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We are now two weeks through the FBS division one football season and a lot of action in the top 25 is beginning to play out. Including some upsets, some top ten matchups, and a few close calls for big schools. The best part is the excitement is only beginning. 

To begin, #1 Clemson took on #12 Texas A&M at home. Many believe this is the only test Clemson has this year and if they could pass, the College Football Playoff should be a lock for last years national champions. Clemson led by Sophomore Quarterback Trevor Lawrence took the lead in this one and never looked back. Clemson went on to defeat Texas A&M by the score of 24-10. The score makes it look like a close game, but Texas A&M was never really in this game. With this win, the best team remaining on the Tigers schedule based on the Football Power Index is South Carolina who is 1-1 and unranked through two weeks. With that being said it should not be very difficult for Clemson to run the table and return to the playoffs for a chance to defend their title. 

To finish out top 5 play the other four teams did not have much of a challenge this week. #2 Alabama defeated New Mexico State, 62-10 to improve to 2-0 on the season. #3 Georgia defeated FCS school Murray State, 63-17 to also improve to 2-0. #4 Oklahoma also took on a FCS school in the form of South Dakota and won, 70-14 to improve to 2-0. Finally, #5 Ohio State who was going into a game against a team with a lot of confidence coming into the weekend was able to silence them as they defeated Cincinnati, 42-0 to also remain undefeated through two weeks. Again, not much of a challenge for these four schools as they all won with ease. 

Next marquee matchup was #6 LSU and #9 Texas. This game widened the eyes of every college football fan due to the two Quarterbacks playing in this one. LSU led by Senior Quarterback, Joe Burrow who added quite a performance to his Heisman run this season, taking down Texas by the score of 45-38. Junior Quarterback, Sam Ehlinger, was never out of this as he also had a performance to remember as both Quarterbacks threw for over 400 yards and combined for eight touchdowns through the air. In this back and forth contest LSU came out on top and this kind of win is huge for their resume when trying to get a spot in the College Football Playoffs. 

In a game where it took extra time for a big school to escape the upset, many fans were left wondering if they are the real deal. #7 Michigan was tied with Army at the end of regulation and really had to step it up in overtime. Michigan was able to defeat Army after just two overtimes by the score of, 24-21. The Wolverines offense was stagnant all day and that was a big reason they only put up fourteen points in regulation. With the remainder of the Wolverines season including seven ranked opponents, this leaves experts and fans wondering if Michigan will fall below expectation once again. 

The only other top 10 team to play this past weekend was #10 Auburn who did not have a problem in defeating Tulane, 24-6. Of the rest of the Top 25 the ranked teams went 9-4 this weekend. Four teams fell susceptible to the upset bug and three of them really paid the price for it. To begin, #14 Washington was upset by California after they nailed a field goal with seven seconds remaining to pull ahead, 20-19, which would also be the final score. Then, #21 Syracuse was stomped by Maryland by the score of, 63-20, and this had led many to believe that Maryland might be a team to look out for this season, as they start 2-0 and are outscoring opponents 142-20. In Pac-12 play, #23 Stanford fell against their rival USC. The Trojans were able to win 45-20 and after losing their starting Quarterback last week to injury, the backup, Freshman Kedon Slovis, isn’t looking to shabby as he has led them to a 2-0 start. Finally, Colorado was able to come back against #25 Nebraska and defeat them 34-31. Nebraska led by ten points at one point and took a touchdown lead down to the three minute mark before Colorado scored to even it up. In overtime Nebraska missed the game-tying field goal to drop to 1-1 on the season. 

After all of the action from this past weekend, there were some major shifts in the Associated Press Top 25 this week. The top 3 remained unchanged as Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia remain in those spots. After the big win against Texas, LSU jumped two spots to #4. This caused both Oklahoma and Ohio State to fall a spot and fill #5 and #6. Notre Dame moved up one to #7 after having a bye week. Then Auburn and Florida both move up two spots into the top 10 at #8 and #9. Michigan who escaped upset, still lost ground in the poll as they fell three spots to round out the top 10 at #10. The biggest loser to remain in the top 25 was Washington as they fell nine spots to #23 after their loss to California. The biggest gainer was Wisconsin as they moved up three spots to #14 on a bye week because of losses from Texas A&M and Washington, and they jump Oregon. For new additions to the top 25 we see three this week as Maryland joins the field at #21, USC joins at #24 after missing out on the preseason top 25 for the first time since 2001, and Virginia comes in at #25. Falling out of the top 25 was Syracuse, Stanford, Nebraska, and Iowa State.  

These are just the beginning of the crazy games to expect this season and shifts in the top 25 that happen every week. The most exciting part about college football is you are never really sure what will happen every single week. To see the complete Associated Press Top 25, see the next page.

 

Associated Press Top 25 

 

#1 Clemson (2-0) 

#2 Alabama (2-0) 

#3 Georgia (2-0) 

#4 LSU (2-0) 

#5 Oklahoma (2-0) 

#6 Ohio State (2-0) 

#7 Notre Dame (1-0) 

#8 Auburn (2-0) 

#9 Florida (2-0) 

#10 Michigan (2-0) 

#11 Utah (2-0) 

#12 Texas (1-1) 

#13 Penn State (2-0) 

#14 Wisconsin (2-0) 

#15 Oregon (1-1) 

#16 Texas A&M (1-1) 

#17 UCF (2-0) 

#18 Michigan State (2-0) 

#19 Iowa (2-0) 

#20 Washington State (2-0) 

#21 Maryland (2-0) 

#22 Boise State (2-0) 

#23 Washington (1-1) 

#24 USC (2-0) 

#25 Virginia (2-0) 

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