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College Football Poll Watch: LSU gets love for struggling, voters cautious with Iowa, and what's up with Miami?


The second week of the 2016 college football season wasn't supposed to give us quite as much excitement as the first based solely on the matchups. That said, the underdogs of Week 2 provided us with plenty of drama, and subsequently plenty of moving and shaking in the newest edition of the weekly AP Top 25 Poll.

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The moving is always to be expected. The shaking is why I write this article each week.

LSU moves up, Georgia moves down

The pollsters dropped LSU big time last week after the loss to Wisconsin. This week, however, after benching their starting quarterback on their way to a largely unimpressive win over an FCS opponent, the AP voters bumped the Tigers up one spot. In the meantime, the Georgia Bulldogs moved to 2-0 via a close win over FCS foe Nicholls State and the voters dropped them seven spots — almost as if they had lost the game. In fact, they fell only one spot less than LSU did the previous week after losing to the Badgers.

College Football Top 25: LSU

Iowa got some love, but not the Louisville kind

Iowa looked like world-beaters on Saturday. Granted, it was at home against a pretty bad Iowa State team, but it was impressive nonetheless. All of Iowa's star power was on full display and executing to near-perfection. As a reward, the AP voters vaulted the Hawkeyes from No. 16 to No. 13, stopping just short of leap-frogging them over idle Michigan State — a team that struggled to dispatch Furman in Week 1.

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Louisville, meanwhile, kicked around a fairly weak Syracuse squad, albeit on the road, and was bumped from No. 13 to No. 10 — jumping both Michigan State and Texas in the process. Louisville passes the eye test, but not by any greater margin than Iowa does.

It remains a mystery to me why the AP voters and the national media in general are so afraid to give Iowa — a team with some of the best individual players and position groups in the country — the respect they deserve.

Why do the voters love Miami?

The Hurricanes made their debut in the AP Top 25 a week ago on the back of a blowout win over an FCS team that won a single game in 2015. This week, Miami held on to its No. 25 ranking with a win over Florida Atlantic, a Group of Five team that won three games a season ago. Miami has now entered and remained in the Top 25 off of two wins over non-Power Five teams that won a combined four games last season. In the meantime, Boise State, Nebraska, Colorado, Pittsburgh and San Diego State all have arguably better resumes and remain outside the AP Top 25. That could all change next week, as the Hurricanes travel to Appalachian State for what will be their biggest challenge of the young season.

College Football Top 25: Miami

Come back every week as I take a closer look at some questionable outcomes in the polls.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.