CFN 2013 Rankings
Sept. 8, Week 2
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2013 Week 2 Rankings, No. 26-125
1. Alabama 1-0
Last Week: Idle
Why No. 1?: The defense is championship-caliber … again. The Tide put Virginia Tech in a vice grip in the opener, 212 total yards, 77 of which came on one run. Kirby Smart’s unit is going to get better as the new starters get more reps.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense, on the other hand, is a big concern, especially with high-scoring Texas A&M next up on the schedule. Bama struggled at the point of attack versus the Hokies’ front, a potentially troubling harbinger of things to come.
2. Florida State 1-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The ‘Noles set the tone for what could be a special season with their 41-13 rout of Pitt on Labor Day. The program has already bagged an easy conference win on the road, and redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston looks every bit as good as advertised.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The book is still out on Florida State, which lost key starters everywhere, including on special teams. Not until October will it be determined if this is truly a top 5 squad, with a national championship ceiling.
3. Oregon 2-0
Last Week: W, Virginia, 59-10
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cavaliers’ defense is actually pretty salty, but who’d have known it against the Oregon offense? The Ducks shredded Virginia for eight touchdowns and 557 yards of offense. That’s the same UVa team that beat Texas-busting BYU just a week earlier.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Nicholls State and Virginia aren’t exactly the measuring stick for a Pac-12 power. Everyone will learn a little more about the Chip Kelly-less Ducks with upcoming games against Tennessee and Cal.
4. LSU 2-0
Last Week: W, UAB, 56-17
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers continue to show life on offense, the one area of the team that’s vexed the program in recent seasons. Okay, it was UAB, but QB Zach Mettenberger continued his reclamation by throwing five touchdown passes and no picks.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The rebuilt D still has a lot to prove once the level of competition improves. The Tigers have notched just four sacks in two games, and have struggled making stops on third downs.
5. Clemson 2-0
Last Week: W, South Carolina State, 52-13
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers got a well-earned Week 2 breather following their statement win over Georgia, which looks even better now that the Dawgs have beaten South Carolina. Chad Morris' offense is among the most prolific in America, while the D continues to take baby steps.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Brent Venables' defense is headed in the right direction, but it remains vulnerable against quality opponents. The secondary is a question mark, which is a worry that might crop as the season unfolds.
6. Georgia 1-1
Last Week: W, South Carolina, 41-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: All of Georgia’s goals, from an SEC title to a national title, remain in front of it now that the Gamecocks are in the win column. With QB Aaron Murray and RB Todd Gurley in the same backfield, the Dawgs are capable of scoring on anyone this season.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Two games in, the defense is every bit the concern that the staff worried it would be. Sure, no one had a tougher early schedule, but Georgia’s 98th-ranked defense could open the door for middling opponents to challenge over the next two months.
7. South Carolina 1-1
Last Week: L, Georgia, 41-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Gamecocks lost to one of the country’s best teams … in their building. No shame in falling between the hedges on Saturday. South Carolina remains close to a complete team, especially now that Mike Davis has been running like a freight train.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The vaunted D disappointed on Saturday. No, Georgia is no easy draw, but the pass defense disappeared, and the Jadeveon Clowney-led pass rush failed to have a major impact on the outcome.
8. Texas A&M 2-0
Last Week: W, Sam Houston State, 65-28
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Aggies have already scored 117 points in two games, a number that would have been higher had the coaches desired. Besides the obvious production of QB Johnny Manziel, A&M is getting a lot of help on the ground from Ben Malena and Tra Carson.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: A&M has not looked good on defense so far, no surprise considering the offseason changes. The Aggies are 115th nationally against the run, despite facing Rice and Sam Houston State, an ominous stat with Alabama set to descend upon College Station.
