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Dr. G’s Rant Sports Week Two College Football Top 25 Rankings

The Dr. is in.

All the preseason talk, prognostications, and questions have been quelled by actual games. Week one of the 2012 college football season is under our belt.

As far as surprises are concerned there really weren’t that many. The SEC still looks like the meanest conference in land up top, FCS schools still get smoked like a turkey leg, and USC has the top Heisman candidate.

Below is my week two top 25.  Let me know what you think. This will change weekly as new contenders step up, and the pretenders are exposed.

1. USC
2. Alabama
3. LSU
4. Oklahoma
5. Georgia
6. Oregon
7. Clemson
8. Florida State
9. Arkansas
10. South Carolina
11. West Virginia
12. Oklahoma State 
13. Wisconsin
14. Texas
15. Ohio State
16. TCU
17. Nebraska
18. Florida
19. Michigan State
20. K-State
21. Boise State
22. Michigan
23. Washington
24. Louisville
25. Utah
Dropped out: Stanford
Previous week(s) week 1
Not a lot of change from the preseason rankings. Stanford’s close win to San Jose State has me worried about their viability moving forward in the Pac-12 schedule.
Stock rising:  Clemson. The Tigers opened up against Auburn and looked every bit as good as they looked last season. If there was a question as to whether or not Clemson would have playmakers on offense with Sammy Watkins suspended, it was answered.  Andre Ellington had 231 rushing yards.
Stock falling:  Michigan. No shame in losing to Alabama, but to not even be comeptitive hurts.  Especially when the Wolverines are supposed front-runners in the Big Ten.
What to watch for next week: Washington at LSU. Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian gets the national stage to show off how far his program has come, or how far it has to go.
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James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America

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