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NCAA POWER-25 WEEK 2 2015

RANK TEAM COMMENTS
#1 Computer Hope The best win of the year so far is Michigan St.’s win over the Ducks in East Lansing this past Saturday night. It wasn’t a dominant win by the scoreboard as Sparty won by three, 31-28, but the game looked a lot more like a Michigan State romp when you watched. Madre London & LJ Scott look like a dynamic 1-2 punch & Aaron Burbridge looks like he might be taking over the role Tony Lippett had last season. LB Riley Bullough had a monster game with 14 sacks & the Spartan defense was able to get to Oregon QB Vernon Adams for 4 sacks. Michigan St. was beaten twice last year. Once by Oregon. Once by Ohio State. Part 1 of the Revenge Tour is over. Now it’s perfection until Columbus.
#2 Computer Hope Business as usual in a 38-0 home opening win over Hawaii. It would be an overreaction to say that Ohio St. might have some issues considering the Buckeyes just pitched a shutout & Ezekiel Elliott went over 100 yards again, but the Ohio St. offense wasn’t humming. The passing attack wasn’t fantastic and Ohio St. only averaged 4.1ypc. Maybe Hawaii is better than we think (they did beat Colorado in Week 1), but Ohio St. averaged 9.7ypc against Virginia Tech’s defense on the road. They go 5.6ypc fewer in the Horseshoe against an inferior defense? Ohio St. also needs a receiver to step up & be the big threat they had last year with Devin Smith. The good news is LB Darron Lee looked like an All-American.
#3 Computer Hope This might be a little bit aggressive but I think Tennessee is THAT GOOD and going into Knoxville and getting a road win in OT is a huge statement for the Sooners. Defensively, Oklahoma put on a clinic as they comletely shut down Josh Dobbs & Alvin Kamara. Jalen Hurd managed 104 rushing yards but he did it over 24 carries (4.4ypc) & OU has to be happy about that. The issue might be the offense. QB Baker Mayfield looked so bad Sooner fans were hoping Bob Stoops would be Trevor Knight in the game. Give Mayfield some credit. Oklahoma was down 17-3 going into the 4th quarter & he rallied them to a victory while tossing 3TDs! Let’s hope he can build on this game.
#4 Computer Hope Nothing to see here but another methodical demolition of an inferior opponent. This time the Tide hammered MTSU 38-10 in a game that could have been a lot worse. Derrick Henry rushed for 96yds/3TD while the Tide put up 500 total yards & 220yds rushing. MTSU was held to 86 yards rushing and Alabama forced 4 turnovers. It was a little sloppy for the Tide as both Jake Coker & Cooper Bateman threw picks. LB Reggie Ragland had 9 tackles which gives him 21 on the year. At this rate he is on pace for close to 150! One thing that I can’t quite figure out with the Tide is their pass rush. They didn’t record a single sack against MTSU & only 3 against Wisconsin. They are on pace for 21.
#5 Computer Hope The Aggies put on an offensive clinic in beating Ball St. 56-23! QB Kyle Allen was almost perfect going 10 of 13 for 126yds & 3TD. True frosh Kyler Murray was 9 of 14 for 65yds & a TD. Tra Carson, Bruce Dolezal & Kawme Etwi combined to rush for 258yds & 2TD on 39 carries (6.6ypc!)! Texas A&M was up 49-3 at halftime! Oddly enough the defense only got one sack on Ball St. although it doesn’t look like Myles Garrett or Daeshon Hall got much run time. The Aggies blew the barn doors off this one rather quick so HC Kevin Sumlin took the opportunity to set most of his starters for the entire second half. The Aggies get Nevada before starting their SEC schedule.
#6 Computer Hope Last week Taysum Hill gets hurt & Tanner Mangum comes in and throws a Hail Mary pass in Lincolin that Mitch Matthews comes down with to give BYU a huge upset win over Nebraska. This week the Cougars welcomed in Boise State to Provo only to get another heroic performance out of Mangum. The BYU wasn’t perfect but going into the 4th quarter, his team was down 24-14 and the magic started to happen all over again as the Cougars scored 21 straight points. Mangum ran for a TD before throwing a 35-yard TD pass to Mitchell Jeurgens. To cap the game, BYU got a pick-6 by Kai Nacua to put the game on ice. The ranking is high but wins over Nebraska & Boise St. to start the season is impressive.
#7 Computer Hope After getting a scare in Minneapolis, the Horned Frogs got back to business tearing up Stephen F. Austin 70-7! Granted the competition wasn’t exactly stellar but TCU was up 35-0 at half and 56-0 after 3 quarters. TCU used 11 different runners, 3 different QBs & 11 different receivers in this disaster. Lost in the 70-7 win was true freshman LB Mike Freeze leaving the team on a personal leave of absence with no timetable set for his return. Freeze was one of the most exciting players I saw play in Week 1 when he made 7 tackles for TCU against Minnesota & looked like he was going to do a great job filling in for Paul Dawson. I hope he’s doing well & is suiting up soon for the Horned Frogs.
#8 Computer Hope Nobody has Northwestern this high but the win over Stanford was legit & the defense is outstanding. Northwestern flat out hammered Eastern Illinois this week 41-0. Sure it’s Eastern Illinois so it’s not all that impressive but Clayton Thorsen might be the best QB Pat Fitzgerald has had since he’s been in Evanston and I think this is probably the best defense he’s had. This upcoming week is going to be a big one for Northwestern as they go on the road and play Duke. They won’t be intimidated because of the game they already won against Stanford, but this will be their first road game. If they win, they have a very good chance at being 10-0 when they travel to Madison on Nov. 21.
