team will get to ease the breaks a little for its upcoming slate against Temple, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern and Illinois before finishing the season against three ranked opponents.
Expect the Nittany Lions to build some momentum here and reclaim a spot in the rankings.
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