Texas ranked for first time under coach Charlie Strong
After a wild, wild week 1, the week 2 college football rankings are in
If you missed anything having to do with the opening week of college football, you missed a real treat. The football gods were on the field and they granted fans with the best return ever.
It all started Thursday and went well into Monday with Saturday being the main kicker. Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett scored seven touchdowns in their win over Bowling Green. Texas dished out a thrilling double-overtime win over Notre Dame on Sunday. Florida State was not playing in these fields as they used a huge comeback over Ole Miss in its 45-34 win Monday.
With all this going on, the Top 25 AP rankings have taken a turn heading into week 2. Now that The Associated Press college football rankings are in, the game has changed for some programs.
Texas is now ranked at No. 11, the first time the Longhorns have been ranked under coach Charlie Strong. The last time the Longhorns were ranked, it was November 2013 and Mack Brown was ending his final season as head coach.
Another unranked program climbed into the poll. Miami (Florida) is ranked for the first time since 2013 at No. 25, after defeating Florida A&M 70-3. The Hurricanes ended a 39-poll drought that started Nov. 17, 2013.
No. 10 Wisconsin also made a big jump into the top 25 after beating LSU. The Tigers and Notre Dame were among seven ranked teams that lost during the first weekend of the season.
Wisconsin, which beat LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field, matched a record for the best season debut in the top 25 with its No. 10 ranking. Arizona also went from unranked to No. 10 in 2014 after the Wildcats won at Oregon.
Alabama is still No. 1. The Crimson Tide picked up 21 first-place votes to total 54 after their 52-6 victory against Southern Cal. Clemson remained No. 2. Florida State moved up to No. 3. Ohio State is No. 4, and Michigan is No. 5.
Houston jumped nine spots, from No. 15 to No. 6 after its 33-23 victory over Oklahoma. The Sooners dropped 11 spots after the loss, from third to No. 14. The Cougars boast their highest ranking since Nov. 4, 1990, when they were ranked No. 3.
Georgia also jumped nine spots, from No. 18 to No. 9 after a 33-24 victory over North Carolina.
No. 7 Stanford and No. 8 Washington also appear in the top 10. Washington has its highest rank since Nov. 4, 2001, after its 48-13 victory over Rutgers.
LSU fell from No. 5 to No. 21 after its loss to Wisconsin. The 16-spot drop is the fourth largest in poll history.
No. 17 Tennessee, No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 19 Mississippi all fell eight spots. The Volunteers dropped after an overtime victory against Appalachian State.
Texas A&M is in the poll at No. 20 after beating UCLA, then No. 16, in overtime.
Southern Cal, UCLA and North Carolina dropped out of the poll. Florida, which was No. 25, fell out after beating Massachusetts 24-7.
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The Associated Press and espn.com news services contributed to this report.