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The Dirty Poll! Week Two edition

Not much change from the opening top 25 of the season – though two teams were bounced from the rankings, and both may have new head coaches in the near future. USC was embarrassed down in the Coliseum by the pirate Mike Leach & his Washington State Cougars. The thrilling, offensive slugfest, ended in a 10-7 Coug win – and I would be shocked if Lane Kiffin makes it to the end of the season as the head coach in LA.

Meanwhile, Oregon Duck fans everywhere should be thanking the BYU Cougars – after they dominated Mack Brown and Texas 40 – 21 Provo. BYU opened the season in Virginia (who Oregon beat this weekend) and lost 19 – 17, which results in a nice little boost of the old “strength of schedule” for Oregon. As for Texas… Yikes. Much like Lane Kiffin, not quite sure how Mack Brown still has a job.

One final housekeeping note – the new name of this prestigious poll is “The Dirty Poll” as voted on by the mighty Buffalo Wild Wings GameNight listeners. Now, here are your College Football Power Rankings following week two of the saeson --> 

Rk Team Record LW AP Analysis
1 Alabama 1-0 (0-0) 1 1 It was an off week for Nick Saban and Alabama – now time for what I’m sure will be referred to as “The Game of the Century” at least a dozen times during the Musberger/ Herbstreit broadcast – Bama versus Texas A+M. We’ve all had this game circled on the calendar since the off-season, and it should be can’t miss TV. That being said – you give Saban a week off to prepare for Manziel? I could care less how shaky Alabama looked against Virginia Tech; I would be shocked if the Crimson Tide didn’t cover the 7.5 point spread.
2 Clemson 2-0 (0-0) 2 3 Clemson had a cup-cake this weekend facing South Carolina State – and deservingly so after opening with Georgia (which already looks like a better win). Tahj Boyd and Co. only had to play the first half in the 52-13 romping. Next up – they Tigers have this Saturday off – before heading to NC State next Thursday to open their ACC schedule.
3 Oregon 2-0 (0-0) 3 2 Another impressive win for the Ducks, who didn’t play up to their standards (11 penalties, drops, lack of execution) yet still came away with a 59-10 rout at Virginia. Oregon should have a tougher test this weekend – with Tennessee coming to Autzen Stadium. I still have one major concern about this team – and it’s their inability to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. If they can’t push around D-lineman from Virginia, it will be tough to do so against an SEC opponent, or Stanford. Should learn a lot more about the Ducks this Saturday.
4 Ohio State 2-0 (1-0) 4 4 Ohio State rolled a terrible San Diego State team in the horseshoe. But Buckeye fans everywhere are shaking in their boots – Heisman hopeful QB Braxton Miller left the game after injuring his knee in the first quarter. No word on his availability for this weekend, when they travel to Berkley to take on Cal. The Bears kept this game close last year in Columbus – and their chances at an upset just got slightly better if Miller isn’t 100%.
5 Florida State 1-0 (1-0) 6 10 It was a bye week for Jameis Winston and the Seminoles, who moved up a slot in the poll by default. Florida State welcomes Nevada to Tallahassee this weekend, a team that UCLA blew out in LA to open the season. Should be an easy win – and another chance for Winston to build on his Heisman campaign.
6 LSU 2-0 (0-0) 8 8 LSU steamrolled UAB this weekend, by a final score of 56-17. Two more cupcakes on the schedule for Les Miles before the SEC slate heats up – they face Kent State this weekend in Baton Rouge, before (another) home test against Auburn the following weekend.
7 Stanford 1-0 (0-0) 7 5 Tickle me disappointed in the Cardinal – I wasn’t a believer coming into the season, and their 34-13 win over San Jose State did nothing to convince me they’re a national title contender. It was a 17-6 game at the half, but the Spartans had two chances inside the 10-yard line they weren’t able to convert into touchdowns. Stanford has one more tune up – at Army this weekend – before their first true test against Arizona State, September 21st.
8 Louisville 2-0 (0-0) 9 7 Another cupcake, and another blowout for Louisville this weekend. The Cardinal rolled Eastern Kentucky 44-7, which provided another chance for Teddy Bridgewater to pad his stats – 397 yards and 4 TD’s. If Louisville wants a shot at the title game, they need to continue their dominance against an actual FBS team this weekend in Kentucky.
9 Texas A+M 2-0 (0-0) 10 6 It’s finally time for the rematch – Texas A+M was the only team to defeat last year’s National Champion Alabama – and they get the Crimson Tide Saturday in College Station. I’m a firm believer in motivation (which should be on the Bama sideline this weekend) but also in preparation. Nick Saban had the week off to game plan how to stop Johnny Manziel, and as I mentioned earlier – I would be shocked if the Crimson Tide don’t cover the 7.5 point spread.
10 Oklahoma St. 2-0 (0-0) 11 12 Oklahoma State is a team that appears to be flying under the radar – and should be considered the early front runner in the Big 12. Another walloping this weekend for the Cowboys, they rolled UTSA 56-35 (their benchwarmers gave up 28 points in the 4th quarter). Next up is Lamar… Wait, who?
11 Georgia 1-1 (1-0) 16 9 What a difference a seven days can make. After opening with a loss on the road to Clemson – it was “Fire Mike Richt” week in Athens. Which lasted until the Bulldogs knocked off a top-10 ranked South Carolina team – now all is right, and Georgia has cleared one of the biggest hurdles on their SEC schedule. The Bulldogs finally get a breather this weekend, in North Texas, before LSU comes to town.