9. Ohio State 2-0
Last Week: W, San Diego State, 42-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Buckeyes improved in Week 2, despite the MCL sprain to QB Braxton Miller, easily disposing of San Diego State. The defense was air-tight, while Kenny Guiton proved that the Buckeyes can win with more than just Miller under center.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Buffalo and San Diego State are two of the worst FBS teams this season, so Ohio State has hardly been tested. The Aztecs lost their opener to Eastern Illinois by three touchdowns, while the Bulls were thrashed by Baylor, 70-13, on Saturday.
10. Stanford 1-0
Last Week: W, San Jose State, 34-13
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinal kicked off its season in typical fashion, beating a pretty good San Jose State squad with defense and a power running game. Stanford was never threatened by the Spartans, pulling away for good in the third quarter.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: A lack of a proven passing game didn’t haunt the Cardinal on Saturday, but it could once Pac-12 play begins. QB Kevin Hogan is still a more accomplished runner than thrower, and his receivers remain unproven and inconsistent.
11. Michigan 2-0
Last Week: W, Notre Dame, 41-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Wolverines’ offense has looked fantastic so far, scoring 100 points in two games. The unit, led by QB Devin Gardner, confused a very good Notre Dame defense on Saturday night, something no opponent has done to the Irish in a very long time.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: There’s work still to be done on Greg Mattison’s defense. Michigan yielded too many yards through the air to Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees, which could become an issue once Big Ten play begins.
12. Wisconsin 2-0
Last Week: W, Tennessee Tech, 48-0
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Defense and the ground game has the Badgers 2-0 in the Gary Andersen era. For the second consecutive week, Wisconsin produced three 100-yard rushers, while pitching a shutout.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Worries about the Badgers' passing game and pass defense won't be put to rest in visits from Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech. If Wisconsin is truly an underrated program, it'll go out and prove it on this week's visit to Arizona State.
13. UCLA 1-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Nevada is always a tricky opponent for Pac-12 schools. UCLA crushed the Wolf Pack, 58-20, in the opener, dispatching a clear signal that it’s ready to surge forward in Jim Mora’s second season in Westwood.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Great win two weeks ago, but it failed to clear up the Bruins’ two biggest concerns, a rebuilt secondary and a line that yields too many sacks. Next week’s trip to Nebraska will provide more answers about UCLA’s 2013 ceiling.
14. Oklahoma 2-0
Last Week: W, West Virginia, 16-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Mike Stoops’ defense has played extremely well through the first two games, allowing just one touchdown in eight quarters. In a Big 12 littered with good offenses, the Sooners’ D could become a difference-maker in the race for a title.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense is a major work-in-progress, as evidenced against an average West Virginia defense in Week 2. Oklahoma is sloppy, inefficient through the air and one-dimensional unless one of the quarterbacks, Trevor Knight or Blake Bell, can turn things around.
15. Notre Dame 1-1
Last Week: L, Michigan, 41-30
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Irish ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday night, a very good Michigan team in the Big House. This team has a talented defense and a veteran quarterback, Tommy Rees, who has played a lot of football in South Bend.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: What happened to the vaunted D over the weekend? If Bob Diaco’s unit has slipped from a season ago, Notre Dame won’t have the offensive firepower to pick up the slack, especially against a wicked schedule.
16. Miami 2-0
Last Week: W, Florida 21-16
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hurricanes landed their first true breakout win for Al Golden, beating a ranked SEC rival to open 2-0. The defense was feisty and opportunistic, proving that QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson don’t have to be great for Miami to survive.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Sure, the ‘Canes won, but they got dominated at times by the Gators, getting outgained 413-212. Miami was somewhat fortunate that QB Jeff Driskel and the rest of the Florida offense are so bad, or else the outcome would have been very different.
17. Florida 1-1
Last Week: L, Miami, 21-16
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Even in a losing cause, the Gators' D proved to be championship-caliber, limiting the 'Canes to 212 total yards and 1-of-11 on third downs. This unit made QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson appear pedestrian, which is an achievement.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense is so repulsive that Florida is going to be vulnerable in every game that it plays this season. So ineffective were the Gators on Saturday afternoon that they produced just nine points in six red-zone trips against a mediocre Miami defense.
