In week two of the college football season, all the top-10 teams won their games and the best players continued to dominate. But the team that could have the most to worry about going forward is Ohio State. If quarterback Braxton Miller’s knee injury keeps him out for an extended amount of time, the Buckeyes could be the first top-5 team to be put on upset alert.
Georgia got back in the top 10 after beating South Carolina, knocking the Gamecocks out of the top 10 in the process.
The big game this week is Alabama and Texas A&M. Everyone will be watching Saturday and it could cause quite a bit of movement in the rankings, so make sure you tune in.
1. Alabama (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)
The Crimson Tide didn’t play last weekend, but it wouldn’t have mattered even if they did. Everyone would still have been focusing on this week's matchup with Texas A&M. The Aggies should be the Tide’s toughest competition all year. It’s still early, but this game will influence the way the postseason unfolds.
2. Oregon (2-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)
The scariest thing about the Ducks isn’t that they score a lot of points. It’s that 60-point games aren’t a surprise anymore — they’re expected from this team. Getting wins won’t be as easy when Pac-12 play starts, but expect Oregon to be a top-five team the entire season.
3. Ohio State (2-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)
Quarterback Braxton Miller hurt his knee in last weekend’s 42-7 win over San Diego State, and his status for Saturday’s game against California is uncertain. The Buckeyes have a capable backup in Kenny Guiton, but if Miller misses some games Ohio State could be in trouble.
4. Clemson (2-0, Last week’s ranking: 10)
Quarterback Tajh Boyd didn’t have a great game against South Carolina State (he left after taking a big hit), but the Tigers didn’t need him. Their defense made the difference in last week’s win. That’s a promising sign that Clemson is a complete team.
5. Stanford (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 5)
Stanford beat San Jose St. in Cardinal fashion: It played great defense and had a strong running game. Stanford doesn’t play a ranked team until No. 19 Washington on Oct. 5. That game, along with contests against UCLA and Oregon, will be Stanford’s most important matchups.
6. Texas A&M (2-0, Last week’s ranking: 7)
The Aggies easily beat Sam Houston State and Johnny Manziel had a great game. No surprise there. But if Texas A&M beats Alabama this week, it will shoot up the rankings and have a much better chance to play for the national championship. It will be a great game either way.
7. Louisville (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 8)
Teddy Bridgewater’s stats so far are astounding: nine touchdown passes and only 14 incompletions in two games. It will be almost impossible to play at that level for the entire season, but Bridgewater will keep the Cardinals in the top-10 mix. Louisville, which plays in the not-so-challenging American Athletic Conference, could go undefeated.
8. Georgia (1-1, Last week’s ranking: Not in the top 10)
The Bulldogs have played a top-10 team in each of their first two games, so the hardest part of their schedule is already over. LSU and Florida are the two toughest opponents left on Georgia's schedule. If the Bulldogs can beat those teams, they’ll be the best one-loss team in the country and will still have a chance to play for a national championship.
9. LSU (2-0, Last week’s ranking: 9)
The Tigers’ first real test comes against Georgia on Sept. 28. Until then, they’ll remain in the bottom of the top-10. A win over the Bulldogs will allow them to rise in the rankings, which will come in handy when the Tigers play teams like Florida and Alabama.
10. Florida State (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 10)
Jameis Winston got a week off after his stellar debut, and his Seminoles will now play Nevada on Saturday. For all we know, his near-perfect game against Pittsburgh could have been a fluke, so the next few games will be important for him to prove he’s for real. If he continues playing well, the matchup with quarterback Tajh Boyd and Clemson on Oct. 19 will help determine whether he is the ACC’s best passer.
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Photo: Thomas Tyner #24 of the Oregon Ducks rushes for a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)