Alabama remains #1 after easily handling Western Kentucky, but LSU moves to #2 less than a point behind them after thumping Washington. There is a huge (>9 points) gap back to K-State at #3 and Baylor at #4, then another SEC team at #5 and Oregon makes its mark at #6. Boise State while idle gets passed by a few teams and falls to #7. The SEC shows up again at #8 with South Carolina and the Pac-12 has a second team in the top-9 with #9 ASU, and the SEC has an astonishing 5th team in the top-10 with Mississippi State.
So, the top-10 has 5 SEC teams, 2 Pac-12 and Big-12, and Boise State. Is that indicative of the real strength of the conferences this year? Many teams have played 2 games now so there is a little more validity to the ratings but things can certainly still change significantly as the more meaningful games are played.
But let's take a look at some of the moves.
Alabama lost some ratings points, that was due to playing a weak opponent, but more importantly their first week opponent Michigan, winning by only 6 at home over Air Force and their rating dropping.
Another SEC team was upset, Arkansas, and fell dramatically all the way down to #34. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the SEC and how this loss in turn affects the rest of the conference.
A team not doing that great in my ratings but #2 in most of the polls is USC. They won in New Jersey against Syracuse but not that impressively and so have not made a move up. But they go to #14 Stanford next week so have a chance to make a statement.
Oklahoma State was rated high last week based on last year and their meaningless drubbing of Savannah State not giving any reason to drop them, but their loss to Arizona by 21 does tell us something and they drop all the way to #52.
The top-25 is below, full ratings on the site.
|3||Kansas St||83.906||2-0||60.891||+18, +7.093|
|7||Boise St||81.367||0-1||82.651||-1, -0.291|
|8||South Carolina||81.294||2-0||68.757||+2, +0.491|
|9||Arizona St||80.568||2-0||60.029||+23, +6.849|
|10||Mississippi St||80.345||2-0||50.939||+24, +6.970|
|11||Southern Cal||79.947||2-0||61.782||-2, -1.040|
|12||Michigan St||79.651||2-0||68.155||+0, -0.595|
|16||West Virginia||78.139||1-0||58.749||+2, +0.583|
|20||Ohio State||76.360||2-0||59.886||+5, +0.903|
|21||Texas Tech||76.236||2-0||52.945||+34, +7.079|
|24||Ohio U.||75.932||2-0||65.594||+12, +2.655|