Sep
20
2020

NCAA Football: Top 25 Rankings (After Week 2 Of College Football)

On September 12th, I released my pre-season top 25, right before the first of the power-5 football teams such as Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Iowa State kicked off their season. Here were my initial top 25 rankings heading into the season. Go back and read my initial top 25 article for more of an in-depth overview of all the teams listed.

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Georgia
  5. Florida
  6. Auburn
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Texas
  10. Texas A&M
  11. LSU
  12. North Carolina
  13. Cincinnati
  14. Iowa State
  15. Miami
  16. UCF
  17. Tennessee
  18. Louisville
  19. Kentucky
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Memphis
  23. Florida State
  24. TCU
  25. Appalachian State

After the first college football Saturday, there were plenty of teams on this list that performed well and plenty that were upset. Here is my updated top 25 heading into Week 3 of the college football season.

  1. Clemson: (37-13 win @ Wake Forest) Trevor Lawrence threw for 351 yards and totaled three touchdowns (Two rushing) and Travis Etienne rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown as the Clemson Tigers defeated a Jamie Newmannless Wake Forest team.
  2. Alabama: (Didn’t play)
  3. Oklahoma: (48-0 win @ Home vs Missouri State) 2019’s first ranked high school quarterback, Spencer Rattler tallied 290 yards passing and four touchdown passes in one half against a hapless Missouri State team. The four touchdown passes in his first career start was more than the three previous Oklahoma quarterbacks before him, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts in their first games. Rattler was also the only QB with a perfect 158.3 passer rating in week two. Take these things with a grain of salt since it was against Missouri State, but Spencer Rattler made some high level throws look effortless.
  4. Georgia: (Didn’t play)
  5. Florida: (Didn’t play)
  6. Auburn: (Didn’t play)
  7. Oklahoma State: (Didn’t play)
  8. Notre Dame: (27-13 win @ Home vs Duke) Notre Dame didn’t look as dominant as other teams last Saturday, but they played the toughest competition on the day arguably. Keep an eye on Kyren Williams as he had 112 rushing yards and two TD’s on the ground and led the team in receiving with 93 yards. It just might be Williams, not Ian Book as the heart of this offense.
  9. Texas: (59-3 win @ Home vs UTEP) Sam Ehlinger looked great, posting 426 passing yards and five touchdowns against UTEP. Sophomore Joshua Moore appeared to be his favorite target, as he had six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. Michigan transfer, Tarik Black, had 5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown as well.
  10. Texas A&M: (Didn’t play)
  11. LSU: (Didn’t play)
  12. North Carolina: (31-6 win @ Home vs Syracuse) We have had to pump the brakes on the North Carolina hype. They won easily, but UNC didn’t look particularly well, as quarterback Sam Howell threw for just one touchdown and two interceptions. The score was just 10-6 before a 21 point 4th quarter gave the Tar Heels the blowout victory. Keep an eye on the next time they play. Will they build off of that 21 points 4th quarter, or look shaky again against Charlotte?
  13. Cincinnati: (Didn’t play)
  14. Miami: (21-14 win @ home vs UAB) D’Eriq King extended his record of games with a passing and a rushing touchdown, pushing the streak to 16 games, as he completed 15 of 23 passes for 141 yards, and threw for a touchdown and no interceptions. He also added 83 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Miami had four running backs gain over 50 yards, led by Cam’ron Harris and his 134 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries. The Hurricanes ran the ball 52 times for 337 yards (an exciting 6.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Look for this team to try to win games the way the Baltimore Ravens do in the NFL, with Lamar Jackson and their great rushing attack.
  15. UCF: (Didn’t play)
  16. Tennessee: (Didn’t play)
  17. Louisville: (Didn’t play)
  18. Kentucky: (Didn’t play)
  19. Virginia Tech: (Didn’t play)
  20. Mississippi State: (Didn’t play)
  21. Memphis: (Didn’t play)
  22. TCU: (Didn’t play)
  23. Appalachian State: (Didn’t play)
  24. Louisiana: (31-14 win @ Iowa State) Our first new name in the top 25, as Louisiana defeated my 14th ranked Iowa State team. Louisiana had a kick and a punt return for a TD and had a stout defense against quarterback Brock Purdy, as they held him to just 16-35 passing, for 145 yards and one interception.
  25. Pittsburgh: (55-0 win @ Home vs Austin Peay) Pittsburgh scraped their way into the top 25 thanks to a great defensive performance, allowing zero points, and a whopping 6 rushing touchdowns, with five different players scoring a rushing TD.

My thoughts after Week 2: The Sunbelt looks great and The Big-12 looks bad. Three Sunbelt teams beat Big-12 teams, as Arkansas State beat Kansas State on the road 35-31, Louisiana beat Iowa State on the road 31-14, and Coastal Carolina beat Kansas on the road, 38-28. The Big-12 proved once again that it is a weak conference, and in a condensed schedule, they’ve made the margin of error for playoff-hopeful teams like Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma State, to zero as any conference loss will ultimately keep them from the college football playoff.

My thoughts on the Big-10 starting play in October with an 8-game conference schedule, and if they should be allowed to be in the college football playoffs with only 8-games played: this article was delayed a little bit due to the fact of me just not knowing if I should include the Big-10 teams or not. I ended up electing not to, as I’ll wait until it’s closer to game time for the Big-10, but I believe that an undefeated Big-10 team or eventual conference champions should definitely make it to the college football playoff. As listed above, the Big-12 is not very good, and although there are some teams in the Big-10 and SEC alike that can lose to teams like Arkansas State, there is not much of a difference to me in Oklahoma and OU playing one non-conference game against Missouri State and UTEP, the weak Big-12 schedule, and Ohio State playing an 8-team conference schedule.

I know I was a little late this week, but stay tuned for Week 3 of my top 25 rankings. Let me know what you guys think!