12 Michigan 2-0 (0-0) 13 11 Feeling pretty damn good about my Michigan sleeper call, after the Wolverines put an end to Notre Dames regular season winning streak in Ann Arbor Saturday night. Devin Gardner tossed 4 TD’s, and they beat a top-25 opponent by two scores. Meanwhile, Brady Hoake remained undefeated in his career at the Big House (where they play Ohio State later this season). It’s all downhill from here for the Maize and Blue, their next three opponents: Akron, Connecticut and Minnesota – or better known as, a 5-0 start to the season.
13 South Carolina 1-1 (0-1) 5 13 Oh the perils of playing in the SEC… South Carolina goes on the road in week two to face a tough Georgia team, and it now appears all hopes of contending for a title have gone out the window. Crazier things have happened, but the Gamecocks can’t afford another loss. The good news, they have Vanderbilt this weekend, followed by UCF and Kentucky. Barring an upset – South Carolina should end up back in the top 10.
14 Miami (FL) 2-0 (0-0) 20 15 Miami made me look like a smart man, going two for two on my sleeper picks this weekend, with a HUGE win over Florida. They may have been dominated statistically, but all that matters is the scoreboard at the end of the game. More importantly for Miami – they cleared one of the two hurdles that loomed on their schedule. Realistically, this team could be 7-0 heading into their game at Florida State November 2nd. They’ll go for win #3 this weekend against Savannah State.
15 Washington 1-0 (0-0) 14 19 It was an off weekend for the Huskies, which caused them to drop a spot in the poll. If Washington wants to continue to be taken seriously (as a top 15 team) they need another convincing win this weekend when they travel to take on Illinois.
16 UCLA 1-0 (0-0) 17 16 Another ranked Pac-12 team, another bye week. The Bruins had all week to game plan and prepare, which should come in handy when they travel to take on 18th ranked Nebraska this weekend. It’s one of the toughest places to play in the country – and provides two key opportunities. First up – Brett Hundley finally gets a shot to display his talents in front of a national television audience. Also – a win for the Bruins would go a long way in helping the perception of the Pac-12 as a whole.
17 Oklahoma 2-0 (1-0) 19 14 Oklahoma improved to 2-0, and 1-0 in the Big 12 with a win over West Virginia in Norman this weekend. It was a rare defensive slugfest for a conference (and two teams) known for their offense – with a final score of 16-7. The Sooners have Tulsa this weekend, before back-to-back ranked opponents in Notre Dame and TCU.
18 Nebraska 2-0 (0-0) 21 23 Nebraska needed a big win, after barely edging out Wyoming to open the season – and they got it, in the form of a 56-13 win over Southern Mississippi. Now, their first real test of the season. The Huskers were shocked last season in LA, but an upstart UCLA team. Safe to say, they won’t be overlooking the Bruins when they invade a sea of red this weekend.
19 Northwestern 2-0 (0-0) 22 17 How bout’ those Northwestern Wildcats! They rolled Syracuse 48-27 this weekend in their home opener, after struggling with Cal to start the season. Western Michigan and Maine loom on the schedule, before their home date with Ohio State on October 5th.
20 Florida 1-1 (0-0) 12 18 My question last week: was Florida the real deal last year? Because they sure didn’t look like it in a 24-6 opening win over Toledo. The Gators took another step in making me think “pretender” when they fell to Miami this weekend – despite outgaining the Hurricanes 413-212 in total yards. Why’d they lose? Well, tough to beat anybody when you turn the ball over 5 times. Florida has a week off to sort things out, before Tennessee comes to the Swamp September 21st.
21 Baylor 2-0 (0-0) 23 22 The Heisman candidacy of Lache Seastrunk took another step in the right direction, as the former Oregon running back carried the ball 17 times for 150 yards and 3 scores in THE FIRST HALF of Baylor’s 70-13 win over Buffalo (a team Ohio State only beat 40-21). Seastrunk should top 150 yards again this weekend, when the Bears take on UL Monroe.
22 Wisconsin 2-0 (0-0) 24 20 They may play the most boring brand of football in the country, but the Badgers improved to 2-0 under new head coach Gary Anderson after their 48-0 win over Tennessee Tech Saturday. This weekend they play one of the most intriguing games on the slate: in Tempe against Arizona State.
23 Ole Miss 2-0 (1-0) NA 25 So far, the Rebels have played like a team who had a top-5 recruiting class this offseason (which they did) and in result have debuted in the Dirty Poll at the #23 spot. After opening with an SEC win over Vanderbilt on the road, Ole Miss knocked off mighty SE Missouri State 31-13 this weekend. The Rebels offense should be licking their chops; after watching Texas’ defense get shredded by BYU Saturday. That being said, a trip to Austin is never an easy one (and Texas has a new D-coordinator!)… Especially with Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, looming next weekend. Basically what I’m trying to say – Ole Miss’ run in the top 25 could be short lived.
24 Arizona State 1-0 (0-0) NA NA Pretty erroneous to put Arizona State in the top 25 after a romping of Sacramento State this past Thursday, I know. I did so thinking forward, as the Sun Devils welcome Wisconsin to the desert this weekend (a game I expect them to dominate). A win, and they’re for real. A loss, and, well, there’s things to work on for Todd Graham.
25 Notre Dame 1-1 18 21 Notre Dame lost a regular season game for the first time in two years this Saturday night in the Big House, 41-30. One of college football’s toughest schedules doesn’t get any easier, their next four games: a road trip to Purdue, followed by home dates against Michigan State, Oklahoma and Arizona State.

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