Goz’s College Football Top 25 Poll (Week 2)
This season I’ll be providing my own personal Top 25 poll each week during the college football season. My poll philosophy is ranking the teams I believe are the best twenty five best in the country following that given week’s games. Below are my rankings and comments about each week’ biggest shake up and changes.
5) Ohio State
6) Florida State
11) Ole Miss
15) Michigan State
18) Notre Dame
20) Texas A&M
22) Oklahoma State
Why Stanford at 3? -Going into this season I felt Stanford was a top five team in college football. The Cardinal lost two games last season (one of which game in Week 1 of the season) and destroyed Iowa in the 2016 Rose Bowl finishing the 2016 season as the number three team in the country. Stanford would have been number four in last week’s poll so their bump up to three makes sense.
Michigan at 4 and Ohio State at 5-This was the toughest decision of this week’s poll. Both teams were impressive in Week 1 but the Wolverines opponent in Hawaii had a game under their belt unlike the MAC’s Bowling Green Falcons against Ohio State. The Falcons from Bowling Green did test the Buckeyes early before JT Barrett had a tremendous game. Unless an upset occurs, it’s likely Michigian stays above Ohio State until Week 4’s poll when Ohio State plays Oklahoma and could then jump the Wolverines in the rankings. Florida State needed the biggest comeback in school history to beat Ole Miss in the state of Florida. That's why both the Rebels and Seminoles do not move in my poll.
Houston at 7, Wisconsin at 13 and Texas at 14- Excluding Alabama’s blow out win over USC, these three teams were the most impressive in the country after Week 1. Houston is a program that finished 2015 with a Peach Bowl victory over Florida State. The Cougars needed this win because their lack of strength of schedule will move them out of the national spotlight until a matchup with Louisville later in the season. Wisconsin gets the nod over Texas because of the quality of opponent and where the game was played. Yes Lambeau Field is in Wisconsin but the site was considered a “neutral field”. Texas needed double overtime plus the largest crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium (over 102,000) to beat Notre Dame. I lean Badgers over Longhorns following Week 1.
Tennessee, TCU and Michigan State all dropped after wins?!- This is likely to happen frequently throughout my polls this year. Remember it’s about who you believe are the best twenty five teams in the country. Why should I reward Tennessee for barely squeaking out a win at home versus Appalachian State? Or Michigan State for beating Furman? South Dakota State was competing with TCU until the fourth quarter. All three teams underwhelmed but have chances to bump themselves back up the polls as the month progresses.
LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Auburn all stay in after loses?- LSU will eventually figure out a way to get Leonard Fournette going and will be competitive in the SEC. Notre Dame was playing in front of the biggest crowd in Texas Football history playing two different quarterbacks and still only lost in double overtime. Oklahoma played against Houston in the biggest football venue in Houston. Auburn played three, (three!) different quarterbacks in their opening weekend game and still only lost to the second best team in the country by six points. I’m willing to hear what teams below them are somehow now better than them. I’m willing to hear it but no one below them deserves to be ahead of them in the polls.
Tom “Goz” Goslowski is both a Heisman Trophy voter and College Football Hall of Fame Voter. You can hear him weekdays on Levack and Wolf 2-7pm on 1045 The Team ESPN Radio Albany.