AP Poll Top 25 for Week 2: Nick Saban's Alabama drops following a humiliating loss to Texas; Pac-12 emerges as the ultimate winners

AP Poll Top 25: Georgia secures first place
AP Poll Top 25: Georgia secures first place

The AP Poll Top 25 College Football Rankings have been released. This week, Texas made a significant statement with a stunning victory against Nick Saban's Alabama. Meanwhile, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida State continued their impressive run at the top.

USC climbed to the No. 5 spot in the AP Poll Top 25, marking the first time since September 24, 2017, that the top five in the rankings have representatives from each of the Power Five conferences.

The Pac-12 currently boasts the largest number of teams among all conferences. What's noteworthy is that this marks the final season with the conference's existing members before they embark on new journeys in different leagues come 2024

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College Football Rankings for Week 2

Texas Longhorns, Georgia Bulldogs, USC Trojans amongst top 5 in AP Poll Top 25
Texas Longhorns, Georgia Bulldogs, USC Trojans amongst top 5 in AP Poll Top 25

AP Poll Top 25

Here are the complete AP Poll Top 25 rankings, providing an overview of which teams are currently heading in the right direction:

  1. Georgia Bulldogs - SEC
  2. Michigan Wolverines - Big Ten
  3. Florida State Seminoles - Atlantic Coast
  4. Texas Longhorns - Big 12
  5. USC Trojans - Pac-12
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes - Big Ten
  7. Penn State Nittany Lions - Big Ten
  8. Washington Huskies - Pac-12
  9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - IA Independents
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide - SEC
  11. Tennessee Volunteers - SEC
  12. Utah Utes - Pac-12
  13. Oregon Ducks - Pac-12
  14. LSU Tigers - SEC
  15. Kansas State Wildcats - Big 12
  16. Oregon State Beavers - Pac-12
  17. Ole Miss Rebels - SEC
  18. Colorado Buffaloes - Pac-12
  19. Oklahoma Sooners - Big-12
  20. North Carolina Tar Heels - Atlantic Coast
  21. Duke Blue Devils - Atlantic Coast
  22. Miami Hurricane - Atlantic Coast
  23. Washington State Cougars - Pac-12
  24. UCLA Bruins - Pac-12
  25. Iowa Hawkeyes - Big Ten

College Football Top Losers after AP Poll Top 25

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Middle Tennessee Alabama Football

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama's games against the Texas Longhorns proved to be a tough challenge, as it exposed many vulnerabilities in Nick Saban's team.

Their rushing offense averaged only 3.1 yards per carry, and interceptions from quarterback Jalen Milroe added to the struggles. They dropped 7 spots on the AP Poll Top 25.

Texas A&M Aggies

Texas A&M's Week 2 matchup against Miami revealed some concerns for Jimbo Fisher. Although their offense's improvement was visible after an impressive 52-point performance by QB Conner Weigman, they faced many difficulties. Their rushing game averaged only 3.3 yards per carry.

Wisconsin Badgers

Expectations were high as Luke Fickell started as the Badgers head coach. Although the feeling was to see Luke breathe new life into the offense, their first major game against Washington State did not go as planned. They struggled to gain ground, including a mere 20 yards from star RB Braelon Allen.


The SEC's record of 10-3 may not seem alarming, but a closer look at the conference would reveal a different story. SEC teams struggled to meet the expected point spreads, collectively falling short by 116 points, averaging almost nine points per game.

They had only 2 wins against FCS opponents, raising concerns about the conference's overall depth. There are only five SEC teams in the AP Poll Top 25.


Tulane's loss against No. 20 Mississippi was disappointing. However, that might not hinder their path to the New Year's Bowl. Their potential remains high, but the absence of experienced quarterback Michael Pratt was notable.

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