Ranking the top 25 teams in college football after Week 2
Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The second weekend of the 2019 season was headlined by LSU's win at Texas, Clemson's dominant victory over Texas A&M, California's road upset at Washington, and Michigan beating Army in overtime. Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Georgia take the top four spots, with Ohio State at No. 5 and Oklahoma at No. 6 in the post-Week 2 top 25 rankings. With the second week of the 2019 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:
College Football Top 25 Rankings
1. Alabama (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated New Mexico State
As expected, Alabama rolled to an easy win over New Mexico State on Saturday.
2. Clemson (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Texas A&M
Receivers Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins made big plays downfield, and Clemson’s rebuilt defense held Texas A&M to just 4.2 yards a play in a dominant 24-10 win for coach Dabo Swinney’s team.
3. LSU (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Texas
Saturday night’s win against Texas showed how far LSU’s offense has improved since last season.
4. Georgia (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Murray State
Freshman receiver George Pickens seems primed to take on a bigger role after catching four passes for 78 yards against Murray State.
5. Ohio State (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Cincinnati
Justin Fields was efficient (20 of 25), and the Buckeyes got plenty of help from the defense and ground game to end any hope Cincinnati had of an upset in Columbus.
6. Oklahoma (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated South Dakota
Jalen Hurts has more overall touchdowns (nine) than incompletions (seven) through two games this year.
7. Notre Dame (1-0)
Week 2 Result: Off
The Fighting Irish did not play in Week 2 and will return to action next Saturday against New Mexico.
8. Texas (1-1)
Week 2 Result: Lost to LSU
Sam Ehlinger was excellent, but Texas had no answers in the secondary against LSU’s passing attack.
9. Utah (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Northern Illinois
Tyler Huntley had a solid day through the air (14 of 19 for 219 yards), and Utah’s defense pitched a shutout in the second half to move Kyle Whittingham’s team to 2-0.
10. Texas A&M (1-1)
Week 2 Result: Lost to Clemson
The Aggies weren’t able to get enough consistency or big plays on offense to pull off the upset in Death Valley.
11. Florida (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated UT Martin
After an up-and-down performance in the opener, Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks was sharp versus UT Martin (25 of 27 for 270 yards and two scores).
12. Michigan (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Army
Survive and advance for Jim Harbaugh’s team. However, the Wolverines have a lot to clean up after a sloppy performance against Army.
13. Penn State (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Buffalo
Nittany Lions started slow but pulled away in the second half for a 45-13 win over Buffalo.
14. Auburn (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Tulane
Tulane’s defensive front played a role in the sluggish production, but Auburn’s ground game has some work to do after averaging 3.8 yards per carry on 45 attempts.
15. Oregon (1-1)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Nevada
Justin Herbert’s five passing touchdowns helped Oregon rebound from last week’s last-second loss to Auburn.
16. Wisconsin (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Central Michigan
Badgers have steamrolled their first two opponents by a combined score of 110-0.
17. Iowa (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Rutgers
Iowa’s defense did not allow a drive longer than 30 yards in Saturday’s 30-0 win over the Scarlet Knights.
18. Michigan State (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Western Michigan
Mark Dantonio wanted to see more out of his offense after a lackluster debut against Tulsa. The Spartans showed signs of life by recording 582 yards and 51 points in a win against Western Michigan on Saturday.
19. Boise State (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Marshall
The Broncos held Marshall to zero yards in the second half to hold on for a 14-7 victory.
20. UCF (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated FAU
Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns and added another on the ground, as the Knights rolled to an easy 48-14 win over FAU.
21. Virginia (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated William & Mary
The 52 points scored by Virginia in Friday night’s win over William & Mary were the most by the program since 2005.
22. Oklahoma State (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated McNeese State
The Cowboys crushed McNeese State in Week 2 and have one more tune up (Tulsa) before beginning Big 12 play at Texas.
23. California (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Washington
California joins the top 25 after its stingy defense once again led the way in a win over Washington.
24. USC (2-0)
Week 2 Result: Defeated Stanford
USC’s defense didn’t allow a point in the second half, but the real story was how impressive freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was in his first start.
25. Washington (1-1)
Week 2 Result: Lost to California
The Huskies outgained California (348 to 303), but three drives into the red zone ended in a field goal.