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California Golden Blogs College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 2

How would the CGB writers vote if they were responsible for the national college football rankings?

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I'm out of the country and apparently some of our voters are also busy, so we're going to have a quick and dirty Top 25 post this week:

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

California Golden Blogs Top 25 - Week 2

Rank Team Delta
1 Ohio State Buckeyes --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_down 1
3 Michigan State Spartans Arrow_up 12
4 TCU Horned Frogs Arrow_down 1
5 UCLA Bruins --
6 Baylor Bears Arrow_down 2
7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Arrow_down 1
8 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Arrow_up 3
9 BYU Cougars Arrow_up 3
10 USC Trojans Arrow_down 1
11 Texas A&M Aggies Arrow_down 4
12 Utah Utes Arrow_down 2
13 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_up 10
14 Ole Miss Rebels Arrow_up 6
15 Temple Owls Arrow_up 6
16 Clemson Tigers Arrow_down 1
17 Florida State Seminoles Arrow_up 1
18 Georgia Bulldogs Arrow_down 4
19 LSU Tigers NEW
20 California Golden Bears NEW
21 Oregon Ducks Arrow_down 9
22 Kansas State Wildcats NEW
23 Arizona Wildcats Arrow_up 1
24 Northwestern Wildcats Arrow_down 2
T-25 Memphis Tigers NEW
T-25 Wisconsin Badgers NEW

Teams dropped from last week's Top 25Auburn Tigers, Boise State Broncos, Arkansas Razorbacks

Others receiving votesMemphis Tigers, Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, NC State Wolfpack, Houston Cougars, Air Force Falcons, Auburn Tigers

Nick Kranz:

-Two Big 10 teams atop my poll? What has the world come to?!? Hey, if you schedule tough early season games and then actually win the damned things, you get rewarded. Congrats, Michigan St. and Ohio State. Now watch as you drop if you do anything but blow out the crummy teams on your schedule over the next month.

-Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee & Mississippi State are gone, and A&M falls a bit because their Arizona State win looks less impressive. The SEC has sustained enough damage in the non-con portion that they almost certainly won't be able to flex their poll muscle they way they did last year.

-A home win over Penn State, and a road win over Cincinnati? Hell, maybe I'm being conservative only putting Temple at 21. It's a better resume than Baylor!

-I'm not going to punish Oregon harshly yet, but they will have to impress me soon or other teams that pick up valuable wins will pass them up. I'm betting the Ducks end up impressing me. Stupid Oregon.

-I'm pretty sure Clemson, G. Tech and Florida St. are good teams, but I would appreciate it if they could play somebody to confirm it. At least the Jackets have Notre Dame next week.


OK, I think Michigan State and Ohio State have the two most impressive wins of the season, even is MSU lucked into theirs.
From there I just went with 2 win teams EXCEPT for Oregon because really, that should have been a win.  But it’s a loss so they drop.  Auburn falls out because needing overtime to beat an FCS team is a loss in my book. There is some fluidity depending on schedule, but nothing too serious yet.
I’m sort of fascinated to see what happens with Illinois considering the train wreck that was… They haven’t played anyone, but they’ve beat the hell out of those no-ones.


Not a ton of change in my rankings this week. Auburn tumbled down to number 25 due to their incredible performance against Jacksonville State. Oregon dropped to number 17. Michigan State moved up to number 7. Boise State, Arkansas and Tennessee are dropped after losing. Oklahoma, LSU and California move into the top 25.


It's still early enough in the season that I'm not committed to the rankings in my ballot.  I'm only including undefeated teams, a strategy that's not particularly satisfying.  But we're early enough in the season that no ballot will be particularly satisfying.  Except Sam McKewon's ballot.  His is infallible.


OSU and Bama are close, but OSU had a better win this week, so they get the edge for the top spot. UCLA keeps moving up for me. I have seen nothing yet to disprove my suspicion that GA Tech is a top team. BYU, Temple, Northwestern, and Notre Dame moved in/moved up this week for me. Oklahoma replaced Tennessee, whom they beat in OT. Michigan State returned as promised after beating Oregon, but I'm not sure they're a top-5 team yet. Auburn, Arkansas, Boise State, Cincinnati, and Tennessee got the boot this week.

Ballot below:

CGB T25 W2