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A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.

Weekly Rankings

P.S.R. 1-124: Week 2 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only one week in the books, so you may see one team ranked below a team it just beat — see Texas State and Houston, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

The Top 25

1. Alabama (1-0, 0-0)
The Tide pick up right where they left off..
2. L.S.U. (1-0, 0-0)
…And we again look forward to the first Saturday in November.
3. Oregon (1-0, 0-0)
The Ducks put on a late-night show against Arkansas State.
4. Florida State (1-0, 0-0)
The Seminoles will be the next to slime Savannah State.
5. U.S.C. (1-0, 0-0)
Not a strong showing on offense, which is scary to consider.
6. Michigan State (1-0, 0-0)
The Spartans gut out a huge win over the Broncos.
7. West Virginia (1-0, 0-0)
I think that this offense is going to be pretty good.
8. Georgia (1-0, 0-0)
The Bulldogs allowed Buffalo to hang around for 30 minutes.
9. Texas (1-0, 0-0)
Two 100-yard rushers paced a strong offensive attack.
10. Nebraska (1-0, 0-0)
Taylor Martinez with the best performance of his career.
11. Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0)
Not a good start, but Bob Stoops will get O.U. in gear.
12. South Carolina (1-0, 1-0)
A safe presumption: Spurrier doesn’t care for beauty points.
13. Clemson (1-0, 0-0)
Tigers have to feel great about play on defense.
14. Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0)
A little too close for comfort against Northern Iowa.
15. Utah (1-0, 0-0)
Only Northern Colorado, but a complete effort from the Utes.
16. Virginia Tech (1-0, 1-0)
Foster Ball wins yet another game for the Hokies.
17. B.Y.U. (1-0, 0-0)
The Cougars showed some nastiness against Washington State.
18. Ohio (1-0, 0-0)
The first win in what will be a special season.
19. Kansas State (1-0, 0-0)
Was only 16-9 after three quarters — ended at 51-9.
20. Ohio State (1-0, 0-0)
The Urban Meyer era steps off on the right foot.
21. Arkansas (1-0, 0-0)
As if nothing had changed: Tyler Wilson with six scores.
22. Boise State (0-1, 0-0)
The Broncos finally lose in September, but showed guts.
23. Tennessee (1-0, 0-0)
The Volunteers’ secret weapon: Cordarelle Patterson.
24. T.C.U. (0-0, 0-0)
Horned Frogs get started against Grambling State.
25. Notre Dame (1-0, 0-0)
Remember that Navy won three of four in series from 2007-10.

