Every Thursday, Rich Gray will unveil his weekly NCAA Top 25. It was a crazy Week 2 in college football. For the 1st time since 1976, Notre Dame, Texas, Florida and USC all lost. Now the most anticipate game of the year in just a few days away as Alabama takes on Texas A&M.
1 – Alabama LW: (1)
The big showdown is finally here: Bama vs Johnny Football. The Tide’s bid for a rare three-peat could take a hit on Saturday.
2 – Stanford LW: (2)
Stanford kicked off the 2013 with an easy 34-14 win over San Jose State. The Cardinal travel to face Army this weekend.
3 – Clemson LW: (4)
Tahj Boyd was able to take a week off as Clemson rolled past South Carolina State. The Tigers hit the road for the first time, traveling to face North Carolina State on Saturday.
4 – Ohio State LW: (5)
Ohio State got a scare when Braxton Miller left in the Buckeyes 42-7 win over San Diego State. Miller’s status for this week against California is still up in the air.
5 – Oregon LW: (6)
Oregon was too much for Virginia last weekend. The Ducks return home to host Tennessee, which could be another non-conference game that gets ugly.
6 – Texas A&M LW: (7)
All the hoopla surrounding Johnny Manziel could fade away or get even bigger depending on this week’s outcome vs Alabama.
7 – Michigan LW: (14)
Michigan picked apart Notre Dame’s stout defense in the final match (for a while) between the two powerhouses at the Big House.
8 – South Carolina LW: (3)
South Carolina’s National Championship hopes to a small hit against Georgia. It’s amazing how quickly some media members have turned on Jadaveon Clowney
9 – LSU LW: (8)
LSU cruised to 56-17 win over UAB. Expect more of the same this week against Kent state.
10 – Georgia LW: (16)
Georgia cracks the Top 10 following its surprising win over South Carolina. The Bulldogs have two weeks to get ready for #9 LSU.
11 – Florida State LW: (11)
Florida State returns from their bye to host Nevada. The Seminoles really won’t be tested until their showdown with #3 Clemson on October 19th.
12 – Louisville LW: (13)
Louisville once again cruised to an easy victory. The only way the Cardinals won’t be in the National Championship picture is if they beat themselves. With Teddy Bridgewater, that seems unlikely.
13 – Oklahoma LW: (15)
Trevor Knight will be out for the next 1-2 weeks, meaning Blake Bell, who lost the starting job, will get at least one start. Either way, the offense must improve before Oklahoma travels to South Bend in three weeks.
14 – Michigan State LW: (17)
Michigan State took care of South Florida, despite its struggles on offense. Sparty has one more tune up before taking on rival Notre Dame.
15 – Northwestern LW: (18)
Northwestern jumped out to a 20-0 lead over Syracuse and put the offense in cruise control after that. The Wildcats take on lowly Western Michigan this week.
16 – Nebraska LW: (19)
Nebraska continues to move up the rankings, but I think that changes this week against UCLA. The Cornhuskers might not return to the Top 25 if the do lose on Saturday.
17 – UCLA LW: (20)
Tragedy stuck UCLA this week when Nick Pasquale was killed in a car accident. The Bruins will honor their teammate with 36 patches on their jerseys for the rest of the season.
18 – Notre Dame LW: (10)
Notre Dame struggled containing Devin Gardner in the 41-30 loss to Michigan. The Irish should bounce back this week against in-state rival Purdue.
19 – Florida LW: (9)
Florida’s National Championship hopes came to an end with a disappointing loss to rival Miami. The Gators will have a bye week to try an solve their offensive woes.
20 – TCU LW: (22)
As expected, TCU crushed Southeastern Louisiana. The Horned Forgs open Big 12 play against Texas Tech this week.
21 – Arizona State LW: (21)
Arizona State routed Sacramento State 55-0 to begin the 2013. The Sun Devils begin their meaty part of the schedule this week against Big Ten Champion Wisconsin.
22 – Oklahoma State LW: (23)
Oklahoma State routed Texas-San Antonio (Arizona’s opponent this week), however the Cowboys are in the headlines for the wrong reasons following Sports Illustrated’s report this week.
23 – Washington LW: (24)
Washington enjoyed an early bye and will return this week for their first road game against Illinois.
24 – Baylor LW: (25)
Baylor score 69 points in Week 1. Last weekend the Bears put up 70 on Buffalo. Will they top that this week against Louisiana-Monroe?
25 – Miami LW: (unranked)
Miami enters the rankings following their shocking upset of Florida last week. The Canes will have an extra week to savor the victory over their in-state rivals.
Next 5 Out: Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Fresno State, BYU, Northern Illinois
Out of Rankings: Texas (12)