CollegeFootballNews.com Rankings No. 1 to 130: Week 2
The CFN ranking of all 130 teams after a wild Week 2
130 Georgia State (0-1)
LAST WEEK: 130. Georgia State didn’t play this week – at Penn State is up next.
129 UAB (1-1)
LAST WEEK 129. at Ball State 51, UAB 31. The special teams failed and the defense didn’t show up. but Spencer Brown ran for 151 yards and the O rumbled for over 500 yards.
1287 Charlotte (0-2)
LAST WEEK 126. at Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7. The 49ers scored the first half, but they were never in the game. They finished with 168 yards of total offense.
127 Bowling Green (0-2)
LAST WEEK 116. South Dakota 35, at Bowling Green 27. James Morgan threw for 315 yards and two scores, but the Falcons couldn’t handle the FCS team, getting down 21-3 in the first quarter.
126 Texas State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 128. at Colorado 37, Texas State 3. The run defense was terrific, but the O couldn’t score. Damian Williams only threw for 95 yards.
125 Massachusetts (0-3)
LAST WEEK 127. Old Dominion 17, at UMass 7. At least UMass has showed off an offense at times in the first few games. Not this week. The line couldn’t handle the ODU pass rush.
124 Kent State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 124. at Kent State 38, Howard 31. The Golden Flashes got by the Howard team that shocked UNLV. Nick Holley threw two touchdown passes and ran for 119 yards and another score.
123 Coastal Carolina (1-0)
LAST WEEK 123. Didn’t play this week. At UAB next week.
122 Georgia Southern (0-2)
LAST WEEK 104. New Hampshire 22, Georgia Southern 12. Ugh. The offense isn’t working. It didn’t go anywhere when QB Shai Werts wasn’t producing.
121 UTEP (0-2)
LAST WEEK 118. Rice 31, at UTEP 14. Ugly, UTEP couldn’t seem to get anything going until it was too late. The running game hit a brick wall, while the run D was non-existent.
120 FIU (1-1)
LAST WEEK: 109. FIU 17, Alcorn State 10: It was too much of a struggle against a bad team, but Alex McGough threw for 328 yards and Alex Garnder for 102 yards and a score in the first FIU win for Butch Davis.
119 Rice (1-1)
LAST WEEK 125. Rice 31, at UTEP 14. The time off – even with all the problems in the Houston area – seemed to do the team good. The defense dominated the UTEP running game. while QB Sam Glaesmann ran for a score and threw for another.
118 Idaho (1-1)
LAST WEEK 114. UNLV 44, at Idaho 16. It was a strange loss. Idaho played UNLV relatively evenly, but couldn’t get the O going in the ugly blowout.
117 San Jose State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 113. at Texas 56. San Jose State 0. The defense didn’t have a chance. The Spartans ran into an angry Texas buzzsaw. There was no hope from the start.
116 Louisiana (1-1)
LAST WEEK 122. at Tulsa 66, Louisiana 42. The offense continues to be fantastic, but there hasn’t been any D whatsoever in two games.
115 Akron (1-1)
LAST WEEK 121. at Akron 52, Arkansas-Pine Bluff got three touchdown runs from Warren Ball in the easy – and much needed – blowout win.
114 UNLV (1-1)
LAST WEEK 120. UNLV 44, at Idaho 16. Yes, of course the Howard loss was a total fluke. Lexington Thomas ran for three TDs.
113 South Alabama (0-2)
LAST WEEK: 119. Oklahoma State 44, at South Alabama 7. It was disappointing, but Oklahoma State is a top ten team. USA got outgained 505 yards to 175.
112 East Carolina (0-2)
LAST WEEK 101. at West Virginia 56, East Carolina 20. It’s just not pretty. The secondary hasn’t shown up yet, while the offense hasn’t done anything to keep up in either of the first two losses.
111 Baylor (0-2)
LAST WEEK 100. UTSA 17, at Baylor 10. Oh, Baylor, noooooo. the offense was awful, the defense was rocky, and there were way too many penalties and mistakes. The Bears failed to hit 300 yards in total offense.
110 Buffalo (0-2)
LAST WEEK 117. at Army 21, Buffalo 17. Buffalo played well enough to pull it off, but the offense failed to score in the second half. Tyree Jackson threw for 193 yards and a score and led the team with 75 yards and a score.
