1. Alabama: The Crimson Tide defense shutdown the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers offense easily and Alabama cruised behind a strong A. J. McCarron outing.
2. USC: In a strange game delayed by weather USC pulled away behind 23-30 187 six TD pass outing from Matt Barkley. That is a rate of a touchdown in a little less than every four passes
3. LSU: The LSU defense completely annihilated a potentially really good Washington Offense led by Keith Price. On the other side of the ball a massive Tiger’s O-Line bullied a weak Husky defense en route to 242 yards on the ground.
4. Oregon: The Ducks jumped all over Fresno State early scoring five first half touchdown. Oregon got outscored in the second half but this is of no matter as most starters were out.
5. Oklahoma: In their game after a rocky opening week, Oklahoma proved that the emphasis this year will be on the ground instead of Landry Jones’ arm. The Sooner’s top rushers both averaged over five yards a pop, and combined for five touchdowns.
6. Georgia: Mizzou played Georgia competitive for three quarters before succumbing to a more talented Bulldogs squad. Georgia is still in search for a lead back but a strong defense and Aaron Murray’s arm guides them to a number 6 ranking in our poll.
7. Florida State: Is any amount of money really worth a 55-0 deficit by 11:00 in the third quarter when the game was called because of weather? Not much can be gleaned from this Seminole beat down.
8. South Carolina: Dylan Thompson played well spelling the injured Connor Shaw and now Steve Spurrier has a decision in his hands. Spurrier has said that Shaw will start next week, but if he plays poorly, get ready for some controversy.
9. Michigan State: Le’Veon Bell added to his Heisman portfolio with a two touchdown performance and Andrew Maxwell started to look more and more like the successor to Kirk Cousins. Things are looking bright in East Lansing.
10. West Virginia: Talking about the Heisman trophy, how about Geno Smith. Smith not only has a legitimate shot to unseat Matt Barkley, he has a chance to lead his team to a far more prestigious bowl game than the Orange Bowl.
11. Kansas State: Colin Klein leads what might be the best rushing attack in college football. The Wildcats rushed for 288 yards and six touchdowns in an easy win against the Miami Hurricanes.
12. Ohio State: Some have called him Denard Robinson 2.0 or Urban Meyers next Tebow. Either way Braxton Miller sure is awesome, but Meyer will have to find more balance in what is right now a one dimensional attack.
13. Texas: The men in the burnt orange may have the best defense outside the SEC, but they will need some help on the other side of the ball. Both David Ash and Case McCoy got snaps and were game managers if nothing else.
14. Clemson: The Tigers may have found their weapon across from Sammy Watkins to keep defenses honest. DeAndre Hopkins had 105 yards and 3 touchdowns, all coming in the second quarter when Clemson put away the game.
15. Virginia Tech: The Hokies easily won against Austin Peay, but again did not impress. There are still questions as to who the top running back and receiver are.
16. Stanford: The Cardinal bounced back from an absolutely dismal showing against San Jose State with a big win against the Blue Devils. The good news for Stanford fans is that Josh Nunes looked like a real starting Pac-12 quarterback.
17. TCU: Grambling may not be a strong opponent, but it is worth noting that Casey Pachall was 9-9 for 201 yards and five Horned Frogs rushed for over 20 yards.
18. Florida: The Gators’ offense actually had a pulse this week as Jeff Driskel completed over 70% of his passes. Mike Gillislee ran for a go ahead touchdown the win against the SEC newcomer, Aggies.
19. Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish squeezed out a victory against an underrated Purdue team. Notre Dame dominated in the air, but not running the ball which will be a big question moving forward.
20. Michigan: Denard Robinson had more yards himself than the entire Michigan offense. This is both a blessing and a curse. Robinson is a great player that can be leaned on, but if he gets injured or shutdown like Alabama did, Michigan will be done.
21. Lousville: One of the most underrated QBs in the Nation, Teddy Bridgewater has lead the Cardinals to a 2-0 start.
22. Baylor: RGIII what?!? Nick Florence had 365 total yards in an easy week one win. With a weak opponent after a bye week, we should be looking at a 2-0 Bears team.
23. Oklahoma State: OSU lost 59-38 to an unranked Arizona squad late on Saturday night. Shows how little you can really learn from an 84-0 win.
24. UCLA: The Bruin’s most explosive offense in years had 653 total yards in an upset win over Nebraska
25. Tennessee: The Vols had a quiet week one Friday night win and took care of business in week two. This team might be a dark horse in the SEC.
Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska, BYU, Boise State, Texas Tech, Arizona, Wisconsin, Arkansas