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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 2

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 12, 2015

RANK TEAM RECORD
1. Ohio State 2-0
2. TCU 2-0
3. Michigan State 2-0
4. Auburn 2-0
5. Baylor 2-0
6. Clemson 2-0
7. Georgia 2-0
8. Alabama 2-0
9. UCLA 2-0
10. Ole Miss 2-0
11. Notre Dame 2-0
12. Georgia Tech 2-0
13. Florida State 2-0
14. Texas A&M 2-0
15. Oklahoma 2-0
16. Oregon 1-1
17. LSU 1-0
18. Arizona 2-0
19. Missouri 2-0
20. Utah 2-0
21. USC 2-0
22. BYU 2-0
23. Duke 2-0
24. Air Force 2-0
25. West Virginia 2-0

--- Week 2 Notes below ---


Week 2 Notes:

Bottom Falls Out of Top 25

Possibly the biggest game of the week was Auburn's 27-20 OT win over tiny Jacksonville State if only because it scared many of the pollsters and may have scarred the Auburn program, though there are any number of views that can be taken to interpret the outcome.

Sensible minds will assert that all teams that have strong records usually find a game or two during the course of the season that is won not on talent or execution, but more on the luck of the bounce and determination. Such was the case with Auburn's close call.

While the big polls may wish to punish the Tigers for almost losing to a team regarded as unworthy, they forget that the Tigers still won, and, not to make trite use of an old pun, a win is a win, after all.

Thus, Downtown Magazine will continue to rank the Tigers high (dropped from #3 to #4), because the long season has just begun, but behind the Michigan State Spartans, who move up a spot with their win over Oregon.

Similarly, the Ducks have not been penalized badly (down to #16) because of the loss, if only because the Spartans are so highly-regarded. The Ducks, it should be pointed out, are the only team in the Top 25 with a loss on its record at this juncture.

All the action in the rankings was near the bottom, where four of the bottom six teams suffered losses. Tennessee was #20 going in, but lost in overtime to Oklahoma, 31-24, blowing a late lead. Since the Sooners are not what one might call a super-power, the loss sent the Vols out of the Top 25 and into limbo.

#21 Boise State was defeated by BYU, which, at 2-0, now gets into the mix at #22. #23 Arkansas lost to Toledo, from the MAC, always a conference capable of upsetting one of the Power conference teams, and #25 Marshall, which was one point shy of a perfect season last year, fell out from 25, losing to another MAC squad, Ohio, 21-10.

Added are Duke (#23), Air Force (#24), and West Virginia (#25). The Blue Devils have been impressive thus far and have been a contentious sort in the ACC. Their 2-0 record included 92 points scored and only seven allowed. Air Force is the only team in the 12-team Mountain West without a loss. They've scored 100 points and allowed a mere 23, plus they have a conference win already, having defeated San Jose State this past week, 37-16.

West Virginia rounds out the Top 25, and may not last. as there are a gaggle of 2-0 teams scattered in conferences across the country. The Mountaineers have Maryland in two weeks and then begin a rugged conference slate, which begins with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU. Wow!

Copyright 2015, 2016, Rick Gagliano, Downtown Magazine. All rights reserved. Downtown Magazine is located in the Uinted States of America and is not affiliated with the National Football League or the NCAA. For more information, contact us here. Use of this site is for entertainment purposes only.

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