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ESPN College Football Power Rankings: Week 2

ESPN.com released their updated power rankings for college football. The Louisville Cardinals jumped up 5 spots to #21, tied with fellow ACC member Clemson. The first number you see in the “trending” section shows how many spots each team climbed or dropped.

College Football Power Rankings – Week 2
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING PTS COMMENT
1

Last Week: 1

304 The Seminoles avoided a scare from a gritty Oklahoma State team and tied a school record with their 17th straight win. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw an uncharacteristic two interceptions, but his dazzling 28-yard touchdown run changed the game and led to the 37-31 win.
2

10
Last Week: 12

302 What began as a close game evolved intoTodd Gurley‘s Week 1 Heisman moment. His 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped the Bulldogs to a 45-21 win over Clemson. Gurley finished with a school-record 293 all-purpose yards.
3

Last Week: 3

279 The Sooners did what they were supposed to do, and left no doubt they were the better team in a 48-16 dismantling of Louisiana Tech. Trevor Knight threw for 253 yards and a touchdown en route to a 31-0 lead.
3
OregonOregon
1-0

1
Last Week: 4

279 Marcus Mariota put up enough numbers for an entire game in just one half as the Ducks routed South Dakota 62-13. Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns and ran for one more — all in the first half. It was a tuneup before hosting Michigan State this week.
5

3
Last Week: 2

259 Quarterback Blake Sims started and finished the game, stepping ahead of transfer Jake Coker, but West Virginia gave the Tide its best shot. Alabama didn’t look dominant in its 33-23 win, and the Mountaineers had too many dropped passes and failed to convert their final fourth down.
6

12
Last Week: 18

257 The Aggies, led by new quarterback Kenny Hill, steamrolled South Carolina’s defense in a shocking 52-28 win. Hill made replacing Johnny Manziel look easy, completing 44 of 60 passes for 511 yards, three touchdowns and zero picks.
7
AuburnAuburn
1-0

2
Last Week: 5

244 Quarterback Jeremy Johnson started the game and Nick Marshall finished it, leading the Tigers to a 45-21 win over Arkansas. The Razorbacks kept things interesting until Jermaine Whitehead’s pick-six gave the Tigers a two-touchdown lead.
8

1
Last Week: 7

229 The Spartans easily handled Jacksonville State in a 45-7 win, but quarterback Connor Cook had to shake off a late hit to his left leg. Cook bounced back and completed 12 of 13 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the second half.
9
BaylorBaylor
1-0

2
Last Week: 11

218 It was business as usual for the Baylor offense in a 45-0 clobbering of SMU. Baylor led 24-0 after just one quarter and had 35 first downs to the Mustangs’ 7. SMU also had three turnovers. Bears quarterback Bryce Petty threw for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
10
LSULSU
1-0

3
Last Week: 13

207 LSU scored 21 unanswered points in a 28-24 comeback win over Wisconsin, which couldn’t overcome two interceptions by quarterback Tanner McEvoy. Running backMelvin Gordon had 140 yards and a touchdown but just 16 carries.
11

1
Last Week: 10

200 Ty Montgomery had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown as Stanford crushed UC-Davis 45-0. The All-American kick returner, who had offseason surgery on his right shoulder, was the story of the game, and the Cardinal will need more of the same from him against USC this weekend.
12
USCUSC
1-0

2
Last Week: 14

197 The Trojans had no problem shaking the off-field distractions in a 52-12 romp of Fresno State. Quarterback Cody Kessler threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as USC racked up 701 yards of total offense.
13
UCLAUCLA
1-0

5
Last Week: 8

165 The Bruins had their hands full with a surprisingly stingy Virginia defense, and quarterback Brett Hundley had a pedestrian performance in a 28-20 win. The win was a credit to UCLA’s defense, which accounted for three touchdowns (a pair of interceptions and a 75-yard fumble return).
14

8
Last Week: 6

161 Quarterback J.T. Barrett made his debut in place of injured starter Braxton Miller and helped the Buckeyes get past Navy 34-17. Ohio State’s defensive line surrendered 370 rushing yards, but Barrett was 4-for-4 for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.
15

Last Week: 15

126 Quarterback Everett Golson made quite a comeback for the Irish, running for three touchdowns and throwing for two more in a 48-17 win over Rice. More eyes will be watching this week when Notre Dame and Michigan end their historic series.
16

6
Last Week: 22

113 Ameer Abdullah showed why he is one of the best running backs in the country, racking up a career-high 232 yards in three quarters of the 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic. The Cornhuskers racked up 779 yards — 493 of which came on the ground.
17

2
Last Week: 19

110 After throwing three interceptions in the first half, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Rebels to a 35-13 win over Boise State. It was a sloppy game with seven total turnovers.
18

8
Last Week: NR

78 The Sun Devils did exactly what they needed to, dominating in a 45-14 route of Weber State. ASU jumped to a 31-0 lead in the first half, and quarterback Taylor Kelly sat through the second half.
19

2
Last Week: 17

74 It was a tale of two halves for the Badgers, who squandered a 17-point lead in their 28-24 loss. Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy had just 50 passing yards on 24 attempts, plus two interceptions.
20

6
Last Week: NR

54 The Cowboys gave the defending national champs all they could handle, looking like one of the nation’s top teams in the loss. The defense flustered Jameis Winston into two interceptions, and defensive endEmmanuel Ogbah had two sacks and two pass breakups.
21

5
Last Week: 16

48 The Tigers’ offense went dormant in the second half against Georgia, but more glaring was their inability to stop the Bulldogs’ run game. Clemson allowed 328 rushing yards while first-year starting quarterback Cole Stoudt threw no touchdowns and one interception.
21

5
Last Week: NR

48 The Cardinals made their debut in the ACC with a 31-13 win over Miami, and rookie quarterback Will Gardner had the edge over Miami true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. Miami was just 1-of-13 on third downs and had three turnovers.
23

3
Last Week: NR

47 K-State easily handled Stephen F. Austin in a 55-16 win, but coach Bill Snyder was quick to point out it wasn’t flawless. Still, quarterback Jake Waters had 278 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns.
23

14
Last Week: 9

47 The Gamecocks gave up seven touchdowns on Texas A&M’s first 11 possessions in a 52-28 loss Thursday night. Dylan Thompsonwas outplayed by Kenny Hill, and the Gamecocks had no answer for the Aggies’ passing game.
25

1
Last Week: NR

41 The past was history as Michigan made sure there was no letdown against Appalachian State in a 52-14 rematch of one of the game’s most memorable upsets. Devin Gardner had three TD passes and Michigan racked up 560 yards.
Others receiving votes: Mississippi State (26), Texas (18), TCU (16), Missouri (13), Penn State (12), Arizona (11), Florida (10), Washington (9), North Carolina (8), Cincinnati (7), Iowa (2), West Virginia (2), Pittsburgh (2), BYU (1), Duke (1)
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About Justin Renck

I am 28 years old, born and raised in Louisville. Graduated from UofL in 2008. Go Cards! Follow me on twitter @JustinRenck

Posted on September 3, 2014, in Football, Louisville Athletics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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