18. Washington 2-0
Last Week: Idle
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Huskies delivered one of the most dominant performances of the first two weekends, schooling Boise State, 38-6. U-Dub was crisp on both sides of the ball, outgaining the Broncos, 592-346, without the services of playmaking TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The true measure of the Week 1 demolition will depend on where Boise State goes from here. If this happens to be an off year for Chris Petersen and the boys, it’ll wind up muting Washington’s statement win from two weeks ago.
19. Ole Miss 2-0
Last Week: W, Southeast Missouri State, 31-13
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Having notched their quality win over Vanderbilt in the opener, the Rebels coasted to an easy victory over an FCS opponent. As young as this team is, it figures to mature and improve with each passing game.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The defense will need time to gel this fall. The unit, which is going to miss injured LB Denzel Nkemdiche, is liable to get exposed during the upcoming five-game gauntlet of Texas, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and LSU.
20. Oklahoma State 2-0
Last Week: W, UTSA, 56-35
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: After a one-week hiatus, the Cowboys got their offense back on track behind the stellar quarterbacking of J.W. Walsh. The newly-minted starter in Stillwater was a pristine 24-of-27 for 326 yards and four touchdown passes to go along with a scoring run.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Yeah, a lot of the Roadrunners' production came in the final quarter, but the Oklahoma State D, which looked so good in the opener, regressed in the Alamodome. The Cowboys also labored on the ground, norming just 2.7 yards per carry.
21. Louisville 2-0
Last Week: W, Eastern Kentucky, 44-7
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Cardinals have yet to be tested through the first two weeks, crushing Ohio and Eastern Kentucky by a combined score of 93-7. The team's depth and confidence is on the uptick, heading into this week's trip to Lexington.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It'll get said over and over again this fall, but bears repeating. It's going to be difficult to accurately gauge the potential of Louisville as long as it's playing the weakest schedule among ranked programs.
22. Baylor 2-0
Last Week: W, Buffalo, 70-13
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The offense is scary-good … again. The attack has already produced 139 points over the first two games, spearheaded by the accurate darts of QB Bryce Petty and the running of Lache Seastrunk.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: It’s hard to discern must about a team that’s only faced Wofford and Buffalo. Can the Bears maintain their ranking once their defense starts facing better opponents? Check back in October.
23. Missouri 2-0
Last Week: W, Toledo, 38-23
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Tigers have jumped out to a 2-0, providing the confidence boost that this program sorely needed. The defense has been opportunistic, while QB James Franklin has taken steps to put last season’s disaster behind him.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: Mizzou had more trouble with Toledo than a ranked team should, getting outgained by the Rockets in Columbia. The Tigers don’t do any one thing especially great, which will come to light once SEC play begins.
24. Northwestern 2-0
Last Week: W, Syracuse, 48-27
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: Only one program has opened the season with consecutive wins over AQ conference opponents. Yup, it’s the Wildcats who hammered the Orange for 581 yards in Saturday night’s textbook win.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The Wildcats are going to need the play of their offense to offset a vulnerable D. Northwestern ranks 114th in the country, and it’s had an especially rough time making stops on third down.
25. Virginia Tech 1-1
Last Week: W, Western Carolina, 45-3
Why The Ranking Should Be Higher: The Hokies got back on track with a visit from an overmatched FCS opponent. Bud Foster's defense is nasty this year, as Alabama could attest in the opener in Atlanta a week ago.
Why The Ranking Should Be Lower: The offense is a mess. It's one thing to be a little erratic against the Tide, but Virginia Tech had some issues with Western Carolina this past weekend as well. The Logan Thomas-led passing game, in particular, is an issue that's going to haunt the Hokies throughout the fall.
2013 Week 2 Rankings, No. 26-125