The top spots remain the same this week with Bama and Clemson ranking #1 and #2 by a wide margin. There was quite a bit of movement involving Big Ten teams. The big jumps were by Ohio State (+1.5), Wisconsin (+2), Michigan State (+1.5) and Maryland joins the top 25. Michigan took a hit (-1.5) with a lackluster showing at home against Army while Penn State and Iowa essentially remained the same in our ratings.
1. Alabama: -27.5 – Get used to seeing the Tide here unless something drastic happens before November 16th when they host LSU. Alabama rolled a bad New Mexico State last week with over 600 yards of offense.
2. Clemson: -27 – The Tigers got a little stiffer test in Week 2 versus Texas A&M but were still +100 total yards while holding the Aggies to just 2.0 yards per rush.
3. LSU: -18 – LSU ticks up in our ratings with an impressive road win in Texas, but the normally stout Tigers defense did give up 38-points and 530 total yards to the Longhorns.
4. Ohio State – 17 – The Buckeyes make a jump this week with their shutout win over a solid Cincinnati team. OSU rushed for 5.9 yards per carry against a Bearcat D that ranked 17th in that category a year ago allowing just 3.5YPR.
5. Oklahoma: -16.5 – The Sooners don’t move in our rankings this week as they played South Dakota last week so we really didn’t learn anything new. OU’s 7.9 yards per rush and 733 total yards are incredible numbers, but again, look at the competition.
6. Georgia: -16.5 – The Bulldogs rely on their running game which hasn’t been tested in two straight games to start the season. We find out more about the Dogs in two weeks when they face Notre Dame. Speaking of the Irish…
7. Notre Dame: -15.5 – The Irish were off last week and don’t move in our ratings. This week they host a weak New Mexico team so don’t expect movement again until they face Georgia.
8. Wisconsin: -13 – The Badgers certainly were impressive in their 61-0 win over Central Michigan. CMU had just 3 first downs and 75-yards of total offense in the game against Bucky’s defense.
9. Michigan -13 – The Wolverines survived a scare against Army last week and a 2.4 yards per rush average against the Cadets is cause for concern.
10. Auburn: -12 – The Tigers don’t move up or down after last weeks expected win over Tulane.
11. Florida – 11.25 – The Gators routed UT Martin with a +18 first down margin and +349 total yards.
12. Utah: -10.75 – Utah had a conservative game plan in place for Northern Illinois and still held the Huskies scoreless in the second half. The test for the Utes comes in a few weeks with USC.
13. Texas A&M: -10 – The Aggies lost in Death Valley, which is exactly what’s going to happen to every team that plays in Clemson this season.
14. Penn State: -10 – Penn State was statistically outplayed by Buffalo in nearly every category last week but won in a blowout. Buffalo ran 92 plays to the Lions 46 and outgained PSU by 70+ yards.
15. Washington State: -9.75 – The Cougars have played a pair of cupcakes to open the season and currently have a point differential of +93-points.
16. Iowa: -9.5 – The Hawkeye’s looked like every Iowa team since Ferentz became the head coach. Stout defense, conservative play calling and a steady but not spectacular win over Rutgers.
17. Texas: -9 – The Longhorns don’t move this week as their loss this past week was to a top 4 team in LSU. UT put up over 500 total yards against a good Tiger defense.
18. Oregon -9 – The Ducks jump up a few spots behind QB Hebert who has 552 passing yards and 6 TD’s and no INT’s this season.
19. Missouri: -9 – The Tigers got back on track last week by doubling up West Virginia in nearly every statistical category and a 38-7 win.
20. Michigan State: -8.75 – The Spartans rush defense is solid and a dominating win over Western Michigan has them trending up a few spots.
21. Mississippi State: -8.5 – The Bulldogs pulled out a cover against Southern Miss with a late TD but the stats in the game were fairly even despite the 23-point win.
22. Oklahoma State: -8.25 – The Cowboys have a pair of wins over bad teams and the way things are shaping up this team will have to win games in shootouts as the D is subpar.
23. UCF: -8.25 – The Knights offense has racked up over 1300 yards in two games while averaging 6.6 yards per rush which is the 8th best average in college football.
24. Boise State: -7.5 – The Broncos were in a letdown spot against Marshall and won a close game on the scoreboard 14-7. Boise dominate statistically with 437 total yards to just 172.
25. Maryland -7.0 – The Terps can’t go unnoticed this week after putting up 142 total points in two weeks.