Week 2 has ended, and some non-conference games have set the tone for who some of the elite teams may be this season. Each week during the season our panel of experts will rank the Top 12 teams in college football. This season our panel includes: Rob Shields, Mike Lowe, Zack Kiesel, Brian (Pedro Cerrano) McGuire, Chris (Ricker Says) Ricker, Steve Birrer, and Chris Stoner. We are looking forward to another exciting season of college football and race to the College Football Playoff.
The two big Deified Dozen head-to-head matchups this past week did not go well for the Lone Star State, as both Texas and Texas A&M lost to LSU and Clemson, respectively, and subsequently fell from our rankings. That vaulted Penn State and Utah into the Dozen for their first appearance of the season, tying for the 11th spot with 15 votes each. LSU’s big win made them a big riser too, as they added 17 votes to move from #7 to #4. On the flip side, Michigan dropped four spots to #10 after needing overtime to complete an uninspiring win against Army….but Oklahoma had a similar storyline agains the Cadets last season, and still made the Playoff, so you never know.
Week 3 does not feature much in the way of tantalizing matchups. #1 Clemson’s trip to Syracuse lost some luster when the Orange suffered a beatdown at Maryland to drop from the polls. The Battle of Pennsylvania doesn’t figure to be too closely contested when 1-1 Pitt travels to #11 Penn State. South Carolina doesn’t figure to be a threat when they host #2 Alabama with a freshman QB taking over after a season-ending injury to Jake Bentley. And speaking of crushing QB injuries, the best matchup and upset possibility took a hit when Kentucky lost Terry Wilson for the season and will have to face #9 Florida with a transfer from Troy (Sawyer Smith) as their starter.
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Mike is a Baltimore native living in Portland, OR since 2007. He currently runs his own business specializing in video production and online marketing. Prior to that he was a legal technology consultant, worked for 9 years at Johns Hopkins University and served 6 years in the Air Force. He also enjoys travel, food, beer, and is a volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society.