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College Football Top 25: Best Conferences After Week 2



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Week 2 for college football provided great games across the board and showed which conferences have teams rising up the rankings and which teams are seeing teams decline. With the AP Poll coming out on Sunday, we can now see how the conferences stack up against the rest.

No. 5 USC-Up One spot
No. 8 Washington
No. 12 Utah
No. 13 Oregon
No. 16 Oregon State
No. 18 Colorado-Up One spot
No. 23 Washington State-Moved In
No. 24 UCLA-Moved In

The Pac-12 might be in its last season ever, but the teams are playing the best football they have, maybe ever. They have the most teams of any conference in the top 25, with eight programs ranked, the most in conference history as well.

Most of the teams in the conference stayed around the same place. Colorado under new head coach Deion Sanders has won its first two games, upsetting then No. 17 TCU 45-42 on the road in Week 1 and then demolishing rival Nebraska at home last Saturday, 36-14.

Washington State also upset No. 19 Wisconsin at home and UCLA has easily beaten both Coastal Carolina and San Diego State, allowing both teams to move into the top 25.

No. 2 SEC
No. 1. Georgia
No. 10 Alabama Down 7
No. 11 Tennessee Down 2
No. 17 Ole Miss Up 3
Texas A&M-Fell Out

The SEC didn’t have a great week 2, with Alabama dropping seven places after losing to Texas, 34-24 in Tuscaloosa. This is their first ever game at home that they’ve lost by double-digits under Nick Saban in his 17 years at the helm.

Ole Miss was the highlight for the conference, going into previously No. 24 Tulane and winning 37-20 in New Orleans, La.

Texas A&M had no answer for the Miami offense on the road, losing 48-33 and dropping out of the polls.

No. 3 Big Ten
No. 2 Michigan
No. 6 Ohio State Down 1
No. 7 Penn State
No. 25 Iowa Back In
Wisconsin-Fell Out

The Big Ten didn’t that eventful of a Week 2, with the top teams easily securing victories.

Iowa defeated rival Iowa State on their home turf to improve to 2-0 on the season and move into the last spot in the top 25, while Wisconsin’s loss to Washington State knocks them out of the poll.

No. 4 ACC
No. 3 Florida State Up 1
No. 20 North Carolina Down 3
No. 21 Duke Same
No. 22 Miami Got In

Miami have shown they might be a solid team this year with their 48-33 thrashing of Texas A&M at home in Week 2, putting them back into the top 25 for the first time since September 2022.

UNC had to survive Appalachian State in double overtime at home, 40-34 and dropped down three spots.

No. 5 Big 12
No. 4 Texas-Up 7
No. 15 Kansas State
No. 19 Oklahoma-Down 1

The win for Texas at Alabama might have some of their fans believing that that they are truly back. It’s hard to tell them that they’re in over their head, as a dominant performance at Alabama would have any fan base dreaming of a college football National Championship.

Kansas State and Oklahoma are both undefeated and remain to the lower half of the poll.

No. 10 Notre Dame-Moved Up One 

Notre Dame had a dominant performance in a rain filled day against NC State on the road in Raleigh. Quarterback Sam Hartman continues to impress, throwing for 286 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-24 win.

Tulane-Fell Out

With Tulane falling out of the Top 25, there is no Group of 5 (American, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) ranked college football team.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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