Is it possible the SEC is just top heavy?
We ask because Week 2 of the Power Rankings debuts with Alabama in a familiar spot, squatting at No. 1. But there is only one other team, No. 11 Georgia, in the top 15.
OK, it’s not time to panic. After a 6-7 nonconference record in Week 1, the SEC bounced back with a 10-0 mark in nonconference games in Week 2. Order has been restored, for now.
Lots will shake out this week as conference play ramps up. Ole Miss hosts Alabama as the Rebels are trying to beat the Tide for the third consecutive year. Texas A&M goes to Auburn. Georgia takes Nick Chubb and its 2-0 start to Missouri.
For now, the SEC East seems winnable for just about anyone not named Kentucky or Vanderbilt. LSU seemingly changed quarterbacks, which can’t be a bad thing, right? A&M is getting serviceable minutes from Trevor Knight.
And how about Arkansas?
As for the precipitous drop after No. 1, don’t panic. More than half the league (eight teams) shows up in this week’s Power Rankings. So, yeah, upon further review, not much as changed.
Just don’t stare over the cliff of Bama’s lofty ranking. Vertigo awaits.
|This one-sided sideline “discussion” between Nick Saban and his precocious offensive coordinator is great theater. Still, another one-sided beat down by the Tide (over Western Kentucky) convinces us they are still the team to beat. Jalen Hurts threw for 287 yards in his first career start.||—||2-0|
|Bad news for Oklahoma this week and perhaps all of college football: Through two games, the Buckeyes have yet to allow a defensive touchdown. The defense picked off four Tulsa passes. The offense didn’t score until the third quarter. Norman on high alert. Big 12 and OU simply can’t afford to lose this week.||1||2-0|
|At this point, only Mother Nature has slowed down the Cougars. A nearly four-hour lightning delay only put off the inevitable, a 42-0 trouncing of Lamar. Greg Ward Jr. sat out with a shoulder. Big early clash Thursday at Cincinnati.||1||2-0|
|Operators are standing by to take your calls, concerned Clemson fans. What’s wrong with the offense? The Tigers are averaging about half (24.5 points) of what they should be scoring after sleeping through Troy. Deshaun Watson is barely in the top 100 (tied-97th) in completion percentage.||2||2-0|
|What’s the a good word for an FCS team minus 14 players? Try “Charleston Southern.” Jimbo Fisher learned little about his team except that mercy is a virtue. The Noles kept it under 70 in a 52-8 thrashing.||—||2-0|
|We have an early leader in the Heisman Trophy clubhouse. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has accounted for more touchdowns through three games (13) than all but 13 teams. Saturday meeting with Florida State is looming. Wow, how did that sneak up on us?||4||2-0|
|Bye. Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is probably fuming over Sparty’s week off but Eastern Michigan and Alabama cancelled contracts that would’ve had Michigan State playing last week.||1||1-0|
|Bye. Lounging on the couch — and in the film room — getting read for a key Pac-12 South matchup this week against USC.||1||1-0|
|We clearly underestimated the Badgers. First, the win over LSU. Then, their most balanced offensive performance in 20 years. In a 54-10 win over Akron, Wisconsin surpassed 290 yards in both rushing and passing for the first time since 1996.||—||2-0|
|Missing six starters, the Longhorns shored up the defense (41-7 over Texas-El Paso) and continued to roll out freshman Shane Buechele. Through two games, Buechele is tops in completion percentage and touchdown passes among freshman.||1||2-0|
|Yes, that just (almost) happened. The Dawgs had to play to the wire with an FCS punching bag (Nicholls) that has won 13 games since 2010 and been outscored by its last two FBS opponents 95-0.||3||2-0|
|“We came in here and outhit [Michigan] today,” UCF coach Scott Frost said. And we thought Jim Harbaugh was the comic relief. Apparently, the Wolverines hit back a little in a 51-14 slapping. Still four weeks to go until Harbs has to go on the road. Quality of competition still a discussion point so far. Colorado comes in this week.||1||2-0|
|Job security, thy name is Kirk Ferentz. In his first game since signing an epic extension (out to 2026!), Iowa’s coach moved to a pedestrian 9-9 lifetime against Iowa State. For that much money, shouldn’t Ferentz win ’em all?||1||2-0|
|Brian Kelly has a quarterback (DeShone Kizer) and a mission. The Irish host Michigan State this week in what has historically been a bitter dispute. For now, Notre Dame’s highest-scoring quarter in 11 seasons (25 points in the second) pushed ND past Nevada, 39-10.||—||1-1|
|A bowl game in September? Sure seemed like it. The Vols assured themselves and a college football-record crowd that progress is being made. Josh Dobbs accounted for five touchdowns.||3||2-0|
|Only two men currently walking the sidelines have beaten Nick Saban in consecutive meetings. (Les Miles is the other.) Hugh Freeze goes for three in a row this week in Oxford. Saturday’s tune-up went as planned against Wofford before a record crowd.||1||1-1|
|Hard to believe, but the Big 12’s playoff chances might be riding on OU’s game with Ohio State this week. The Sooners warmed up with a 43-point win over Louisiana-Monroe. Is it possible Oklahoma over-scheduled playing its second top 15 team in three weeks?||1||1-1|
|With a Purdue transfer (Danny Etling) at quarterback in place of Brandon Harris — and without Leonard Fournette — the Tigers beat down Jacksonville State. Etling is now in mix to start as LSU looks for its first FBS win this week against Mississippi State.||1||1-1|
|Is a corner being turned in Fayetteville? The Hogs snapped TCU’s 14-game home winning streak with a double-OT win in Fort Worth. Arkansas’ last three road wins have come over ranked teams, two by a total of four points. Brett Bielema: “We want to keep you in your seats for four quarters.” We can’t avert our eyes, BB.||7||2-0|
|The Bears achieved the unthinkable in the first half against SMU, failing to score a touchdown. That was rectified in a 34-point second half against SMU. For now, it’s all about football in Waco. The Bears have outscored opponents by a cumulative 75 points.||—||2-0|
|The Canes have scored a school-record 108 points through two games. Great fodder for South Florida talk shows: The last time Miami scored that many to open a season (2002), they played for a national championship.||1||2-0|
|“We didn’t start as quickly as I hoped we would,” quarterback Trevor Knight said. Yeah, that was horrible. The Ags took all of 140 seconds to score the first of 67 unanswered points against Prairie View A&M.||1||2-0|
|The Huskies enjoyed their highest AP Top 25 ranking (No. 8) in 15 years. We’re not so sure in this space after U-Dub beat a team in Idaho transitioning to FCS. More work to be done despite winning games by almost 40 per contest.||1||2-0|
|The Gators set fire to Mark Stoops’ hot seat with a systematic 38-point dismantling of Kentucky. Through two games, only Ohio State and Miami have given up fewer touchdowns (two) than Florida among Power Fives.||2||2-0|
|Mark Helfrich’s stockpile of skill athletes is amazing. Olympic hurdler Devon Allen caught four passes for 141 yards against Virginia. Royce Freeman (207 rushing yards) is averaging nine yards per carry. The Ducks are 2-0 for the fourth time in five years.||—||2-0|
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / College Football Power Rankings: SEC regains some ground with a strong Week 2