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2018 College Football Polls: Week 2

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Week 2 Polls

The Associated Press Top 25

The historical gold standard of human polls.

  1. Alabama (48 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson (12)
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Washington
  10. Stanford
  11. LSU
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Penn State
  14. West Virginia
  15. Michigan State
  16. TCU
  17. USC
  18. Missisippi State
  19. UCF
  20. Boise State
  21. Michigan
  22. Miami
  23. Oregon
  24. South Carolina
  25. Florida

The Massey composite

Every poll and rating smashed into one continually updating ranking, more or less. We’ll update this one a couple times throughout the day when rankings come out.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Georgia
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Penn State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. LSU
  11. Stanford
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Michigan State
  15. USC
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. TCU
  18. Boise State
  19. UCF
  20. Mississippi State
  21. Iowa
  22. Northwestern
  23. Miami (T-23)
  24. Michigan (T-23)
  25. NC State

Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings

SB Nation’s favored college football advanced stat, which tends to perform well against the Vegas spread, along with offering much deeper evaluations of teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Georgia
  6. MISSISSIPPI STATE!
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. LSU
  10. BOISE STATE!
  11. Washington
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Utah
  15. MEMPHIS!
  16. TCU
  17. Stanford
  18. Penn State
  19. Florida
  20. Oregon
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Michigan
  23. UCF
  24. BOSTON COLLEGE!
  25. Ole Miss

RELATED

THE TOP WHATEVER, ranking only the teams that must be ranked

Teams of the week, led by Oklahoma

The Sagarin ratings

A long-running computer that also includes FCS teams.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Clemson
  5. Auburn
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. Virginia Tech
  9. IOWA!
  10. Georgia
  11. Mississippi State
  12. Stanford
  13. LSU
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Penn State
  17. Michigan State
  18. Michigan
  19. USC
  20. TCU
  21. Texas A&M
  22. West Virginia
  23. Boise State
  24. Utah
  25. BOSTON COLLEGE!

The USA Today Coaches Poll

Doesn’t matter much, and often is more a poll of PR directors than actual coaches.

  1. Alabama (59 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson (3)
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Stanford
  10. Penn State
  11. Washington
  12. USC
  13. Michigan State
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. LSU
  16. TCU
  17. West Virginia
  18. Mississippi State
  19. Boise State
  20. UCF
  21. Miami
  22. Michigan
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. South Carolina
  25. Florida

Georgia Overview

The Dawgs took care of business against Austin Peay, winning decisively by a final score of 45-0. Almost the entire team got some playing time which was great to see, especially for the guys making their debut Between the Hedges.

This week, Georgia will face a much tougher task in South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Movers

Fell Out: #19 Florida State, #23 Texas

Newcomers: #24 South Carolina, #25 Florida

Overrated

#11 LSU

As much as I want LSU to be good for Georgia’s strength of schedule, they are not the eleventh best team in the nation. The win against Miami was impressive, but they were still outgained in that game and their quarterback play is still unproven.

Underrated

Unranked Texas A&M

Granted, their first game was against an FCS opponent, but Texas A&M may be better than people think in year one under Jimbo Fisher. They’ll have a true measuring stick game this week against Clemson, and while I don’t think they will win, I think they’ll be impressive enough in the game to go on an potentially finish the season with eight or nine wins, which would vault the Aggies into the year’s final polls.

This Week’s Top 25 Matchups

#3 UGA at #24 South Carolina

#17 USC at #10 Stanford

Upset Alert

Last week, I picked Ole Miss correctly in a mild upset. This week, I’ve got USC going to Stanford and knocking off the Cardinal.