With Week Two now in the books, it’s time to release our staff rankings that now factor in the weekend that was in college football.
Each of the seven members of the NDT staff (Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Roger Dixon, Scott Bischoff, Jon Ledyard, Benjamin Solak and Jonah Tuls) submitted their individual top-15 rankings that factored into the composite list by averaging them together.
With only two teams holding their rank from last week, the early season shake up continues. We welcome a new team to the top-15 while Auburn’s loss to Clemson leaves them on the outside looking in. We also welcome two new teams into the “if the season ended today” playoff picture. The biggest risers in this weeks poll are two teams that came away with statement road victories.
*Last weeks rank in parenthesis
- Alabama 2-0 (1) – No change at the top with Alabama taking care of Fresno State like they should.
- Oklahoma 2-0 (6) – A road win against Ohio State vaults the Sooners into the No. 2 spot.
- Clemson 2-0 (3) – To the tune of 11 sacks and 14 tackles for loss, the Tiger’s defense was suffocating in Clemson’s win over Auburn.
- Southern Cal 2-0 (5) – USC had some struggles pulling away from Western Michigan in week one but they handled Stanford and find themselves in our playoff picture entering week three.
- Penn State 2-0 (4) – Penn State drops a spot this week after beating Pitt 33-14, but that has more to do with the big wins for Oklahoma, Clemson and USC.
- Washington 2-0 (7) – The Huskies haven’t been challenged but they are taking care of business so far. They should coast to another win against Fresno State this week.
- Oklahoma State 2-0 (8) – Another team yet to be tested, the Cowboy’s have lit up the scoreboard against the likes of Tulsa and South Alabama. A road test against Pitt awaits them this week.
- Ohio State 1-1 (2) – A convincing home loss to the Sooners leaves Ohio State as this weeks biggest faller. The Buckeyes lack experience in the secondary, playmakers on the outside and consistency at quarterback despite arguably the best defensive line in the nation.
- Michigan 2-0 (10) – The Wolverines followed up a convincing win over Florida by beating Cincinnati. So far, so good for Jim Harbaugh’s group.
- Wisconsin 2-0 (12) – With wins over Utah State and Florida Atlantic, the Badgers have yet to be tested but they are winning in convincing fashion. We will learn more about this team in conference play.
- Georgia 2-0 (15) – Tied with Oklahoma as the biggest riser this week, a road win against Notre Dame without its starting QB got the attention of our staff.
- Florida State 0-1 (9) – Hurricane Irma postponed the Seminoles week two matchup which gives the team additional time to acclimate to life without QB Deondre Francois.
- LSU 2-0 (11) – Chattanooga proved to be no challenge for the Tigers coming off a week one win over BYU. A road game at Mississippi State provides a bigger challenge in week three.
- Louisville 2-0 (13) – The Cardinal’s have college football’s best player in QB Lamar Jackson but the talent around him is very much unproven. That said, Jackson gives them a chance every week.
- Miami 1-0 (Not Ranked) – The Canes are this week’s new addition to the top-15. And while they didn’t play in week two on account of Irma, Miami has always had the attention of myself and Kyle Crabbs since preseason.
Others receiving votes: Kansas State, Auburn, Virginia Tech, TCU