The first normal week of ranking is underway, as college football kicks back into its regular schedule after a hectic Week 1. Below is the composite top 25 heading into Week 3 -- as you can see, Sagarin is relatively unimpressed so far with Florida State, which tops every other ranking used here. (For more on the four rankings we're using, see below.)
There will be no official College Football Playoff selection committee ranking this week. That doesn't begin until October 28. So for now, these are the most representative rankings available.
|1||Oregon||2.25||1||Florida State (38)||Florida State (51)||Florida State||Oregon|
|2||Oklahoma||3.5||2||Oregon (16)||Alabama (1)||Oregon||Georgia|
|3||Alabama||4||3||Alabama (1)||Oklahoma (3)||Alabama||Oklahoma|
|4||Florida State||5||4||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon (6)||Oklahoma||Texas A&M|
|6||Auburn||5.5||6||Georgia (1)||Georgia (1)||Georgia||LSU|
|7||Texas A&M||6.75||7||Texas A&M (2)||Baylor||Auburn||Florida|
|8||LSU||8.5||8||Baylor||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Alabama|
|11||Baylor||12||11||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Michigan State||Michigan State|
|11||Michigan State||12||12||UCLA||UCLA||Notre Dame||Ohio State|
|11||Stanford||12||13||Michigan State||Michigan State||Baylor||USC|
|14||UCLA||14.75||14||Ole Miss||Arizona State||Louisville||Wisconsin|
|15||Ole Miss||15.75||15||Stanford||Ole Miss||Missouri||Virginia Tech|
|16||Ohio State||17.25||16||Arizona State||Stanford||Ole Miss||BYU|
|17||Virginia Tech||17.5||17||Virginia Tech||Wisconsin||Ohio State||Florida State|
|17||Wisconsin||17.5||18||Wisconsin||Ohio State||South Carolina||Ole Miss|
|19||Arizona State||19.75||19||Kansas State||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Arizona|
|20||Louisville||21.5||20||Missouri||Kansas State||Arizona State||Baylor|
|22||Missouri||22.25||22||Ohio State||Missouri||Oklahoma State||UCF|
|24||Florida||23.75||24||South Carolina||Clemson||BYU||Kansas State|
|25||Kansas State||24||25||BYU||North Carolina||UCLA||Louisville|
Week 2 was a hectic one for ranked teams. Nebraska just barely survived FCS McNeese State. Kansas State came away with a come-from-behind victory against definitely-not-FCS-we-swear Iowa State. There were two matchups between top-15 teams: USC defeated Stanford after a lackluster red zone effort from the Cardinal, while Oregon ran away from Michigan State. And Virginia Tech came into Columbus and upset Ohio State, while BYU traveled to Austin to beat down Texas.
The four rankings we use:
The Associated Press Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. Didn't have any official bearing on the latter years of the BCS, and won't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Expect it to set the course for the committee, however, as most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in October. Usually comes out Sundays a little after noon.
The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to be more conservative than the AP's. Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, we still want multiple human polls in here, and it's the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.
Jeff Sagarin's Sagarin Rating: An early-morning insta-ranking that combines three of Sagarin's computer formulas into one. This is not the formula the BCS used, which excluded margin of victory.
Football Outsiders' F/+ rating: A synthesis of ratings by smart persons Bill Connelly and Brian Fremeau and our personal go-to overall team stat. It tends to come out later than the others.
Last week's composite Top 25:
|1||Florida State||1.75||Florida State (46)||Florida State (57)||Florida State||Oregon|
|3||Oregon||2.75||Oregon (5)||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon||Oklahoma|
|4||Oklahoma||4.25||Oklahoma (2)||Oregon (2)||Stanford||Florida State|
|5||Georgia||7||Auburn||Auburn||Michigan State||Texas A&M|
|5||Michigan State||7||Georgia (2)||Michigan State||USC||Georgia|
|7||Auburn||7.75||Michigan State||Ohio State||Oklahoma||Stanford|
|8||Stanford||8.5||Ohio State||Georgia (1)||Georgia||Baylor|
|9||Texas A&M||9||Texas A&M (2)||Baylor||Texas A&M||Auburn|
|12||LSU||11.75||LSU (1)||LSU||Auburn||Ohio State|
|13||USC||12||Stanford||Texas A&M||Ohio State||LSU|
|15||Notre Dame||16||Ole Miss||Notre Dame||Louisville||Notre Dame|
|16||Ole Miss||18.25||Notre Dame||Arizona State||UCLA||Wisconsin|
|17||Arizona State||19.25||Arizona State||Ole Miss||South Carolina||Florida|
|17||Wisconsin||19.25||Wisconsin||Nebraska||Notre Dame||Kansas State|
|19||South Carolina||19.5||Nebraska||Wisconsin||Arizona State||South Carolina|
|20||Kansas State||21.25||Kansas State||Kansas State||Ole Miss||Clemson|
|21||Clemson||23||South Carolina||South Carolina||Mississippi State||Ole Miss|
|22||Louisville||23.75||North Carolina||Missouri||Oklahoma State||Washington|
|23||Nebraska||24.25||Clemson||North Carolina||Missouri||Oklahoma State|