That wasn’t quite as good as Week 1, but who expected it to be? A lot of paychecks and losses were handed out at the same time, and that’s OK. Next week should be much better.
I mean, just look at the Saturday slate. How about Florida State-Louisville and Miami-Appalachian State at noon? Would you like a trio of Oregon-Nebraska, Alabama-Mississippi and Pittsburgh-Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m.? You’ll be flipping between Michigan State-Notre Dame and Ohio State-Oklahoma at 7:30, and checking in on USC-Stanford (8). As nightcaps go, Texas-Cal (10:30) should be pretty tasty. Can’t wait.
Here’s the ballot I will submit to the Associated Press this week. Note: I ranked Miami No. 25 on last week’s ballot (which you can click here to see on the AP’s site). I moved the Hurricanes up a couple spots this week.
- Alabama (where I had ‘em last week: 1). Looks like Tide has a quarterback. Hurts looks pretty decent (If he has a big game against Ole Miss, someone’s gonna go with “Hurts: So Good” as a headline).
- Michigan (3). Harbaugh’s bunch showing a killer instinct early.
- Florida State (4). Few teams had an easier time Saturday, with depleted Charleston Southern in town. Louisville on the road? Different story.
- Ohio State (5). Zero touchdowns allowed so far. Now comes a road test at Oklahoma.
- Houston. (7). Even without Greg Ward Jr., made easy work of Lamar.
- Stanford (6). Had a bye.
- Clemson (2). Puzzling start for an offense that was supposed to be lights-out.
- Oklahoma (9). Playoff implications in Norman this week.
- Washington (13). Huskies aired it out and easily took care of Idaho.
- Mississippi (11). Tired after FSU loss Monday? No problem.
- Texas A&M (16). Blanked Prairie View A&M and hung 67 points on the board. Not bad.
- Louisville (17). Some shaky moments vs. Syracuse, but Lamar Jackson might be an alien.
- Wisconsin (19). Routed Akron, and hopes Corey Clement’s ankle injury isn’t serious.
- Texas (20). The freshman QB is good. His name is Shane Buechele.
- Tennessee (14). Some fumble luck helped Vols overcome Virginia Tech.
- LSU (15). Leonard Fournette sat, but the Tigers might have their QB.
- Michigan State (18). Had a bye.
- Notre Dame (21). Solid bounce-back win over Nevada. Chance to turn heads against Sparty.
- Oregon (22). Beat a not-very-good Virginia team at home. Visits 2-0 Nebraska next week.
- Iowa (23). No issues whatsoever with Iowa State.
- Georgia (9). Bulldogs can’t feel good thinking about SEC play after barely beating Nichols.
- North Carolina (24). Offense hummed along in win over Illinois.
- Miami (25). Defense playing as hard as it has in years.
- Florida (NR). Kentucky’s awful, but Luke Del Rio had a good game for the Gators.
- Arkansas (NR). Big win for the fighting Bielemas.
Dropped out: No. 10 TCU (allowed 41 points for the second week in a row – this time, in 2 OT loss to Arkansas), No. 12 Oklahoma State (not totally fair, since officials botched the ending, but the Pokes still let Central Michigan come back and win it).
Also considered: Baylor (2-0), UCLA (1-1), USC (1-1), Pittsburgh (2-0).