109 Connecticut (1-0)
LAST WEEK 115. Game with South Florida was cancelled – at least for now. At Virginia is up next.
108 ULM (0-1)
LAST WEEK 111. The game vs. Florida State was cancelled. Now the Warhawks have to come in rested/cold against Southern Miss.
107 New Mexico (1-1)
LAST WEEK 87. New Mexico State 30, at New Mexico 28. Really New Mexico … REALLY? You can’t run the ball anymore, and you can’t beat New Mexico State? Again?
106 UTSA (1-0)
LAST WEEK 110. UTSA 17, at Baylor 10. The defense pitched a gem. Dalton Sturm threw two touchdown passes and ran for 98 yards, It was a sloppy game, but UTSA just beat Baylor. That’s not a bad opener.
105 New Mexico State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 112. New Mexico State 30, at New Mexico 28. The Aggies got 401 yards & four TD passes from Tyler Rogers, but had to hang on for dear life. Whatever … they beat New Mexico. Again.
104 Florida Atlantic (0-2)
LAST WEEK 108. at Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14. It was a tough situation with a lot on FAU’s mind, but it hung in there against the Badgers despite being badly overmatched.
103 North Texas (1-1)
LAST WEEK 106. at SMU 54, North Texas 32. Mason Fine there for 434 yards and three scores, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up the pace or overcome the horrible defensive day.
102 Temple (1-1)
LAST WEEK 84. at Temple 16, Villanova 13. It’s going to be a grind. The secondary was ripped to shreds, and the ground game didn’t work, but Logan Marchi threw for 274 yards.
101 Miami Univ. (1-1)
LAST WEEK 98. at Miami Univ. 31, Austin Peay 10. That’s more like it. Austin Peay provided a punch, but Gus Ragland threw for 145 yards snd three scores, with two to James Gardner.
100 Ball State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 105. at Ball State 51, UAB 31. The offense woke up in the second half with Riley Neal throwing for two scores on the day. It was a blowout, but the Cardinals were badly outgained 504 yards to 377.
99 Fresno State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 103. at Alabama 41, Fresno State 10. All things considered, it wasn’t that miserable a performance – helped by Bama taking the foot off the gas. QB Chason Virgil had a few moments.
98 Tulane (1-1)
LAST WEEK 102. at Navy 23, Tulane 21. The offense hasn’t gotten going yet. The defense did a nice enough job against Navy’s option, but the Green Wave only ran for 191 yards.
97 Old Dominion (2-0)
LAST WEEK 88. Old Dominion 17, at UMass 7. The Monarch offense struggled, but the defense was fantastic on the road with eight sacks. Now the passing game has to be more efficient and accurate.
96 Kansas (1-1)
LAST WEEK 91. Central Michigan 45, at Kansas 27. Oh Kansas. The defense wasn’t even close to stopping the CMU passing game, but Dom Williams ran for two scores and Peyton Bender threw for 323 yards.
95 Hawaii (2-1)
LAST WEEK 93. at UCLA 56, Hawaii 23. The Rainbow Warriors powered well on the Bruins, but the pass defense was non-existent for far too long.
94 Northern Illinois (1-1)
LAST WEEK 92. at Northern Illinois 38, Eastern Illinois 10. That’s more like it. The offense exploded with a wild 24-point second quarter. Daniel Santacateria threw for 352 yards and three scores.
93 Troy (1-1)
LAST WEEK 89. at Troy 34, Alabama State 7. It wasn’t totally dominant, but it was a good enough win. Brandon Silvers was on, hitting 32-of-40 for 345 yards.
92 Rutgers (0-2)
LAST WEEK 73. Eastern Michigan 16, at Rutgers 13. Oh Rutgers. The offense didn’t move well enough, two picks were a problem, and pass defense didn’t hold up in a hugely frustrating game.
91 Eastern Michigan (2-0)
LAST WEEK 107. Eastern Michigan 16, at Rutgers 13. It doesn’t matter how it looks – Eastern Michigan won a road game against a Big Ten team. Brogan Roback threw for 260 yards and a score.
90 Utah State (1-1)
LAST WEEK: 95. at Utah State 51, Idaho State 13. Kent Myers was amazing, completing 24-of-26 passes for 323 yards and two scores, and ran for 85 yards and two TDs. He only missed one pass – he threw a pick.
