Louisana-Monroe celebrates their win over (9) Arkansas. Photo: Mark Wagner
Every week Brett Harmon will bring you his NCAA Fottball Top 25. Harmon is one of the 324 voters for the reddit.com College Football Top 25 poll. You can find the rankings here
Upsets, upsets everywhere. Week two of college football season brough a lot of change and shakeups to the top 25. Some teams completely fell out, while other take advatage of the voids left and make big moves. Lets just hope every week is as exciting as this last one was.
Ranking (Last Week)
1 (1) Alabama
Another week and another dominating win for the Crimson Tide. This time over this guy. They will have a test of some kind this week, when they go to Arkansas who will be looking for a comeback win.
2 (2) USC
Through traveling to the east coast, a weather delay, and everything else the Trojans still ended up with a dominant win. Matt Barkley can solidify his place as the Heisman front runner with a solid game this week against Stanford.
3 (3) LSU
Washington had a live tiger at practice last week in preparation for going into Death Valley. But much like the honey badger (who is no longer on the team) LSU did not care and gave the Huskies a whoopin.
4 (5) Oregon
Ho hum, Kenjon Barner just rails off 200 yards and three touchdowns like he is taking a stroll in the park. Don't expect the Ducks first test until next week when they host Arizona.
5 (4) Oklahoma
Beating up on Florida A&M means nothing really. But a week off to prepare for the start of the Big 12 season when they open up against Kansas St is big.
6 (6) Florida State
Poor Savannah State, first Oklahoma State and then you go to Tallahassee. But impressive for FSU when you can get a game called after three quarters, weather conditions or not.
7(7) West Virginia
A week off for WVU means no real movement in the rankings. Don't expect them to move after beating James Madison either.
8 (8) Georgia
Missouri gave them a run in their SEC debut. But the Bulldogs showed the difference between the SEC and everyone else, closing ability. 17 points in the fourth quarter for their first conference win.
9 (10) South Carolina
South Carolina keeps moving around because of other losses around them, when they actually play a team of note we'll actually get a hold on what this team is made of.
10 (11) Michigan State
Why did Michigan St play a road game versus Central Michigan? Well no matter where the game is played the results stay the same. Now back to East Lancing, the Fighting Irish are coming to town this week.
11 (15) Clemson
You blow out Ball St at home, next up you have Furman. If I didn’t know any better Clemson seems to have set their schedule up like a Big 10 or SEC school.
12 (14) Ohio State
Central Florida is not a bad team per se, but they are nowhere to the level of the Buckeyes. THE Ohio State's tradition of not leaving the Horseshoe non-conference continues this year when California comes to Columbus.
13 (13) Texas
The Longhorns used the long ball as well as solid running to take out New Mexico. This week is Ole Miss, an SEC school, just one of the bottom feeders of the conference.
14 (19) Virginia Tech
Between all of the other losses and Virginia Tech looking impressive two weeks in a row results in one of the biggest jumps of the week.
15 (22) Kansas State
The biggest benefactor of upset week jumping up SEVEN spots. Taking all of the swagger away from the U by hanging 52 on them doesn't hurt either.
16 (17) Michigan
Denard Robinson looked like the player that we all though he would be. But it is still concerning that they only beat Air Force by six.
17 (20) TCU
Finally start play in the big boy conferences this week when they go to Kansas and the fighting Manginios.
18 (25) Florida
Texas A&M had everything going in their favor, as well as billboards, and then the Gators reminded them that they are the new guys. Winning the in the fourth quarter to spoil A&M's SEC debut.
19 (21) Stanford
If Stanford would have beat Duke in basketball then this would be something to write about, as we are talking about football then not so much. Better get ready the Trojans are coming to town this week,
20 (23) Notre Dame
The Irish struggled with Purdue, turning the ball over when they could have run out the clock, and needing a last second field goal to close it out. The Irish will need to be better i they want to beat Michigan State.
21 (UR) Louisville
Louisville should be able to hold onto a spot somewhere in the top 25 all year, mainly because they are in the Big East, and the Big East is pretty bad.
22 (UR) UCLA
This was going to be a surprise team in the Pac-12 South this season. They showed on Saturday why, a good back and forth game with Nebraska they came out of on top. Brett Hundley is the real deal, and will be why UCLA has success this season.
23 (16) Nebraska
A tough loss to UCLA for sure. At times it seemed like the Blackshirts had no answer for Noel Mazzones offense. Not the end of the world for the Huskers though, plenty of opportunities to make up for this loss.
24 (12) Wisconsin
The Badgers are just the latest victim of yearly giant killer Oregon State. What should have arguably been a cakewalk turned into an upset. Montee Ball obviously needs to get moving for Wisconsin to win games this year.
25 (UR) Arizona
Many people, including myself, gave the Wildcats no chance to beat Oklahoma State. What happens they go out and not only beat the Cowboys but crushed them, color me impressed
Dropped from the Rankings: (9) Arkansas, (18) Oklahoma State, (24) Washington
Others Receiving Consideration: Tennessee, Arizona State, Boise State
Biggest Jump: Florida (25) to (18), and Kansas State (22) to (15)
Biggest Fall: Arkansas (9) to Unranked
Top 25 Games this week:
(2) USC at (19) Stanford
(20) Notre Dame at (10) Michigan State