In the wake of one of the best college football weekends ever, the AP Top 25 has undergone a significant amount of transformation.
One of the few constants though from Week 1 to Week 2 is the team at the top. The Alabama Crimson Tide are still ranked No. 1 in the country after the beatdown they put on the USC Trojans. The Tide received 54 of 61 first-place votes with the remaining seven scattered between the Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles and Michigan Wolverines who comprise four of the top five, with the Ohio State Buckeyes checking in at No. 4.
Like the Coaches Poll, Georgia joins the ranks of Alabama in the Top 10 after their impressive win over North Carolina. The Bulldogs leapt up nine spots from the No. 18 position to No. 9 in the country and the ‘Dawgs and Tide are the only two teams from the SEC to be featured within the Top 10 of the poll.
The other teams featured from 6-10 are the Houston Cougars, Stanford Cardinal, Washington Huskies and the Wisconsin Badgers who were responsible for the LSU Tigers’ dip in the poll which we’ll get too shortly.
You’d have to trek all the way down to No. 17 to find the next team from the SEC. The Tennessee Volunteers slid down from the ninth spot in the poll after their close victory over the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Thursday. The pollsters were obviously not too impressed with their performance despite the tally in the win column, and goes to show that even with a win under your belt, how you get it done may be even more important.
The Ole Miss Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies and LSU Tigers rank 19th, 20th and 21st and round out the lot of SEC teams featured in the Top 25. The first and third took losses over the weekend as the Rebels and Tigers lost to Florida State and aforementioned Wisconsin, as LSU would drop 16 spots after the 16-14 defeat. Texas A&M meanwhile propped themselves into the 20th spot after being unranked a week ago.
Despite a win over UMass, Florida is on the outside looking in now at the 26th spot in the poll, falling behind in-state rival Miami who checks in at No. 25. Auburn was the only other team this week to receive votes, recording 13 of them from AP pollsters.
The full poll can be viewed here.