The College Football AP poll was released on Tuesday September 2. At first glance, you’ll notice that the Oregon Ducks have jumped the Ohio State Buckeyes for the second spot. After a lackluster performance against Buffalo, the Buckeyes dropped one spot, but they remain ahead of Clemson at four. Only three teams received first place votes in the poll. Alabama remained a strong number one with 58 first place votes. Ohio State and Clemson received one first place vote a piece. ESPN.com notes that Clemson has their highest AP ranking in 25 years. Although Stanford didn’t play, the Cardinal dropped one spot to number five.
While the top five has two PAC 12 teams, the SEC dominates the bottom half of the top 10. South Carolina comes in at number six just ahead of Texas A&M at the seventh spot. LSU moved up three spots from 12 to nine.
A year from now, the ACC would be very happy with the rankings as Louisville moves up one spot to number eight and Florida State enters at 10.
Every quarterback in the top 10 played well in week one except for A.J. McCarron with Alabama. The Crimson Tide had a lot of trouble against the Virginia Tech defense throughout the game.
Georgia dropped six spots out of the top 10 and they fell to 11. After losing to Clemson, Georgia must face South Carolina in a SEC showdown on Saturday. They will be dangerously close to falling (0-2) to start the season.
Two teams won games and dropped in the rankings. Right now, Nebraska would have a hard time defending their national ranking. The Cornhuskers fell four spots to number 22, while USC dropped one to 25. Nebraska’s defense treated the Wyoming offense like 7-11. Somebody was open all night, and they haven’t shown improvement since last season.
Washington Huskies find themselves in the poll after a huge win over Boise State. They went from unranked to 20th in the nation. It’s nice to get a great home win, but they must back it up with more game day achievements.
Here is the AP Top 25.