89 Marshall (1-1)
LAST WEEK 97. at NC State 37, Marshall 20. Chase Litton threw for 350 yards and two scores, but the O failed to score in the second half as NC State pulled away.
88 Ohio (1-1)
LAST WEEK 86. at Purdue 44, Ohio 21. The Bobcats got behind, and they didn’t have the firepower to come back. Nathan Rourke, though, threw well. Quinton Maxwell didn’t.
87 SMU (2-0)
LAST WEEK 96. at SMU 54, North Texas 32. The offense had its second straight amazing day, with Courtland Sutton catching eight passes for 163 yards and four scores. The O rocked for a full four quarters.
86 Army (2-0)
LAST WEEK 94. at Army 21, Buffalo 17. It was way too much of a fight, but the ground game came through with Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 147 of the team’s 322 yards.
85 Louisiana Tech (1-1)
LAST WEEK 81. at Mississippi State 57, Louisiana Tech 21. The run defense didn’t show up, and the offense wasn’t able to do nearly enough to keep up.
84 Nevada (0-2)
LAST WEEK 85. Toledo 37, at Nevada 24. Ty Gangi threw for 277 yards and two scores, but the offense still didn’t work. The defense couldn’t hold up against the Toledo balance.
83 Western Kentucky (1-1)
LAST WEEK 61. at Illinois 20, Western Kentucky 7. The running game was absolutely destroyed. WKU ran 16 times for just six yards, and QB Mike White wasn’t able to pick up the slack.
82 Syracuse (1-1)
LAST WEEK 50. Middle Tennessee 30, at Syracuse 23. Horrible, the offense that’s supposed to be unstoppable at home sputtered and coughed. QB Eric Dungey got nothing going deep, and the ground game averaged just 2.6 yards per carry.
81 Cincinnati (1-1)
LAST WEEK 67. at Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14. The Bearcats might have been blown out, but they didn’t go away. They hung around into the fourth quarter with a good effort.
80 Oregon State (1-2)
LAST WEEK 99. Minnesota 48, at Oregon State 14. Yuck. Nothing is working. Minnesota dominated throughout. Jake Luton only threw for 135 yards, and the ground game was stuffed for 80 yards.
79 Central Michigan (2-0)
LAST WEEK 90. Central Michigan 45, at Kansas 27. Shane Morris was magnificent, throwing for 467 yards and three scores with three touchdown passes to Mark Chapman. The Chippewas are better than you think.
78 Middle Tennessee (1-1)
LAST WEEK 83. Middle Tennessee 30, at Syracuse 23. That’s more like it. After a bad week one, the Blue Raider offense overcame a slew of penalties and three turnovers with three Brent Stockstill touchdown passes.
77 Wyoming (1-1)
LAST WEEK 82. at Wyoming 27, Gardner-Webb 0. Isn’t that amazing how Josh Allen is good again. He still isn’t accurate enough, but he threw for 328 yards and two scores.
76 Memphis (1-0)
LAST WEEK 80. The game against UCF was cancelled, UCLA and Josh Rosen visit Memphis next week.
75 Arkansas State (0-1)
LAST WEEK 65. How ticked is Arkansas State that Miami cancelled the big home date for the program? It’s understandable, but it’s a horrible break.
74 Virginia (1-1)
LAST WEEK 79. Indiana 34, at Virginia 17. Kurt Benkert threw 66 times but for just 259 yards and a score. With no ground game to help, there was too much drinking and dunking.
73 Southern Miss (1-1)
LAST WEEK 78. at Southern Miss 45, Southern 0. The Golden Eagles got up 24-0 and didn’t need to push from there. Kwandra Griggs threw for 209 yards and two scores.
72 BYU (1-2)
LAST WEEK 72. Utah 19, at BYU 13. The BYU offense isn’t able to do much of anything right. The running game continues to be non-existent – Tanner Mangum was beaten up by the Utes.
71 Arizona State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 59. San Diego State 30, at Arizona State 20. The Sun Devils couldn’t create their own breaks in a tough home loss to a Mountain West team. The running game was a disaster.
70 UCF (1-0)
LAST WEEK 76. UCF game vs. Memphis was cancelled/postponed. If all goes well, Georgia Tech would be up next, but more likely, the next game will be at Maryland.
