Week 2 in college football was *supposed* to be pretty stress-free, compared to the colossal weekend of games we had to open things up. But, alas, this sports never disappoints, and we had some absolutely thrilling games, which impacted this week's rankings.
Previous No. 2 Clemson looked quite shaky against Troy in the Tigers' home opener, winning just 30-24. The team behind it, Florida State, beat Charleston Southern convincingly, 52-8. Do close wins over Auburn and Troy look quite as good as coming back and beating Ole Miss by two scores and cruising past a cupcake? Also, Ohio State has dominated two decent mid-majors by a combined 125-13.
In the SEC, former No. 9 Georgia barely beat a bad (240th in the country bad) Nicholls State team at home, and then-No. 15 TCU lost at home to unranked Arkansas.
Oh, and also in the Big 12, former No. 22 Oklahoma State lost at home to Central Michigan on a final play that officials later admitted should have never happened.
Here's an update of the rankings following Week 2, and we'll fill in this table as each new top 25 is available. Below the table, an explanation of each ranking.
|AP (prev, if diff)||Coaches (prev, if diff)||S&P+||Massey|
|2||Florida State (3)||Florida State (3)||LSU||Ohio State|
|3||Ohio State (2)||Clemson (2)||Clemson||Clemson|
|4||Michigan (5)||Ohio State||Michigan||Florida State|
|5||Clemson (2)||Michigan (6)||Oklahoma||Michigan|
|6||Houston||Stanford (5)||Florida State||Stanford|
|8||Washington||Michigan State||Ole Miss||Tennessee|
|9||Wisconsin (10)||Washington (11)||Washington||Oklahoma|
|10||Louisville (13)||Louisville (15)||Tennessee||Wisconsin|
|12||Michigan State||Wisconsin (16)||USC||Louisville|
|13||Iowa (16)||Georgia (9)||Stanford||Michigan State (T-13)|
|14||Oklahoma||Oklahoma (13)||Baylor||LSU (T-13)|
|15||Tennessee (17)||Tennessee (14)||Louisville||Georgia|
|16||Georgia (9)||Texas (20)||Florida||Iowa|
|17||Texas A&M (20)||Ole Miss (18)||Georgia||Baylor|
|18||Notre Dame||Notre Dame (21)||Notre Dame||Ole Miss|
|20||LSU (21)||Texas A&M (24)||Mississippi State||Texas A&M|
|21||Baylor (23)||Oregon (23)||Oklahoma State||Notre Dame|
|22||Oregon (24)||LSU (22)||Texas A&M||Oregon|
|23||Florida (NR)||Florida (25)||Arkansas||TCU|
|24||Arkansas (NR)||Arkansas (32)||Auburn||North Carolina|
|25||Miami||Miami (26)||Michigan State||Utah|
The four rankings used here
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 doesn't have any official bearing on the Playoff. Most outlets (including SB Nation) will use the AP's rankings as the standard until the committee takes over in November, though. Usually comes out on Sundays about 2 p.m. ET.
The USA Today Coaches Poll: Formerly part of the BCS, and now just a poll. It tends to react more cautiously 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 this is the other big one. Releases early Sunday afternoons.
The Massey computer composite: A collection of every rating out there. We include the latest version as of publication. (It does also include the two human polls, but they can't sway it all that much.)
Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings: SB Nation's favored advanced stat, which arrives a bit later than the others. An important thing to keep in mind: for the first few weeks, it also factors in preseason projections. This metric parses each team's efficiency and explosiveness and adjusts it for strength of opposition, and over the years, it's proved to be a very strong predictor against the Vegas spread.
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