College football Top 10: Week 2

The second week of the college football season did not feature all that many surprises especially near the top. There were some close calls, but there was not a whole lot of damage done to shake up last week’s Deceptive Speed Top 10.

Here’s an updated look at the best teams in college football based on what they have done over the first two weeks of the college football season.

1. LSU

No need to make any changes at the top. LSU handled Southeastern Louisiana, but the best win of the season so far was the Tigers’ dominant win over Miami on opening weekend. This sets up for a matchup between the top two teams in the Deceptive Speed Top 10 on Saturday.

2. Auburn

The second best win of the season belongs to Auburn, which pulled out a win over Washington in week 1. The Tigers looked like what SEC teams look like when they play SWAC teams in their win over Alabama State. Should be a heck of an atmosphere at Jordan-Hare this weekend.

3. Georgia

A dominant win over Austin Peay did not get the Bulldogs into the top 10, but a thrashing over South Carolina on the road certainly did as Kirby Smart’s bunch jumps up to No. 3. The Gamecocks might be the second best team in the SEC East, and this one was not close. Georgia is at home Saturday against Middle Tennessee before starting SEC play.

4. Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s scoreboard operator should demand a raise for the extra work the offense will force him or her to put in in 2018. The Sooners have looked pretty damn good in the post-Baker Mayfield era scoring 63 on Florida Atlantic and 49 against UCLA on Saturday. Oklahoma will face its toughest test this weekend at Iowa State, which gave the Sooners their lone regular season loss last year.

5. Alabama

Nick Saban was a little less angry this week. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still furious his team beat Arkansas State by just 50, but he at least kept his cool during the postgame interview when reporters had the audacity to ask him questions about players on his team. Alabama has a cakewalk of a schedule leading up to November.

6. Clemson

Another new entrance to the Deceptive Speed Top 10. A win over Furman was not enough, but a road win over Texas A&M brings Dabo’s boys into the mix. Clemson is going with a two-quarterback system. Going against the grain and doing things differently is what makes college football great, but we’ll see how that goes. The Tigers have the best opportunity among Power Five teams to finish undefeated.

7. Notre Dame

The Fightin’ Irish looked like a team riding high after a big opening weekend win over Michigan and overlooked Ball State. Fortunately for Notre Dame, overlooking Ball State did not lead to a loss because Notre Dame is Notre Dame and Ball State is Ball State. The Irish survived, and we move on. Notre Dame has the nerds of the SEC with Vanderbilt in South Bend Saturday.

8. Ohio State

Hey look at that - a Big Ten team! The Buckeyes have two blowout wins over two of the worst Power Five teams in the country with Oregon State and Rutgers. We’ve got ourselves a massive game coming up for Ohio State against TCU in the Buckeyes’ last game “without” Urban Meyer, who has been running the practices.

9. Stanford

Welcome, Stanford. Your 17-3 win over USC put everybody to sleep, but your 17-3 win over USC also put you into the Deceptive Speed Top 10. Stanford has UC Davis on Saturday before an incredibly difficult four-game stretch through mid-October.

10. Virginia Tech

Not sure how impressive that Florida State win was on Labor Day, but we’ve got to find a 10th team somewhere. Virginia Tech was scheduled to host Eastern Carolina this weekend, but Hurricane Florence had other plans. The Hokies will play Old Dominion next Saturday before returning to ACC play.

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