Making the College Football Top 10 Power Rankings Week 2 As it Should Be was a little more difficult than usual this week. It seemed the theme for Week 1 in college football was “eating cupcakes”. The majority of the teams from the preseason top 10 had non-competitive games. There were only a handful of good matchups. So, we weren’t able to gain a ton of information on the College Football Top 10. However, we did learn that the future is bright at Auburn with Bo Nix at quarterback. Oregon is a team that may be able to creep back into the conversation. Florida State has no chance of making the top 10 in 2019. The transfer portal has benefited college football. Jalen Hurts is must-see tv, and it would have been a crime for him to be stuck in Alabama behind Tua. Justin Fields and Jacob Eason would still be at UGA. Ohio State and Washington would not be nearly as good.
I could not be any more excited to see the matchups in week 2.
The Rules: No Bias, No Bull
There is no more unbiased ranking out there than Unafraid Show’s College Football Top 10 Rankings Week 2. I get criticized from time to time by people who only want to see the college football world through the lens of the AP Poll. These rankings are not going to look like the AP Poll. Open your eyes to see a different view of evaluating the top 10. Most polls including the College Football Playoff Committee give college blueblood teams a massive “benefit of the doubt.” I don’t believe in that. Teams are ranked by the correct criteria: quality wins, schedule played, and dominance. After the preseason rankings, only games played matter. No consideration is given for future games.
I re-rank the top 10 every Sunday from scratch. The previous week’s rankings do not factor into the next week. So, the rankings will change, sometimes drastically every week because we will have new information. So make sure to come back.
There are two Power 5 games in the books, but neither one affected my college football preseason top 10.
College Football Top 10 Rankings Week 2:
10. Washington Huskies (1-0)
Last Week: 47-14 (W) vs Eastern Washington
After one game Huskies fans are excited about the possibilities with Jacob Eason at QB. Chris Pedersen’s defense looks good despite losing their top four players to the NFL draft. They have a cupcake “SEC- like” non-conference schedule. So moving up the College Football Top 10 won’t be easy until conference play unless they show extreme dominance. The Pac-12 north will be a dog fight for the Huskies.
9. Michigan Wolverines (1-0)
Last Week: 40-21 (W) vs Middle Tenn State
Michigan just trampled MTSU. If there is something to be learned from this game it is that Jim Harbaugh seems to willing to open up the offense more. I’m praying that predictable running plays on most first downs will be a thing of the past. If Shea Patterson is allowed to push the ball downfield more often Michigan will actually have a shot to beat Ohio State.
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8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Last Week: 35-17 (W) at Louisville
Those who watched Notre Dame and Louisville past the 1st quarter got a good feel for how much fun their matchup with Georgia will be. The Fighting Irish defense is talented and disciplined. Ian Book looked about the same as he did last year. His best asset is his running ability, but he can make most of the throws and correct reads to make ND a top tier team.
7. Texas Longhorns (1-0)
Last Week: 45-14 (W) vs LA Tech
Another game in the long list of tune-up games for the top teams. Sam Ehlinger was polished and poised. The Longhorns look like the team I picked to crash the College Football Playoff. Tom Herman has done a wonderful job. The only things that stand in the way of Texas and the top 4 is Oklahoma and LSU. And LSU is the easier of those opponents.
6. Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)
Last Week: 30-6 (W) vs Vanderbilt
If you read the top 10 last week, you know I had Texas ranked ahead of Georgia. I still believe they are better. However, Texas played LA Tech while Georgia played a conference game (even though Vandy is not a notable opponent). Schedules and wins will always trump cakewalks. Jake Fromm did look really good but we will get a real feel for this team against Notre Dame.
5. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
Last Week: 45-21 (W) vs FAU
It was hard for me to gather an accurate assessment for the Buckeyes. Justin Fields had a field day in what looked like a glorified scrimmage. His receivers were often open by 10+ yards and he was never under duress or had to fit balls in small windows. However, they were extremely dominant and no one else played anybody either. So, they stay in the top 5 of the College Football Top 10 as it should be.
4. Auburn (1-0)
Last Week: 27-21 (W) vs Oregon
Competition and schedules matter. This ranking feels a little high. But at this point, Auburn has played the toughest schedule in the nation and they won. It wasn’t pretty at times but Oregon is a team I expect to finish highly ranked. The hype surrounding Auburn’s defensive line is warranted. Bo Nix is going to be a top tier quarterback. He’s a program changing player. Auburn will be a real threat for the SEC championship for the next three years.
3. Oklahoma Sooners (1-0)
Last Week: 49-31 (W) vs Houston
JALEN HURTS was phenomenal. He had great games at Alabama, but nothing like this. He threw for 3 TDs and rushed for another three in the same game. Lincoln Riley is an offensive juggernaut. It is scary what he can to with athletic big arm quarterbacks. The bad news is that Oklahoma’s defense doesn’t look any better than it did last season. It is still porous. The Sooners dominated the game but against a top tier offense, it will be a shootout.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
Last Week: 42-3 (W) vs Duke
Alabama just leaned on Duke until the dam broke. Once it broke it seemed like the Tua led offense could have scored 70. Maybe Saban didn’t want the game to get too far out of hand so people don’t keep about their embarrassing non-conference schedule. Truthfully they don’t deserve to be in the top 5 until they win some SEC games. However, they are so freaking dominant that you can’t keep them out. I feel bad for their fans that for the last two seasons. After this season they will have had to watch 8 games out of 24 games be non-competitive. I believe that is why Bama got their doors blown off by Clemson last year in the national championship. They were not battle-tested. Same problem this season, but can Nick Saban overcome that?
1. Clemson Tigers (1-0)
Last Week: 52-14 (W) vs Georgia Tech
Clemson is so good at pretty much every position. Trevor Lawrence had a terrible game and they still won by 38. He finished with 168 yards, 1 touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Dabo Swinney needs to get in Lawrence’s ear because he was pressing way too much. He will need to be better next week because Texas A&M comes to town and 205 yards from Travis Etienne alone may not be enough. It will be hard to find a scenario where an undefeated or 1-loss Clemson doesn’t make the College Football Playoff or is not atop the College Football Power Rankings.