FanIQ Top 25: Aaron Murray finally wins a big game
1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 1-0 (LW: No. 1)
Giving Nick Saban two weeks to prepare for a make-or-break game? Is that even fair?
2. Stanford Cardinal: 1-0 (LW: No. 2)
The Cardinal defense imposed its will against a very solid SJSU offense, holding future NFL quarterback David Fales to just 5.0 yards per attempt.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes: 2-0 (LW: No. 3)
Braxton Miller went down in the first series with a sprained MCL, but should be good-to-go for Cal next week. If not, no worries—Kenny Guiton is a proven winner.
4. Clemson Tigers: 2-0 (LW: No. 5)
Tajh Boyd didn't even have to play the second half as the Tigers took care of FCS South Carolina State, 52-13.
5. LSU Tigers: 2-0 (LW: No. 7)
Zach Mettenberger is looking more and more like the ideal NFL prospect he was supposed to be. There's a night-and-day difference in his play already, possibly making LSU the biggest threat to Alabama from the West.
6. Louisville Cardinals: 2-0 (LW: No. 6)
Sure, they've only played Ohio and Eastern Kentucky, but the Cards have outscored their opponents 93-14 and Teddy Bridgewater has thrown nine touchdowns.
7. Oregon Ducks: 2-0 (LW: No. 8)
Through the first two weeks, Oregon is averaging 664.5 offensive yards and 62.5 points per game. Chip Kelly accepts.
8. Texas A&M Aggies: 2-0 (LW: No. 9)
Johnny Manziel is still doing Johnny Manziel things, but the Aggies' front seven allowed a staggering 240 yards on the ground, which is a major concern heading into Bama week.
9. Georgia Bulldogs: 1-1 (LW: No. 10)
Aaron Murray finally finished a big game and pushed the Dawgs back on top of the SEC East.
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 2-0 (LW: No. 11)
The Blackshirts rebounded nicely from their forgetful performance against Wyoming by holding Southern Miss to 13 points in a route.
11. South Carolina Gamecocks: 1-1 (LW: No. 4)
It's a disappointing loss for Steve Spurrier and Co., but the Gamecocks have to have a short memory and get back to work against a good Vanderbilt team that will have had two weeks to prepare.
12. Arizona State Sun Devils: 1-0 (LW: No. 13)
Dark horse Heisman candidate Taylor Kelly finished 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) for 300 yards and five touchdowns in the Devils' season-opening win over Sacramento State.
13. Florida State Seminoles: 1-0 (LW: No. 16)
Jameis Winston has a little extra time to soak up the fandome of his outstanding collegiate debut before taking on Nevada on the 14th.
14. Oklahoma Sooners: 2-0 (LW: No. 17)
It's been established that this is not your typical Oklahoma squad. Bob Stoops called 57 running plays compared to just 21 passes and controlled the pace of the game, beating West Virginia 16-7.
15. Ole Miss Rebels: 2-0 (LW: No. 18)
The Rebels scored all 31 of their points in the first half as they dominated FCS Southeast Missouri State, 31-13.
16. TCU Horned Frogs: 1-1 (LW: 12)
Starting quarterback Casey Pachall will miss several weeks after fracturing his left arm, leaving the Frogs' Big 12 title chances in the hands of Trevone Boykin. The dual-threat has experience, but it is still unknown whether he is up for the challenge.
17. Northwestern Wildcats: 2-0 (LW: No. 21)
With Kain Colter healthy, the Wildcats' dynamic offense was in full effect. He and Trevor Siemian combined for 30-of-37 (81.1 percent) for 375 yards and four touchdowns (while Colter added 87 yards and a score on the ground), as they blew away Syracuse, 48-27.
18. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 2-0 (LW: No. 22)
The Oklahoma State offense got back on track, scoring 56 points and finding a lot of success through a balanced attack. However, the Cowboys allowed 35 points to UTSA, which is pretty alarming.
19. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes: 2-0 (LW: unranked)
Are the Canes back? It's hard to tell right now, but the defense definitely looks impressive. Between FAU and Florida, Miami has allowed just 22 points and has forced six turnovers (five against the Gators).
20. Baylor Bears: 2-0 (LW: unranked)
Baylor outscored Wofford and Buffalo 139-16, and get a bye week before playing LA-Monroe. Everybody say a prayer for the Warhawks' defensive coordinator.
21. UCLA Bruins: 1-0 (LW: No. 23)
The Bruins were off this weekend, but will travel to Lincoln to face Nebraska this upcoming Saturday.
22. Michigan Wolverines: 2-0 (LW: No. 25)
An NCAA-record crowd of 115,109 witnessed the final Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry game, and they were able to watch Devin Gardner dissemble a very good Irish defense.
23. Florida Gators: 1-1 (LW: No. 15)
Is this 2010 all over again?
24. Fresno State Bulldogs: 2-0 (LW: No. 20)
Derek Carr was impressive, but Fresno State drops a few spots due to the fact that it allowed Cal Poly to score 25 second-half points. That's something coach Tim DeRuyter will have to address this week in practice.
25. Washington Huskies: 1-0 (LW: No. 24)
The Huskies were off this week and will travel to Champaign to play a hot Illinois crew.
Dropped from rankings: Texas (14), Cincinnati (19)
Other receiving votes (in order): Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Texas, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Texas Tech.
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