69 Boston College (1-1)
LAST WEEK 54. Wake Forest 34, at Boston College 10. Yuck. The new look offense needs to be tweaked. The O didn’t get the ground game moving, while the defense was way too soft for BC.
68 Illinois (2-0)
LAST WEEK 66. at Illinois 20, Western Kentucky 7. Illinois might be the ugliest 2-0 team, but it’s 2-0, The run defense destroyed WKU, but the passing game was held to just 107 yards. Mike Epstein ran for 111 yards.
67 Appalachian State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 75. at Appalachian State 54, Savannah State 7. The Mountaineers took advantage of the scrimmage. Taylor Lamb threw for 327 yards and five TDs on 12 completions.
66 Texas A&M (1-1)
LAST WEEK 28. at Texas A&M 24, Nicholls 14. Really, Texas A&M? You needed a late surge to win this against an FCS team? Again, the Aggies started hot, and fizzled.
65 Navy (2-0)
LAST WEEK 77. at Navy 23, Tulane 21. Navy had to battle to hang on, but Zach Abey threw a 79-yard touchdown pass and ran for 108 yards in the tough win. It was’t pretty, but it was a conference win.
64 Western Michigan (0-2)
LAST WEEK 64. at Michigan State 28, Western Michigan 14. The Broncos tried to fight back in the second half, but the offense failed to move the ball until it was too late.
63 USF (2-0)
LAST WEEK 71. The game at UConn was cancelled, but the American Athletic might need this to be played if they can figure it out. Illinois is up next in Tampa, but more likely, the next game will be against Temple or at East Carolina.
62 Tulsa (1-1)
LAST WEEK 69. at Tulsa 66, Louisiana 42. That’s more like it for the Golden Hurricane. There wasn’t any D, but D’Angelo Brewer ran for 262 yards and three TDs.
61 Iowa State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 70. Iowa 44, at Iowa State 41 OT. This one will hurt. Iowa State had it won, but Iowa marched too easily late. Jacob Park threw for 347 yards and four scores.
60 Missouri (1-1)
LAST WEEK 68. South Carolina 31, at Missouri 13. At least the defense wasn’t totally miserable. Drew Lock, though, only hit 14-of-32 passes.
59 Colorado State (2-1)
LAST WEEK 60. at Colorado State 38, Abilene Christian 10. The Rams bounced back with another great game from Nick Stevens, who threw for 337 yards and three scores.
58 Air Force (1-0)
LAST WEEK 63. Didn’t play this week – at Michigan is up next.
57 Toledo (2-0)
LAST WEEK 58. Toledo 37, at Nevada 24. It wasn’t perfect, but the offense got up big early and the defense held up late. Kareem who? Terry Swanson ran for 101 yards and two scores.
56 Arizona (1-1)
LAST WEEK 56. Houston 19, at Arizona 16. This was a prove-it game for the Wildcats, and they failed. The running game came up with just 152 yards in the home loss. The O scored just one TD.
55 Northwestern (1-1)
LAST WEEK 38. at Duke 41, Northwestern 17. Either Duke is amazing, or Northwestern didn’t show up. It was a horrible performance for the Wildcats in every phase.
54 Kentucky (2-0)
LAST WEEK 43. at Kentucky 27, Eastern Kentucky 16. The Cats haven’t looked good offensively, but the defense has been just fine over the first two games.
53 Boise State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 53. at Washington State 47, Boise State 44 (2OT). How do the Broncos respond after blowing a 31-10 lead? It’ll likely be the Montell Cozart show going forward with Brett Rypien getting knocked out of the game.
52 Purdue (1-1)
LAST WEEK: 57. at Purdue 44, Ohio 21. This is how Purdue is supposed to play. The offense had pop, the passing game was great, and the team blasted a good MAC team. | 3 Quick Thoughts
51 Wake Forest (2-0)
LAST WEEK 62. Wake Forest 34, at Boston College 10. A fantastic performance on the road, Wake Forest owned the first half, and rolled from there with John Wolford throwing for 151 yards and a score and ran for 92 yards and a touchdown.
