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CFB Top 25, Week 2: Houston Has Liftoff

[lead align=”default”]Finally, we can do a CFB Top 25 poll based on actual results, not what we theoretically expect the teams to be.[/lead]

Some of it is irksome, as there will be ranked 0-1 teams. There are not many, but they exist, and they are on notice: if 0-1 becomes 0-2, the real voters won’t hesitate to drop them completely.

Otherwise, the misfortune of some schools is the gain of others. Houston was not the only team to profit from beating Oklahoma, as many others move up to fill the void they vacated. By the way, the Sooners are one of those ranked 0-1 schools that needs to right the ship, and likely will against the ULM Warhawks.

Notably, Houston was not the only team to seal a big win and shoot up the rankings. Which other schools also struck gold in Week 1?

CFB Top 25: Week 2, 2016

[alert heading=”1. Alabama Crimson Tide (–)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]This is one scary-ass football team. Good luck beating the Tide this season.[/alert]

[alert heading=”2. Clemson Tigers (–)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The runners-up from last season would like another crack at Alabama, but there is a long way to go.[/alert]

[alert heading=”3. Stanford Cardinal (+1)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]Beating K-State doesn’t count for as much as it used to, yet the Cardinal are a capable team.[/alert]

[alert heading=”4. Florida State Seminoles (+2)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]Oh, you shut the game off at halftime? You might want to check the sports page in the paper. It seems FSU is headed for 2-0 with a layup game next week.[/alert]

[alert heading=”5. Ohio State Buckeyes (–)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Beating Bowling Green doesn’t count for anything at all, so Ohio State went for the orbital bombardment approach to try to make it look impressive.[/alert]

[alert heading=”6. Michigan Wolverines (+1)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]One gets the sense this team has unfinished business after going *only* 9-3 last season.[/alert]

[alert heading=”7. Houston Cougars (+8)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]It will be fascinating to see how far this team goes. Meanwhile, they’re probably thinking in Houston “hey, Big 12, can you hear us NOW!?”[/alert]

[alert heading=”8. Michigan State Spartans (+1)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]Sparty was not great on Saturday, but good enough, and better than a handful of other teams that struggled in their “easy” game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”9. Georgia Bulldogs (+7)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]Well hello, Nick Chubb! The Bulldogs registered a strong effort against UNC to start the Kirby Smart era right.[/alert]

[alert heading=”10. TCU Horned Frogs (+2)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]Sure looked for a bit like the Horned Frogs could get picked off at home, but they were one of the lucky teams.[/alert]

[alert heading=”11. Oklahoma Sooners (-8)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]Losing to Houston was not a knockout blow for the Sooners as a possible playoff team. A second loss might be.[/alert]

[alert heading=”12. Texas Longhorns (NR)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]From unranked to the top twelve is a pretty nice move. The Horns look formidable this season; maybe they’ll contend in the Big 12?[/alert]

[alert heading=”13. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]The Irish were almost good enough in Texas and should not be punished a lot for their loss, but 0-1 is 0-1.[/alert]

[alert heading=”14. Iowa Hawkeyes (–)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]So far so good in Iowa City, and a lot better than their main in-state rivals started the season. The Hawkeyes stand pat in the CFB Top 25.[/alert]

[alert heading=”15. Mississippi Rebels. (-2)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]Boy, when things go wrong, they go wrong, and Ole Miss knows all about it.[/alert]

[alert heading=”16. Wisconsin Badgers (+9)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]Bucky’s making big moves, and deservedly so.[/alert]

[alert heading=”17. LSU Tigers (-8)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]Outside of a second half spurt, the Tigers looked ordinary in the face of Wisconsin’s defense.[/alert]

[alert heading=”18. Tennessee Volunteers (-7)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]It was a less than stellar showing, so even in victory, the Vols did not resemble a top ten team. Mid to high teens is a better ranking for them.[/alert]

[alert heading=”19. Oklahoma State Cowboys (-2)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]The Pokes are not moving down for any particular reason; some teams previously beneath them played (and won) bigger games. Okie State played a nobody, but they will have their chances.[/alert]

[alert heading=”20. Oregon Ducks (-1)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]It took the Ducks a little time to warm up, but all was made right in Eugene.[/alert]

[alert heading=”21. Washington Huskies (–)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]At least one of Washington’s Pac-12 teams got the job done, and it wasn’t Wazzu.[/alert]

[alert heading=”22. Louisville Cardinals (NR)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]This is a team that could rocket up in the ACC and these rankings.[/alert]

[alert heading=”23. Baylor Bears (-1)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]From Art Briles to Jim Grobe, Baylor does not look like it’s skipped a beat.[/alert]

[alert heading=”24. Texas A&M Aggies (NR)” type=”alert-success” block=”false” close=”false”]As Kevin Sumlin would say, yes sir![/alert]

[alert heading=”25. North Carolina Tar Heels (-7)” type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]The Heels will be fine in their wide-open ACC Coastal, but they missed a prime opportunity for a statement win.[/alert]

[alert heading=”DROPPED FROM CFB TOP 25″ type=”alert-error” block=”false” close=”false”]USC (20), UCLA (23), Florida (24)[/alert]

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