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The Best D@mn Power Rankings: Week 2





1. Alabama (2-0)

Beat Mercer 48-14

The Tide roll to a quiet, uneventful warm up win heading into The Swamp next week.

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2. Georgia (2-0)

Beat UAB 56-7

There were as many questions as answers after the Bulldogs shut down Clemson last week.  We now have some answers.  The offense is fine.  This was not a cream puff UAB team, but UGA made them look like one.

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3. Oklahoma (2-0)

Beat Western Carolina 76-0

You could see the Sooners were looking to make a point this week, and they d@mn sure did that. A wounded and fading Nebraska squad probably won’t put up much more resistance than WCU should keep it rolling for now.

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4. Iowa (2-0)

Beat Iowa State 27-17

Here’s a sentence no one thought they’d hear 2 weeks into the season… the best team in the Big 10 is…. Iowa? They may be.  Not the most talented, obviously, but there’s no one in their division who looks like they could threaten the Hawkeyes.  Could they beat Ohio State?  With that D?  Maybe.  And they don’t play the Buckeyes in the regular season.  Look at the schedule… Iowa could very easily sail into the Big 10 Title game undefeated.  Looks like this might be this year’s “that team”.

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5. Texas A&M (2-0)

Beat Colorado 10-7

Losing your QB right off the bat is a hard issue to overcome, but that’s when you lean on your D… and this Aggies D is more than up to the task.  Here’s my question, though… on the road against a decent team, your QB is down… how does Isaiah Spiller only get 8 carries?

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6. Oregon (2-0)

Beat Ohio State 35-28

Yeah, if you want to get folks attention a win in The Shoe will do it. CJ Verdell just stepped into the Heisman conversation.

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7. Ohio State (1-1)

Lost to Oregon 35-28

I know it hurts, Buckeye fans.  It’s called a ‘regular season loss’.  They happen from time to time.  But it’s not the end of the world.  OSU will still tear through the Big 10, and CJ Stroud just became a star.  But in the end… your D can’t get anyone off the field, and you can’t just outscore everyone.

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8. Cincinnati (2-0)

Beat Murray State 42-7

The Bearcats tweaked the engine before heading into a brutal month that features trips to Indiana and UCF and a visit from Notre Dame,

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9. Iowa State (1-1)

Lost to Iowa 27-17

Did the Cyclones championship dreams die earls? Not necessarily, but this one hurt. And while the Hawkeyes played a great game, the truth is ISU beat themselves. You can’t make that many mistakes against one of the best defenses in the country.

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10. Clemson (1-1)

Beat SC State 49-3

The Tigers did what they were supposed to against SC State, but we won’t actually know how good this version of Clemson is until NC State comes to Death Valley in a couple of weeks.

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11. Penn State (2-0)

Beat Ball State 44-13

Penn State dispatched with Ball State in appropriate fashion.  We find out if the Nittany Lions are really back with Auburn coming to town next week.

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12. Arizona State (2-0)

Beat UNLV 37-10

The Sun Devils still don’t have all of the kinks ironed out, but in what looks like a bottom heavy Pac 12 in 2021, this is still a team poised to make a move.

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13. Notre Dame (2-0)

Beat Toledo 32-29

We saw two things this week.  One, Notre Dame isn’t as good as we thought they were.  That O line is bad.  Two, Jack Coan could win the Heisman this year… he’s effectively going to carry the Irish in 2021… if he survives his line’s deficiencies.

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14. North Carolina (1-1)

Beat Georgia State 59-17

Sam Howell and the Heels got the ship righted quickly.  The needed to with a good UVA team on deck.

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15. UCF (2-0)

Beat Bethune Cookman 63-14

The Knights just keep building momentum with the showdown with Cincinnati on the horizon.

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16. Ole Miss (2-0)

Beat Austin Peay 54-17

I have no idea who Austion Peay is or was, but it d@mn sure seemed like Matt Corral just threw about 9 TDs on him.

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17. Mississippi State (2-0)

Beat NC State 24-10

One… the Cowbells are absolutely incredible.  And two… so was the Bulldog D.

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18. UCLA (2-0)

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19. Kentucky (2-0)

Beat Missouri 35-28

This game was everything a battle between two good SEC teams should be.  Neither is going to join the boys on top, but Kentucky tapped on the door today.

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20. Wisconsin (0-1)

Beat Eastern Michigan 34-7

Yeah, the Badgers needed a statement game going into a 4 game stretch that starts with Notre Dame.  This wasn’t really it.

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21. Coastal Carolina (2-0)

Beat Kansas 49-22

It looks nice on paper… big win over a Power 5 school. What I saw was that Coastal is what they were last year: A really good 2nd tier team who is in no way ready to go against the big dogs. The Chanticleers were only up 28-22 in the middle of the third quarter, and make no mistake… the Jayhawks are a very, very bad team. Buffalo might be able to score with this team; this week’s game could be more interesting than most think.

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22. NC State (1-1)

Lost to Mississippi State 24-10

This was a disappointing loss, and a loss the Wolfpack can only blame themselves for.  This wasn’t as much about Mississippi State beating NC State as it was NC State beating themselves.

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23. USC (1-1)

Lost to Stanford 42-28

Just as people were starting to whisper that SC might be back…. d@mn.  And it was worse than it looked.  Kedon Slovis not only removed himself from Heisman talk, he wasn’t even the best QB on the field.  The Kid in his first game on the other side was.

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24.. Florida (2-0)

Beat USF 42-20

It’s a win, but not exactly impressive against a bad USF team.  If this is how the Gators play next week, they’ll be on the other side of that lopsided score.

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25. Liberty (2-0)

Beat Troy 21-13

The flames weren’t very impressive against the Trojans. With the number of good non power 5 teams competing for one possible slot on New Year’s Day, this one might come back to haunt them.

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26. LSU (1-1)

Beat McNeese 34-7

Not exactly the bounce back the Tigers needed.  They get another shot with Central Michigan up next.

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27. Oklahoma State (2-0)

Beat Tulsa 28-23

Could the Cowboys have been any less impressive at home against a bad Tulsa team?

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28. BYU (2-0)

Beat Utah 26-17

Jaren Hall is the next great Cougars QB.  He wasn’t perfect, but this kid is going to be incredible. He just made big play after big play after big play…

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29. Arkansas (2-0)

Beat Texas 40-21

Welcome back, Hogs! The Razorbacks didn’t just beat Texas, they mauled them.  This was a game won… and dominated… in the trenches.  Side note:  Is it me, or does KJ Jefferson remind anyone else of Daunte Culpepper?

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30. Michigan (2-0)

Beat Washington 31-10

Have the Wolverines finally turned the corner under Harbaugh?  I know you guys are excited in Ann Arbor, But slow down.  Washington sucks.  And we won’t learn much from NIU next week.  I hope so… the Big 10 needs Michigan to not suck.

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