50 North Carolina (0-2)
LAST WEEK 46. Louisville 47, at North Carolina 35. Louisville had Lamar Jackson, UNC didn’t on the plus side, Brandon Harris completed 17-of-23 passes for 216 yards and a score.
49 California (2-0)
LAST WEEK 42. at California 33, Weber State 20. It was a win, but it took a massive comeback in the fourth quarter to pull this off. The Bear defense was hit for 431 passing yards.
48 Houston (1-0)
LAST WEEK 55. Houston 19, at Arizona 16. The offense stalled in the second half, and Kyle Allen threw two picks, but he also threw for 225 yards. Ed Oliver dominated with 11 tackles and a tackle for loss.
47 Ole Miss (2-0)
LAST WEEK 52. at Ole Miss 45, UT Martin 23. The good: Shea Patterson threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns against an FCS team. The bad. He hit those numbers because he had to.
46 Duke (2-0)
LAST WEEK 74. at Duke 41, Northwestern 17. YEEEESH. Good luck finding a more dominant performance by the Blue Devils over the last several years against a team that’s supposed to be as good as Northwestern.
45 Nebraska (1-1)
LAST WEEK 49. at Oregon 42, Nebraska 35. Even with the wild comeback attempt, Nebraska didn’t show much of anything to suggest it’ll be a player in the Big Ten race. The defense doesn’t have top playmakers.
44 San Diego State (2-0)
LAST WEEK 51. San Diego State 30, at Arizona State 20. Rashaad Penny returned a kick for a score, led the team with four catches for 38 yards and a score, and ran for 216 yards and a touchdown. The run D held ASU to 44 yards.
43 Texas Tech (1-0)
LAST WEEK 48. Didn’t play this week – Arizona State up next.
42 Vanderbilt (2-0)
LAST WEEK 47. at Vanderbilt 42, Alabama A&M 0. QB Kyle Shurmur remains red hot, hitting 15-of-18 passes for 202 yards and four scores in the breather.
41 Mississippi State (2-0)
LAST WEEK 45. at Mississippi State 57, Louisiana Tech 21. The offense was breathtaking with 327 yards averaging over eight yards per pop. Nick Fitzgerald ran for two sores and threw for three others.
40 Indiana (1-1)
LAST WEEK 44. Indiana 34, at Virginia 17. Is this Peyton Ramsey’s offense now? Richard Lagow completed just 3-of-10 passes for 24 yards with a pick, while Ramsey hit 16-of-20 throws for 173 yards and two scores, and ran for 42 yards and a touchdown.
39 Washington State (2-0)
LAST WEEK 25. at Washington State 47, Boise State 44 (2OT). Luke Falk got knocked out of the game, but the Cougars managed to come up with a shocker after getting down 31-10. There was no running game, but the D and QB Tyler Hillinski pulled off the thriller.
38 Arkansas (1-1)
LAST WEEK 27. TCU 28, at Arkansas 7. Disappointing, Arkansas got pushed around int its own house. That’s not okay for a Bret Bielema team. Austin Allen couldn’t make up for the problems. | 3 Things That Matter
37 Pitt (1-1)
LAST WEEK 41. at Penn State 33, Pitt 14. The line couldn’t generate enough of a push against the Penn State defensive front, and it didn’t give Max Browne enough time to work. On the plus side, it was a surprising performance from the secondary.
36 Minnesota (2-0)
LAST WEEK 40. Minnesota 48, at Oregon State 14. Who needs a passing game? Conor Rhoda only missed one throw, but he only threw eight ties. The ground game cranked up five scores, while the D pitched a gem.
35 Georgia Tech (1-1)
LAST WEEK 34. at Georgia Tech 37, Jacksonville State 10. It took a half for things to work, and then the explosion came. TaQuon Marshall finished with 112 passing yards and three scores.
34 Texas (1-1)
LAST WEEK 39. at Texas 56. San Jose State 0. That’s more like it. Chris Warren rumbled for 166 yards and two scores, but Sam Ehlinger was the story, playing in place of injured Shane Buechele and throwing for 222 yards.
33 Maryland (2-0)
LAST WEEK 37. at Maryland 63, Towson 17. Kasim Hill looked the part in his first game as the starter, completing 13-of-16 passes for 163 yards and two score, and running for 41 more. Maryland scored 21 first quarter points and coasted.
