An entertaining first weekend of college football means we’re in for a Top 25 shakeup on Sunday. We did our best to predict the Associated Press’ newest rankings below:
1. Alabama (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 1) The defending national champions got off to a slow start against USC, but hit an unholy stride on offense that — paired with an elite defensive performance — allowed the Crimson Tide to ring up a 52-6 win.
2. Clemson (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 2) It got scary in the final moments, but Deshaun Watson and Co. were in control throughout most of a 19-13 victory. No one is panicking about the defending runner-up (yet).
3. Florida State (0-0)
(Entering week: No. 4) Scheduled to play Ole Miss in Orlando on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
4. Ohio State (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 6) After quarterback J.T. Barrett threw a pick-6 to open the game, the Buckeyes carved up hapless Bowling Green for a 77-10 blowout win.
5. Michigan (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 7) Much like its rival to the south, Michigan served up an early interception before putting its foot on the gas. The Wolverines outscored Hawaii, 56-0, through the first three quarters of a 63-3 victory.
6. Houston (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 15) Perhaps the weekend’s biggest win went to the Cougars, who held Oklahoma’s Heisman-finalist quarterback Baker Mayfield at bay while launching the 2016 campaign of their own star, Greg Ward.
7. Stanford (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 8) A 26-13 home win over Kansas State is nothing for Stanford fans to get excited about, but Christian McCaffery and the Cardinal did more than enough to keep voters happy.
8. Notre Dame (0-0)
(Entering week: No. 10) Scheduled to play Texas on Sunday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
9. Ole Miss (0-0)
(Entering week: No. 11) Scheduled to play Florida State in Orlando on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
10. Oklahoma (0-1)
(Entering week: No. 3) Oklahoma is probably still the favorite in the Big 12, but a “Kick 6” burned the Sooners against (potential future Big 12 member) Houston on Saturday afternoon.
11. Washington (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 14) Ripping through a Big Ten team (even one as bad as Rutgers) is a great way to begin the season, and the Huskies appear ready to contend in the Pac-12.
12. Georgia (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 18)Kirby Smart’s debut was impressive. The Bulldogs rallied back from a 10-point deficit while making running back Nick Chubb’s return (222 yards) a special one.
13. Wisconsin (1-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) Few expected Wisconsin to stick with LSU, let alone beat the Tigers. But that’s what the Badgers did, shutting down (well, by previous standards) Leonard Fournette and snagging a game-saving interception in the final minute.
14. Louisville (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 19) Lamar Jackson tallied a school-record 8 total touchdowns… in the first half. Louisville rolled through Charlotte, 70-14, on Thursday night.
15. Michigan State (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 12) A surprisingly tough 28-13 home win over Furman will make voters wonder whether Michigan State is ready for another run at the Big Ten title.
16. Tennessee (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 9) The Volunteers probably should’ve lost to Appalachian State on the ninth anniversary of the Mountaineers’ huge upset over No. 5 Michigan. Tennessee is 1-0 after a couple late breaks, and will just be happy to remain in the Top 25 this week.
17. LSU (0-1)
(Entering week: No. 5) The Tigers appear to have the same weaknesses (playcalling, quarterback) that hamstrung them in 2015. A comeback from 13 down was for naught against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field.
18. Iowa (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 17) The Hawkeyes weren’t quite able to run Miami (Ohio) out of the building, but Iowa did enough to remain inconspicuous before conference play begins.
19. Texas A&M (1-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) A&M blew a big fourth-quarter lead, but escaped in overtime thanks to a big stand by the Aggies defense. They appear set to compete in the SEC West.
20. TCU (1-0)
(Entering week: No. 13) Kenny Hill (456 total yards, 5 touchdowns) and the Horned Frogs put fear in their fans’ hearts for three quarters before finally pulling away from South Dakota State in an unimpressive 59-41 win.
21. Oklahoma State (1-0)
(Entering week: 21) The Cowboys issued a thorough beatdown of Southeastern Louisiana, and they didn’t waste much time doing it; a 28-0 first-quarter lead set the tone for a 61-7 victory.
22. Baylor (1-0)
(Entering week: 23) If the Bears are dealing with off-field distractions, they didn’t show it against Northwestern State. Baylor got out to a 48-0 halftime lead en route to a 55-7 win.
23. Oregon (1-0)
(Entering week: 24) It’s odd to see Oregon so far down in the polls, but this is something of a “rebuilding” year in Eugene. The Ducks weren’t completely convincing in their 53-28 win over UC Davis.
24. Miami (1-0)
(Entering week: Unranked) Mark Richt’s squad should shoot into the Top 25 after narrowly missing out in the preseason. The Hurricanes made a 70-3 blowout look easy against Florida A&M.
25. UCLA (0-1)
(Entering week: 16) Josh Rosen and the Bruins looked lifeless for much of their thrilling loss against Texas A&M, but a pair of late scores flashed UCLA’s potential moving forward.
Dropped out: USC (previous: 20), North Carolina (previous: 22), Florida (previous: 25)