We’re two weeks into the 2018 season and the best teams in the nation are flexing their muscles. Clemson went into College Station and pulled out a tough road victory over the Aggies while Georgia avoided an early season upset by emphatically beating South Carolina in Columbia. Meanwhile Alabama, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Oklahoma continue to win in convincing fashion.
After two weeks, the teams in the coveted top four are the same cast of characters but Georgia’s statement win over South Carolina led to the Bulldogs claiming the No. 2 spot with the Tigers now at No. 3. For a third consecutive poll, three different teams received multiple first-place votes from our staff.
This week’s biggest riser within the top 25 is Penn State (+6) who avenged it’s tight win over Appalachian State with a dominant victory over Pitt to restore faith in the Lions. Michigan also rose five spots, atoning for its Week 1 defeat to Notre Dame with a 49-3 rout over Western Michigan. The biggest faller within the Top 25 is Michigan State who slips 14 spots after collapsing late on the road at Arizona State.
Falling completely out of our poll this week is South Carolina and Southern Cal after suffering defeats to Georgia and Stanford respectively. Through two weeks our poll does feature four one-loss teams and it would come as no surprise to see one or both of them back in the poll at some point this season, especially considering the “quality” losses.
Ole Miss and Boston College debut this week for the first time on our poll but the Rebels have a date with Alabama on Saturday so that could be short-lived. BC travels to Wake Forest for a Thursday night showdown.
As a reminder, our polls is the consensus of all members of the TDN staff’s individual rankings averaged out to build a composite poll.
Our top 25 after Week 2:
Others receiving votes: Arizona State, Southern Cal, Texas A&M, Texas, Missouri, South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Houston, Iowa.