CFB Top 25, Heisman Leaders – Week Two

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A little bit of movement here after week two, and teams are starting to show their true colors. Some teams we all thought were “back” clearly aren’t, and some that we looked at as underdogs, are moving on up. It’s still only been two weeks, but there are still some things that are concerning, and others that are impressive.

So here are the week two rankings. A few big ball games coming up this weekend, and none bigger than Alabama and Texas A&M. The winner will solidify a top spot in the polls, and the loser will drop out of the top 10 most likely. Also, UCLA and Nebraska take each other on in an important Pac-12 vs. Big 10 showdown.

1. Oregon (2-0)

def. Virgiia 59-10
Next week vs. Tennessee

Oregon with a huge win over Virginia. This week against Tennessee will be interesting. I don’t think it will be a problem for Oregon to beat the Vols, but I’m curious how these two teams will look against each other with new head coaches on both sidelines.

2. Alabama (1-0)

Open
Next week @ Texas A&M

Alabama had a week off to prepare for Texas A&M, and I hope they used it to fix their problems on the offensive line. The good news is that A&M’s defense has given up a lot of points to really bad teams. On the defensive side of the ball, things are going to be interesting as they defend Johnny Football early in the season. If Alabama wins, they solidify themselves at the #1 spot for the rest of a season barring a slip-up.

3. Louisville (2-0)

def. Eastern Kentucky 44-7
Next week @ Kentucky

Will be interesting to see how the Cardinals look against their in-state rivalry in their first decent game. Kentucky looked bad on week one, but decent this past week. I look for Bridgewater to carry them to victory easy enough though.

4. Clemson (2-0)

def. South Carolina State 52-13
Next week vs. NC State

Not much to say here. Clemson still living on their huge win over Georgia. Moved up a lot in the AP poll, but staying #4…for now, here. They start conference play next week and should show us something a little more about them as they work toward their match-up with FSU.

5. Florida State (1-0)

Open
Next week vs. Nevada

Should be a decently easy game for FSU this coming weekend after they sat out this past Saturday due to playing on Monday. Same goes for them that goes for Clemson until they face off in a few weeks.

6. Ohio State (2-0)

def. San Diego State 42-7
Next week @ California

A huge loss for OSU with Braxton Miller going out. Not sure when he’ll be back in tip top shape, so the Buckeyes are going to have to rely on other people to step up. San Diego State was an easy opponent for the backups to play in, but Cal will probably be a little harder. I still don’t see OSU dropping anything soon though as long as the rest of the team steps up.

7. Texas A&M (2-0)

def. Sam Houston State 65-28
Next week vs. Alabama

This is the big one. A quick win over Sam Houston State was merely a warm-up for the real deal this weekend. A&M moves into title discussion with a win, and may never be able to recover from a loss. All of Johnny Manziel’s time spent partying and living the high life goes out the window if he can’t perform like he did last year.

8. LSU (2-0)

def. UAB 56-17
Next week vs. Kent State

LSU with an easy win over the Blazers. Another easy game against Nick Saban’s alma mater, Kent State, this week and then it’s time to welcome in the Dawgs from Georgia for the Tiger’s first SEC game and first real test after the TCU game.

9. Stanford (1-0)

def. San Jose State 34-13
Next week @ Army

A quick and painless first win for the Cardinal over San Jose State, and another easy one against Army this weekend. No real test comes until they travel to Washington State two weeks later.

10. Georgia (1-1)

def. South Carolina 41-30
Next week vs. North Texas

A nice victory over South Carolina showed that the Bulldogs are still the real deal despite their loss to Clemson. Georgia starts off conference play with a win, but their next conference foe will be even hard in LSU. They get a quick breather this week against North Texas, then it’s on to face the Tigers.

11. Michigan (2-0)
12. Oklahoma State (2-0)
13. South Carolina (1-1)
14. Wisconsin (2-0)
15. Northwestern (2-0)
16. UCLA (2-0)
17. Oklahoma (2-0)
18. Miami (2-0)
19. TCU (1-1)
20. Nebraska (2-0)
21. Washington (2-0)
22. Ole Miss (2-0)
23. Baylor (2-0)
24. Arizona State (1-0)
25. Florida (1-1)

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Heisman Leaders

Tahj Boyd

vs. South Carolina State
169 yards passing
10 yards rushing, 1 TD

Season
439 yards passing, 3 TD, 60.4%
52 yards rushing, 3 TD

Christion Jones

Last week, Open

Season
2 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD
Punt return TD, KO return TD

Teddy Bridgewater

vs. Eastern Kentucky
397 yards passing, 4 TD

Season
752 yards passing, 9 TD, 1 INT, 76.7%

Jameis Winston

Last week, Open

Season
25/27, 356 yards, 4 TD
8 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD

Marcus Mariota

vs. Virginia
199, 2 TD
122 yards rushing, 1 TD

Season
433 yards passing, 3 TD, 53.1%
235 yards rushing, 3 TD

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