The Rest

26. Stanford (1-0, 0-0)
27. Louisville (1-0, 0-0)
28. Michigan (0-1, 0-0)
29. Nevada (1-0, 0-0)
30. Oklahoma State (1-0, 0-0)
31. Mississippi State (1-0, 0-0)
32. Rutgers (1-0, 0-0)
33. Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1)
34. Louisiana Tech (0-0, 0-0)
35. Baylor (1-0, 0-0)
36. U.C.F. (1-0, 0-0)
37. Florida (1-0, 0-0)
38. Iowa (1-0, 0-0)
39. Iowa State (1-0, 0-0)
40. North Carolina (1-0, 0-0)
41. Auburn (0-1, 0-0)
42. Cincinnati (0-0, 0-0)
43. Missouri (1-0, 0-0)
44. N.C. State (0-1, 0-0)
45. Virginia (1-0, 0-0)
46. Air Force (1-0, 0-0)
47. South Florida (1-0, 0-0)
48. Washington (1-0, 0-0)
49. Northwestern (1-0, 0-0)
50. Illinois (1-0, 0-0)
51. Northern Illinois (0-1, 0-0)
52. Texas A&M (0-0, 0-0)
53. Penn State (0-1, 0-0)
54. U.C.L.A. (1-0, 0-0)
55. Arizona (1-0, 0-0)
56. California (0-1, 0-0)
57. Tulsa (0-1, 0-0)
58. Texas Tech (1-0, 0-0)
59. Toledo (0-1, 0-0)
60. Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0, 0-0)
61. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1)
62. Utah State (1-0, 0-0)
63. San Jose State (0-1, 0-0)
64. Miami (Fla.) (1-0, 0-0)
65. Connecticut (1-0, 0-0)
66. Navy (0-1, 0-0)
67. S.M.U. (0-1, 0-0)
68. Southern Mississippi (0-1, 0-0)
69. Bowling Green (0-1, 0-0)
70. Purdue (1-0, 0-0)
71. Western Michigan (0-1, 0-0)
72. Arizona State (1-0, 0-0)
73. San Diego State (0-1, 0-0)
74. East Carolina (1-0, 0-0)
75. Oregon State (0-0, 0-0)
76. Arkansas State (0-1, 0-0)
77. Western Kentucky (1-0, 0-0)
78. Duke (1-0, 0-0)
79. Minnesota (1-0, 0-0)
80. Washington State (0-1, 0-0)
81. Wyoming (0-1, 0-0)
82. Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0)
83. Florida International (0-1, 0-0)
84. Houston (0-1, 0-0)
85. Syracuse (0-1, 0-0)
86. Temple (1-0, 0-0)
87. Pittsburgh (0-1, 0-0)
88. Army (0-0, 0-0)
89. Ball State (1-0, 1-0)
90. Colorado State (1-0, 0-0)
91. Texas State (1-0, 0-0)
92. Fresno State (1-0, 0-0)
93. New Mexico State (1-0, 0-0)
94. Mississippi (1-0, 0-0)
95. Miami (Ohio) (0-1, 0-0)
96. Hawaii (0-1, 0-0)
97. Kent State (1-0, 0-0)
98. Eastern Michigan (0-1, 0-1)
99. Kansas (1-0, 0-0)
100. Troy (1-0, 0-0)
101. Colorado (0-1, 0-0)
102. Kentucky (0-1, 0-0)
103. Maryland (1-0, 0-0)
104. Marshall (0-1, 0-0)
105. Central Michigan (1-0, 0-0)
106. North Texas (0-1, 0-0)
107. UTEP (0-1, 0-0)
108. Buffalo (0-1, 0-0)
109. Louisiana-Monroe (0-0, 0-0)
110. Boston College (0-1, 0-0)
111. U.N.L.V. (0-1, 0-0)
112. Indiana (1-0, 0-0)
113. Rice (0-1, 0-0)
114. Tulane (0-1, 0-0)
115. U.A.B. (0-1, 0-0)
116. New Mexico (1-0, 0-0)
117. Florida Atlantic (1-0, 0-0)
118. Akron (0-1, 0-0)
119. Texas-San Antonio (1-0, 0-0)
120. Idaho (0-1, 0-0)
121. Massachusetts (0-1, 0-0)
122. Middle Tennessee (0-1, 0-0)
123. Memphis (0-1, 0-0)
124. South Alabama (0-1, 0-0)

Dropped out of top 25

Michigan No. 18 (No. 28)
Stanford No. 23 (No. 26)

New in top 25

Ohio No. 20 (No. 26)
Tennessee No. 23 (No. 28)

Three noteworthy jumps

Iowa State 42 spots (No. 81 to No. 39)
Texas State 30 spots (No. 121 to No. 91)
Clemson 11 spots (No. 24 to No. 13)

Three noteworthy tumbles

Houston 54 spots (No. 30 to No. 84)
Pittsburgh 34 spots (No. 53 to No. 87)
Florida International 33 spots (No. 50 to No. 83)

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Comments

  1. Dawgs says:

    I think Houston is the most surprising along with both Texas St and UTSA winning their first FBS game

  2. Monty says:

    HEY YOU CAN’T DROP OREGON IN THE RANKINGS! WHO DID YOU EVEN PUT ABOVE US –

    Oh. Ahem. The Tide. I’d argue with your rankings, but (1) they proved Saturday night that I shouldn’t, and (2) the last thing to oppose them is now a smear on the turf in Jerryworld.

  3. Nick says:

    You drop Syracuse two spots after they put up 600 yards on offense? I mean yeah, they lost, but man, they dominated Northwestern all game, and if it weren’t for penalties (which, let’s be honest, are easily correctable) they win going away. And then the pretty good Northwestern offense can barely do anything against the Syracuse defense, except when handed a short field a few times. I don’t get that re-ranking.