32 NC State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 30. at NC State 37, Marshall 20. The defense stepped it up in the second half, but the secondary allowed 350 passing yards. Ryan Finley threw for 341 yards and three scores.
31 Utah (2-0)
LAST WEEK 36. Utah 19, at BYU 13. The Utes had was too hard a time putting BYU away, but Tyler Huntley was fantastic, throwing for 300 yards and leading the team with 89 rushing yards with a score.
30 Michigan State (2-0)
LAST WEEK 35. at Michigan State 28, Western Michigan 14. The defense has been fantastic so far. The WMU running game that rumbled on USC was stuffed, while the MSU attack was just good enough to get by.
29 West Virginia (1-1)
LAST WEEK 33. at West Virginia 56, East Carolina 20. Will Grier was magnificent, throwing for 352 yards and five scores. It was just a win over East Carolina, but the team looked the part.
28 Tennessee (2-0)
LAST WEEK 32. at Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7. It was a go-through-the-motions scrimmage after the battle with Georgia Tech, but the O was solid from the start.
27 UCLA (2-0)
LAST WEEK 26. at UCLA 56, Hawaii 23. How do you follow up Texas A&M? Josh Rosen went 22-of-25 for 329 yards and five scores, but, as expected, the run D didn’t show up.
26 Colorado (2-0)
LAST WEEK 31. at Colorado 37, Texas State 3. It took a while to get this done thanks to a mediocre running game, but the D was dominant. Steven Montez threw for 299 yards.
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25 South Carolina (2-0)
LAST WEEK 29. Up Next: Kentucky. South Carolina 31, at Missouri 13. How is South Carolina doing this? Deebo Samuel has had a special start, but the D came up with this one with several key stops in the second half.
24 Oregon (2-0)
LAST WEEK 24. Up Next: at Wyoming: at Oregon 42, Nebraska 35. Oregon was SO good for a half, but it won’t be able to survive against the better teams if the O clunks like that once the Pac-12 season kicks in. The Ducks were outscored 21-0 in the second half.
23 Kansas State (2-0)
LAST WEEK 23. Up Next: at Vanderbilt: at Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7. The Wildcats were never tested by the 49ers. The defense was amazing, while the running game cranked out 304 yards and five scores.
22 Louisville (2-0)
LAST WEEK 22. Up Next: Clemson: Louisville 47, at North Carolina 35. Would Louisville be 0-2 without Lamar Jackson? Probably. All he did was throw for 393 yards and three scores, and run for 132 yards and three more.
21 Virginia Tech (2-0)
LAST WEEK 21. Up Next: at East Carolina: at Virginia Tech 27, Delaware 0. The running game didn’t bring the intensity – the big runs weren’t there, but there weren’t any problems. Josh Jackson threw for 222 yards and two scores.
20 Florida (0-1)
LAST WEEK 17. Up Next: Tennessee: The Northern Colorado game was cancelled, but it won’t be so easy to do that with Tennessee. The Gators have an open weekend on October 21st, but that’s Alabama week for the Vols. Tennessee’s open date? October 7th, when Florida plays LSU.
19 Notre Dame (1-1)
LAST WEEK 18. Up Next: at Boston College: Georgia 20, at Notre Dame 19. The offense could never get going. The NFL caliber stars on the offensive line weren’t outplayed, but they didn’t dominate like they needed to. Chalk it up to being on the wrong side of a great game vs. a great team. | 3 Things That Matter
18 Iowa (2-0)
LAST WEEK 20. Up Next: North Texas: Iowa 44, at Iowa State 41 OT. The Hawkeyes were able to pull this out of the fire thanks to a big late drive from Nathan Stanley and a huge day from Akrum Wadley. The D melted down, though, giving up 347 passing yards. | 3 Things That Matter
17 TCU (2-0)
LAST WEEK 19. Up Next: SMU: TCU 28, at Arkansas 7. It wasn’t perfect, and Kenny Hill didn’t bomb away, but the running game was powerful when it needed to be, and the D was fantastic. | 3 Things That Matter
16 LSU (2-0)
LAST WEEK 16. Up Next: at Mississippi State: LSU 45, Chattanooga 10. LSU went through the motions and won with ease, but that’s what this game was for. However, averaging under five yards per carry wasn’t a plus.