#9 Computer Hope I’m not willing to give up on Auburn quite yet. The talent on this team is too great not to be impressed, but their resume to this point is pitiful. They barely held on to beat Louisville last week. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because the Cardinals looked good, but this week Louisville was beaten at home by Houston and Auburn needed OT to beat lowly Jacksonville State! Auburn has legitimate problems at QB unless Jeremy Johnson snaps out of this funk. The defense also looks completely different when Carl Lawson isn’t on the field. Lawson & DE DaVonte Lambert have a combined 1 sack for the season. They travel to Baton Rouge next week. They better show up.
#10 Computer Hope LSU missed their opener against McNeese St. due to weather but you can tell how the Tigers are going to play it in 2015. RB Leonard Fournette is going to carry this team as far as he can take them offensively while the defense plays out of its mind. The sophomore RB ran for 159yds & 3TD in a 21-19 win over Mississippi State. QB Brandon Harris only threw 14 passes & avoided making mistakes which led to LSU barely pulling out a victory at home. The LSU defense avoided giving up the big play through the air & forced Dak Prescott to stay in the pocket. The Tigers won’t face too many QBs as dynamic as Prescott. The D has to be salivating to get a chance at Jeremy Johnson.
#11 Computer Hope There hasn’t been much luck for the Irish this season thus far. Sure the Irish are 2-0 with wins over Texas & Virginia but they’ve come at a heavy cost as the Irish lost starting RB Tarean Folston against the Longhorns & this past week they lost starting QB Malik Zaire for the season! This is an extremely deep Irish team & QB DeShone Kizer promptly led the Irish to a game winning drive to avoid the upset, but these losses are bound to add up. I’m not necessarily worried too much about the offense, but what bothered me was Notre Dame’s inability to stop QB Matt Johns, RB Taquan Mizzell & WR Canaan Severin. You knew those guys were getting the ball & it didn’t matter. Georgia Tech up next & that’s scary!
#12 Computer Hope It probably doesn’t matter given the Bears offense but you have to be a bit concerned that Baylor has given up 21 to SMU & 31 to Lamar! Baylor ended up pulling away from Lamar for a 66-31 victory but we are talking Lamar here & the Cardinals had the Bears tied at 21 late in the 2nd quarter before Baylor outscored them 45-10. The Bears also continue to be sloppy. They had 12 penalties & 4 turnovers. Against Lamar & SMU they can afford to make those mistakes but against Oklahoma & TCU, those mistakes will be fatal. Luckily for Baylor they are likely to be 8-0 before welcoming in Oklahoma on Nov. 14, but HC Art Briles definitely has something to work on.
#13 Computer Hope Dominance. USC isn’t getting much national attention to this point and that’s mainly because of their competition. I have them ranked #13 because they haven’t played anyone to date. They’ve hammered both Arkansas St. & Idaho with the combined score of 114-15. QB Cody Kessler is on pace for 4500yds/50TD while WR JuJu Smith is on pace for almost 2,000yds receiving & 21TD! RBs Tre Madden & Ronald Jones are both on pace for 1,000yds rushing. If there is one thing to keep an eye out for it’s the pass rush. USC hasn’t played dominant O-Lines yet the defense has generated 2 sacks. As dominant as USC has been, it doesn’t seem right the defense is on pace for 14 sacks.
#14 Computer Hope The win over Virginia looks amazingly better now that Notre Dame struggled so mightily with the Wahoos. QB Josh Rosen played like a freshman in UCLA 37-3 romp over UCLA but it didn’t much matter as RBs Paul Perkins & Bolu Olorunfunmi did the heavy lifting rushing for a combined 216yds. Perkins had 151 of those yards & 2TD. Keep in mind that Rosen doesn’t have to play well. UCLA had a 4-back RB rotation that is absurdly good. Paul Perkins is the #1 guys but true freshman Soto Jamabo & Bolu Olorunfunmi are getting significant run time & excelling. Nate Starks is a helluva runner in his own right & he’s been the 4th man so far. It’s a tremendous offense.
#15 Computer Hope Oregon would have ranked a lot higher had they held on to beat Michigan St. in East Lansing. If you believe in Michigan St. then you almost have to believe in Oregon, but from where I was sitting, I thought Oregon didn’t look that good & I kept going back to how important Marcus Mariota was to Oregon the last couple of seasons. Oregon is LOADED but they have issues with Vernon Adams at QB. It’s not that Adams can’t be great, but how good can they guy really be if he’s been in Eugene for 4-5 weeks? The defense is also unsettling. The Ducks have given up 73 points in their first 2 games & they had no answer for the Spartans running attack. It’s still Oregon but we’ll see.
#16 Computer Hope I love the Bulldogs but they’ve spent their first 2 games hammering away at UL-Monroe & Vanderbilt. Sure the Vandy game was an SEC road game, but Vanderbilt is absolutely terrible so you knew that wasn’t going to be much of a challenge. Georgia has been plagued by early season losses in recent memory. In 2010, 2011, 2012  & 2014 it was South Carolina. In 2013 it was Clemson. This year the East is again wide open for Georgia and the Ol’ Ball Coach is reeling after South Carolina lost to Kentucky in Columbia. Now Spurrier will bring the Gamecocks to Athens and nothing short of a 20-30 point victory will suffice for Georgia. They must be on the look out for the loss though.
#17 Computer Hope San Diego St. is a better football team than the 35-7 final score would indicate, but to me this is more indicative of the fact that California is a player in the Pac 12 North. Given Oregon’s defense & Stanford’s play early on, how can the Bears not be considered a de facto favorite? QB Jared Goff continues his torrid pace, throwing for 321yds & 3TD against the Aztecs. Daniel Lasco ran exceedingly well & Trevor Davis made some big plays. The reason Cal isn’t getting any poll love is their schedule. Their next two games are road dates against Texas & Washington. If Goff & Co. wreck those defenses then it’ll be hard to ignore a 4-0 Bears team that resembles Baylor & Ole Miss.