    Paul: Initial list had Syracuse up a few spots. But then a few teams moved up. Orange acquitted themselves well against Northwestern. A painful loss, but not a bad one, if you know what I mean.

  4. Burnt Orange says:

    Ball State , San Jose State and N. Illinois underrated.

    Overrated Texas Tech, Notre Dame, and Purdue.

    Paul: Moved S.J.S.U. up 13 spots. Wanted to do more but that felt right. After one week, obvious that the Spartans are even better than I expected.

  5. DMK says:

    Losing at home to Northwestern is not a good justification for moving up spots in the re-ranking.

    I’m not even sure winning is.

  6. Lawrence says:

    Fairly surprised by the 5 spot nebraska jump. I was very pleased with how well the Huskers did on offense, but defensively they were not very good. That freshman quarterback seemed as if he could of diced them up had he got all the 1st team snaps during fall camp and played the whole game.

  7. James says:

    Upon review MSU’s win was more impressive than the 17-13 score would indicate. They outgained Boise by 255 yards and held the Bronco’s to no offensive TD’s and only 206 yards. Even with the 4 TO’s they win by double digits if they don’t take a knee at the end.

  8. Walker says:

    Houston still ranked higher than Texas State?

  9. Josh H. says:

    I’ve got to admit I’m really surprised that Akron, Idaho, Memphis and Middle Tenn are not the bottom 4 teams. Indeed they are all close to the bottom but my god was Akron horrid. Also probably would have dropped CMU a little more since they did almost lose to SEMO. But them I’m highly critical of the MAC too lol.

    The game I nearly did a spit take on was seeing the final score between Tx St. and Houston. What da fa domination! It was good to see UTSA and S. Alabama play a close game showing that they are at least close to the same level. We’ll know more about how much success they will have soon when they face FBS schools. As for UMass, sure the offense was a bit offensive, but I thought the D did a decent job all things considered. Sure as hell looked better than Akron.

    Overall, can’t argue too much with this weeks rankings. I just like nitpicking and putting in my 2 cents. ;) Onwards now my Cardinals to Clemson! Please don’t let this game get too out of hand.

  10. C'Mon Man! says:

    @Burnt Orange: It’s NIU.

    @Paul: Burnt Orange is correct. NIU played Iowa even yet is 13 spots lower? Also, why are the other state programs ranked above NIU? Iowa will DESTROY Northwestern at Evanston and NIU will handle WMU far more convincingly than U. of illinois.

  11. P.S.A. says:

    If it’s not going to be Texas Christian, Southern Methodist, Central Florida, Florida International, etc., then it is not Northern Illinois.

    If it’s going to be TCU, SMU, CFU, FIU, etc., then it is NIU.

  12. Rory says:

    Nevada walked into a sold out Memorial Stadium and beat a decent Cal team as a +11 road underdog. Of the teams outside the Top 25, Nevada hosting USF is one to keep an eye on. Coach Ault is hard to beat in Reno despite USF having better athletes than Nevada.

  13. KDRLAX says:

    Paul:
    I know I’m being a ‘homer’ and I know they only played an FCS team, but you originally placed MISSOURI lower in your initial rankings,much on account of whether James Franklin would indeed be back in the line-up (atleast how I read it) .

    Well, he is, and MIZZOU utterly destroyed their opponent, but they only move up 1 spot? Heck, Texas A&M didn’t even play and they moved up 3 spots.
    Come on, shouldn’t you have them back up in the 30s where’d they’d have been in Franklin had never had the injury to start??

  14. Question for Paul says:

    @Paul: Which FBS team leads the nation in sacks after week 1 of the 2012 season?

    Paul: That would be U.C.L.A., of course. And I’m not getting on the bandwagon (not yet) unless the Bruins knock off Nebraska.

  15. Just watched replay... says:

    …and i take back what I wrote earlier.

    NIU did not play Iowa even, they flat out outplayed them and especially in the trenches. That 1 extra point that Iowa scored can’t be worth 13 spots in your rankings.

    NIU is severely underrated.

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