15 Oklahoma State (2-0)
LAST WEEK: 15. Up Next: at Pitt: Oklahoma State 44, South Alabama 7. Mason Rudolph continues to be fantastic – throwing for 335 yards and three scores with a rushing TD – but the Cowboys are bringing the D over the first two weeks, too. | 3 Quick Thoughts
14 Auburn (1-1)
LAST WEEK 14. Up Next: Mercer: at Clemson 14, Auburn 6. Yes, Clemson might be national title good, and yes, it was a great game by the defense on the road, but shouldn’t the offense actually work? Jarrett Stidham struggled with Clemson players sitting on him all game long. | 3 Things That Matter
13 Miami (1-0)
LAST WEEK 13. Up Next: Toledo (Sept. 23): After canceling the road game at Arkansas State, and with the Florida State game being moved to October 7th, Miami has had a whole lot to deal with – for obvious reasons.
12 Stanford (1-1)
LAST WEEK 9. Up Next: at San Diego State. at USC 42, Stanford 24. Losing to USC might stink, but the season could take a major turn downward if the Cardinal can’t handle San Diego State. The run D had better be a lot stronger. | 3 Things That Matter
11 Wisconsin (2-0)
LAST WEEK 8. Up Next: at BYU: at Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14. Yuck. Fine, the Badgers won, and Jonathan Taylor ran wild, but it was a game full of mistakes and points left off the board. The Badgers aren’t playing tight enough yet. | 3 Things That Matter
10 Penn State (1-0)
LAST WEEK 11. Up Next: Georgia State: at Penn State 33, Pitt 14. It was a blowout, and Penn State was in control, but even with the three touchdown passes, Trace McSorley was just okay, and Saquon Barkley only ran for 88 yards – he wasn’t used enough. The D came up with five sacks. | 3 Things That Matter
9 Washington (2-0)
LAST WEEK 6. Up Next: Fresno State: at Washington 63, Montana 7. The offense was unstoppable with Jake Browning completing 22-of-26 passes for 259 yards and two scores. The D did whatever it wanted to in the backfield.
8 Ohio State (1-1)
LAST WEEK 3. Up Next: Army. Oklahoma 31, at Ohio State 16. The howling will be deafening after another sputtering day from the offense. But the defense wasn’t much better, getting bombed on by Baker Mayfield. | 3 Things That Matter
7 Georgia (2-0)
LAST WEEK 10. Up Next: Samford: Georgia 20, at Notre Dame 19. The defense carried the Dawgs to a historic win. Jake Fromm did what he needed to do, but chalk this one up to the RBs and the key defensive stops. | 3 Things That Matter
6 Michigan (2-0)
LAST WEEK 5. Up Next: Air Force: at Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14. It wasn’t a smooth performance, but Ty Isaac was wonderful with 133 yards on the ground. Wilton Speight didn’t throw any picks, but he threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns. | 3 Things That Matter
5 USC (2-0)
LAST WEEK 12. Up Next: Texas: at USC 42, Stanford 24. For anyone who thought that 1) USC was soft or 2) Sam Darnold was overrated, Stanford would like to have a word with you. However, USC had better show up for Texas. | 3 Things That Matter
4 Florida State (0-1)
LAST WEEK 4. Up Next: NC State (Sept. 23): There are bigger worries overall, but with the Miami game being moved to October 7th, FSU will be very rested/very rusty for NC State.
3 Clemson (2-0)
LAST WEEK 2. Up Next: at Louisville: at Clemson 14, Auburn 6. That was great, Clemson defensive line. Now stop Lamar Jackson and Louisville. The Tiger defensive tackles are truly special – Christian Wilkins made ten stops with two sacks – while Kelly Bryant played a great gut-check game. | 3 Things That Matter
2 Oklahoma (2-0)
LAST WEEK 7. Up Next: Tulane: Oklahoma 31, at Ohio State 16. A brilliant performance, Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three scores, while the defense held the Ohio State offense in check in crunch time. OU walked into Colombus and scored 28 second half points. | 3 Things That Matter
1 Alabama (2-0)
LAST WEEK 1. Up Next: Colorado State. at Alabama 41, Fresno State 10. Really? You’re worries about Jalen Hurts? 14-of-18 for 128 yards and a score, and ten carries for 154 yards and two scores. He’s pretty good.