#18 Computer Hope  This ranking is probably too low but at this point Utah gets hurt just a bit because I think they are still behind USC, UCLA & Oregon in their own conference. I have Cal ahead of them which is probably just a preference. The win over Michigan looks a lot better now that Michigan ripped through Oregon St. without problem. Utah has a couple of great wins so far against Michigan & Utah State. The 24-14 win over Utah St. this past week can’t be minimized as the Aggies are a solid football team, but the Utes are 2-0 by 17 points. It’s nitpicking to be sure when looking at scoring margin, but it does matter. This defense is for real although thus far they’ve failed to live up to “Sack Lake City” standard.
#19 Computer Hope  Absolutely love Paul Johnson & the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech has outscored their opponents 134-16 to start the season. By that metric they are the #1 team in the nation, but the issue with GT so far is their opponents. The Yellow Jackets have hammered Alcorn St. & Tulane thus far. That’s hardly inspiring considering that most teams ahead of them at this point have beaten a team of note. QB Justin Thomas hasn’t really even turned it on yet so there is another gear this team could potentially reach. The good news for GT fans is that Notre Dame is up next. A convincing win there puts GT in the top-10 in my opinion. The bad news? Notre Dame is up next & they are solid.
#20 Computer Hope  Basically the same narrative that Georgia Tech is following to this point. Ole Miss is putting the hammer down on their opponents, outscoring them 149-24 over the first two games, but those 2 games have come against Fresno St. & UT-Martin. The 149pts isn’t a type either! Ole Miss is averaging 75PPG on offense! QB Chad Kelly played out of his mind in the Rebels win over Fresno. He was 20/25 for 346yds & 4TD! The game could have been worse too as Ole Miss had 3 turnovers. As good as Bo Wallace was, I think Kelly might be better which could be the difference between Ole Miss finishing 9-4/10-3 and them finishing 12-1/11-2 with playoff aspirations. We’ll learn a lot this week in Tuscaloosa!
#21 Computer Hope  A lot of different ways you can spin this. The win over South Carolina in Columbia is huge even it was by just a 26-22 margin. Kentucky beat South Carolina last year so maybe HC Mark Stoops has simply surpassed SC as a program with the Wildcats. If that’s true then it’s a MAJOR accomplishment. He’s still got Tennessee, Georgia & Missouri to tackle. On the other hand, maybe Steve Spurrier’s time in Columbia coming to a close & UK took advantage of a program that might be trending downwards? Either way, SC beat a solid North Carolina team & then UK beat SC. The win over UL-Lafayette is a good one too & Kentucky is 2-0. Their next two is at home against Florida & Mizzou. We’ll learn a lot.
#22 Computer Hope  The 31-24 OT loss at home to Oklahoma is devastating. There is no other way to put it. A win over Oklahoma would have established Tennessee as the SEC East favorites at this point & set the Vols up for a tremendous year where the upside could have been 11-1. What the loss sort of shows is that HC Butch Jones has Orange Nation close, but not all the way back just yet. Really good teams don’t give up 17-3 leads in the 4th quarter at home which is what the Vols did here. Josh Dobbs looked awful & the running game could never quite get established. The defensive implosion in the 4th capped it off. UT has time to rebound but this one hurts given the lead in the 4th.
#23 Computer Hope  Probably way to low at this point but the Seminoles have only beaten Texas St. & South Florida and they aren’t blowing them out the way Baylor, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss & California have been doing inferior opponents. RB Dalvin Cook should be getting major play at this point with the Heisman. He’s averaging 211yds per game & almost 3TD. Project his current numbers over a 14-game season & Cook is on pace to rush for almost 3,000yds with 35TD! I’d like to see FSU be a bit more aggressive on defense, but this is more of a ranking due to circumstance than performance. QB Everett Golson has been close to perfect meaning FSU could be looking at 14-0 again.
#24 Computer Hope  Sort of like Utah, Clemson is ranked this low as a matter of circumstance. I have them below Florida St. & Georgia Tech in the ACC and those two squads, while dominant, haven’t beaten anyone so they keep dropping in my power rankings mostly as a result of SOS. Clemson has this same issue as they are 2-0 but with wins over Wofford & Appalachian State. Also like Florida St., Clemson hasn’t completely decimated their opponents the way other teams ahead of them have. With that said, everything is clicking with Clemson. The one thing that really stands out for me is that the Tigers have lived up to defensive expectations. The 20 tackles for loss ranks 20th in the nation. I like it!
#25 Computer Hope  There was a lot of argument going about after Michigan St. beat Oregon that argued that if you believed Oregon was a top-10 team before they lost to Michigan St., then you had to believe they were a top-10 after. Minnesota isn’t getting any national love, but if everyone believes TCU is a top-5 or even top-3 team then how can you argue MInnesota isn’t at least a top-25 team? The Gophers were a TD away from beating TCU in week 1 and then followed that up with a gutsy OT win in Fort Collins, beating Colorado St. 23-20! QB Mitch Leidner hasn’t been outstanding but he’s not beating himself either. The Gophers are a player in the Big 10 West & should be 3-1 when they head to Evanston.

