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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 2

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 11, 2010

RANK TEAM RECORD
1. Alabama 2-0
2. Boise State 1-0
3. Ohio State 2-0
4. TCU 2-0
5. West Virginia 2-0
6. Florida 2-0
7. Nebraska 2-0
8. Wisconsin 2-0
9. Iowa 2-0
10. Oklahoma 2-0
11. Texas 2-0
12. South Carolina 2-0
13. Oregon 2-0
14. Michigan 2-0
15. Arkansas 2-0
16. Stanford 2-0
17. East Carolina 2-0
18. Utah 2-0
19. Fresno St. 1-0
20. LSU 2-0
21. Texas A&M 2-0
22. Auburn 2-0
23. Houston 2-0
24. Miami 1-1
25. Air Force 2-0

--- Week 2 Notes below ---


Week 2 Notes:

Of teams at the very top of this week's rankings that played on September 11, all won, including major wins by #1 Alabama (topped Penn State, 24-3) and Ohio State, who ran up, over, around and through Miami, 36-24, though the final score was hardly an indication of how close the game really was. The Buckeyes dominated for most of the game, and two of Miami's scores came on a kickoff and a punt return. Ohio State picked off four Jacory Harris passes and led, 36-17, after three periods.

Despite Miami's defeat, they managed to remain in the Top 25, though barely, installed at #24. There are a lot of good football teams in front of them.

#2 Boise State was idle, but #4 TCU rolled past Tennessee Tech by a 62-7 score. West Virginia survived a scare at Marshall, which led most of the game before the Mountaineers scored two touchdowns in the final 5:28 and converted a two-point attempt to force overtime and win, 24-21.

Besides West Virginia, which is the only representative from the Big East, only Rutgers can claim an unblemished record in that conference, though they barely squeaked by Florida International, 19-14.

Dropping out this week were Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State. South Carolina beat up Georgia; Georgia Tech lost to a revitalized Kansas squad, 28-25, and Florida state was absolutely mauled by #10 Oklahoma, 47-17.

Joining the Top 25 this week are Stanford, East Carolina, Auburn and Air Force. At #25, the Air Force Falcons may actually be a bit underrated, evidence by their 35-14 mauling of BYU. We'll find out how good they are when they travel to Oklahoma this week.

Virginia Tech made certain to stay out of the rankings by losing to tiny James Madison, 21-16. The Hokies may have been suffering a bit of an emotional letdown after losing their season opener to Boise State by a mere three points. There's no other way to slice it, though. Virginia Tech is 0-2 and our Top 25 contains not a single ACC team beside Miami. Five teams from the conference - Maryland, Wake Forest, Clemson, NC State and Boston College - are all 2-0, though all of them are in the Atlantic Division, which is generally seen as not as potent as the Coastal.

In time, one of those teams will emerge as a powerhouse. At this time, it's too early to even speculate which team it might be, but Maryland, who topped Navy in week 1 and demolished Morgan State, 62-3, this past weekend, could be a real sleeper coming off a 2-10 campaign in 2009.

Look for Stanford to make progress up the ranking ladder, as the Cardinal have dominated both of their games thus far and are the choice, along with Oregon, to win the PAC-10 and proceed to the Rose Bowl.

Beware of any pools which have USC in the Top 25. even though they are 2-0, their wins over Hawaii and Virginia have been sloppy and hardly convincing. The Trojans are a shadow of their former greatness under Pete Carroll, and will fold up their tents against better PAC-10 teams.

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