AP Poll: Michigan, Miami rising; Texas, USC falling after eventful Week 2
The latest version of the AP Poll was released on Sunday morning, and there was very little movement at the top. Alabama held at No. 1 with 57 first-place votes, Oregon stayed at No. 2 after whipping Virginia 59-10 and Clemson and Ohio State flipped spots after the Tigers routed South Carolina State 52-13.
The most notable fallers were Texas and USC, which both fell out of the poll entirely after disappointing defeats. The previously No. 15 Longhorns gave up an astonishing 550 rushing yards in a 40-21 loss to BYU, while the formerly No. 25 Trojans tallied a meager 54 passing yards in a 10-7 loss to Washington State.
The entire AP Poll is below (first-place votes inside parentheses):
1) Alabama (57)
2) Oregon (1)
3) Clemson (1)
4) Ohio State (1)
6) Texas A&M
10) Florida State
12) Oklahoma State
13) South Carolina
21) Notre Dame
25) Ole Miss
Three quick notes:
• Miami, which vaulted from unranked last week to No. 15 this week following its 21-16 upset of Florida, has a spot in the AP Poll for the first time since 2010. The 'Canes have a seemingly manageable slate over the next few weeks -- they have a bye before playing Savannah State and South Florida -- and could be poised to make a push for the top 10.
• Washington, which didn't play this week after taking down Boise State in Week 1, moved up one spot to No. 19. This is the first time in 10 years the Huskies have been ranked in the AP Poll in consecutive weeks.
• Baylor, which climbed one spot to No. 22, could be on the verge of ascending significantly higher. The Bears have outscored their first two opponents 139-16 and don't play a ranked foe until No. 14 Oklahoma on Nov. 7. Which teams are ranked too high? Too low? Let us know in the comments.