DROPPING OUT

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS (previously #9): Are you kidding me? Losing to Toledo in Little Rock? HC Bret Bielema is right in that at least it wasn’t a conference game, but how awful will it be for the SEC should Arkansas run the table get to 12-1 and then be left out of the playoffs because their conference champion was beat at home by a MAC squad?

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (previosuly #22): Are you kidding me? Losing to Kentucky in Columbia? Kentucky actually has a good football team & if South Carolina pulls one of their usual wins over Georgia then maybe the loss just looks like one of those games SC loses every year that they shouldn’t.

WISCONSIN BADGERS (previously #23): The Badgers didn’t do anything wrong this week. They hammered Miami-OH 58-0 and really they look like the odds on favorite to win the Big 10 West. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Wisconsin run the table & get to 11-1 only to lose to Ohio State in the Big 10 championship game before winning their bowl game. That would put Wisconsin at 12-2 and be almost parallel to Michigan St.’s season a year ago.

MISSISSIPPI ST. BULLDOGS (previously #24): They should have beaten LSU. They deserve to be in the top-25 but they’ll be a 6-6 team that is better than most 9-3 squads.

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (previously #25): Are you kidding me? Losing to Houston in Louisville? Who knows what is going with the Cardinals but methinks it’s just a little bad luck. I think Louisville beats Auburn if they play 5 quarters & the 34-31 loss to Houston? It happens. I still wouldn’t want to face this team if they get rolling.

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September 15, 2015 - Posted by | Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, California, Clemson, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan St., Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi St., NCAA, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio St, Oklahoma, Oregon, Power 25, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas AM, UCLA, USC, Utah, Week 2, Wisconsin

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