1. Florida State (2-0,0-0) (LW 1)
Last Week: W 37-12 vs. Citadel
This Week: BYE
It wasn't the most impressive performance that Florida State has ever had, but they were up 28-0 and took care of business. Florida State will now have a bye week before hosting Clemson on September 20th. Georgia's Todd Gurley was far too much for Clemson's defense to handle, and I think that Florida State's rushing attack of Dalvin Cook, Karlos Williams and Mario Pender will be as well.
2. Louisville (2-0,1-0) (LW 2)
Last Week: W 66-21 vs. Murray State
This Week: at Virginia
The Louisville Cardinals were very impressive in their victory over Murray State this past weekend. The Cardinals accumulated more than 600 yards of offense, had the ball for more than 42 minutes and did not commit a turnover.
3. Virginia Tech (2-0,0-0) (LW 4)
Last Week: W 35-21 at Ohio State
This Week: vs. East Carolina
Virginia Tech had the win of the weekend in the ACC, and made a major statement about their program. They were 11.5 point underdogs at Ohio State, but ended up scoring 35 points and winning by two touchdowns. They are back in the top 25 and could be playing in the ACC Championship this December. Clemson might be the better team, but I have to reward the Hokies for this win.
4. Clemson (1-1,0-0) (LW 3)
Last Week: W 73-7 vs. South Carolina St.
This Week: BYE
Clemson was absolutely dominant in their victory over South Carolina State. The more I watch him, the more convinced I am that Deshaun Watson should be the team's starting quarterback. A bad showing against Florida State by Cole Stoudt, could be the start of a new era for Clemson.
5. Pittsburgh (2-0,1-0) (LW 6)
Last Week: W 30-20 vs. Boston College
This Week: at F.I.U.
James Connor is a man. The sensational tailback had 36 carries for 214 yards and a touchdown on Friday night. The Pittsburgh Panthers out-gained Boston College by 140 yards and limited BC quarterback Tyler Murphy to 10 for 28 passing for just 134 yards and 2 interceptions. Pittsburgh could quite possibly be undefeated when they take on Virginia Tech on October 16th.
6. Duke (2-0,0-0) (LW 5)
Last Week: W 34-17 at Troy
Next Week: vs. Kansas
Just another casual Saturday where Duke was a 17 to 19 point favorite in football. Anthony Boone was outstanding, but Thomas Sirk was not nearly as productive as he was against Elon. They should blow out Kansas and Tulane, before traveling to Miami on September 27th. Miami should be about 5-6 point favorites in that one.That said, Duke has been more impressive through two games, so I'll rank them higher for now.
7. Miami (1-1,0-1) (LW 8)
Last Week: W 41-7 vs. Florida A&M
This Week: vs. Arkansas State
The Canes only allowed 114 yards to Florida A&M, but it was concerning the Miami only converted 2 of 10 3rd down opportunities. Brad Kaaya was better, but still had two interceptions and completed just over 50% of his passes. Miami will now host Arkansas State before traveling to Nebraska the following week.
8. North Carolina (2-0,0-0) (LW 7)
Last Week: W 31-27 vs. San Diego State
This Week: BYE
It took outscoring San Diego State 17-6 in the fourth quarter and three total interceptions to beat the Aztecs by four points at home. Needless to say, it wasn't the most impressive showing in Carolina football history. Marquise Williams was excellent, but it would help if his defense didn't allow 500 plus yards. They simply cannot keep relying on forcing turnovers, because that's not sustainable. Their game at East Carolina in two weeks will be very competitive.
9. Georgia Tech (2-0,0-0) (LW 10)
Last Week: W 38-21 at Tulane
This Week: vs. Georgia Southern
The Yellow Jackets weren't exactly spectacular in their victory, and at one point were down 24-21. They averaged 6 yards per carry, but Justin Thomas simply must do better than completing 3 of 8 passes for 15 yards and an interception. They should beat Georgia Southern, but they will probably be right on the edge of bowl eligibility.
10. Boston College (1-1,0-1) (LW 9)
Last Week: L 30-20 vs. Pittsburgh
This Week: vs. USC
Not the best Friday night for our friends at BCInterruption. The Eagles lost at home by 10 and quarterback Tyler Murphy was not impressive outside of one long run. They allowed nearly six yards per rush, and are now 20 point home dogs to USC. BC is now going to have to win all of its toss-up games in order to make a bowl game.
11. Virginia (1-1,0-0) (LW 11)
Last Week: W 45-13 vs. Richmond
This Week: vs. Louisville
Virginia won by a wide margin, but it has to be concerning that they allowed more than 400 yards to Richmond. Virginia capitalized on seven Spiders' turnovers. Virginia's next two weeks consist of a home game against Louisville and a road trip to BYU. It's looking like 1-3 for UVA.
12. Syracuse (1-0,0-0) (LW 12)
Last Week: BYE
This Week: at Central Michigan
Syracuse had a bye this past week and will now head to Central Michigan, where they are 7 point favorites. We'll find out if Syracuse is closer to the team their fans thought they could be or the team that showed up against Villanova.
13. N.C. State (2-0,0-0) (LW 13)
Last Week: W 46-34 vs. Old Dominion
This Week: at South Florida
N.C. State was losing at halftime, but outscore Old Dominion by 15 points in the second half to win 46-34. The Wolfpack did not turn the ball over, and only committed one penalty, but they allowed a whopping 505 yards. The Wolfpack will now travel to South Florida, where Maryland struggled to win this past week.
14. Wake Forest (1-1,0-0) (LW 14)
Last Week: W 23-7 vs. Gardner-Webb
This Week: at Utah State
Wake Forest looked far more impressive in their home-opener against Gardner-Webb than they did against ULM. John Wolford threw three interceptions, but two of those came off dropped passes that were scooped up by defenders. The Deacs will now face their second road test of the young season when they travel to Logan, Utah to take on Utah State.