College Football Rankings: Florida skyrockets up to No. 12 in Week 2 of AP Top 25 Poll

Anthony Richardson, Florida Gators. (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Anthony Richardson, Florida Gators. (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

Check out the latest AP Top 25 Poll ahead of Week 2’s action in these college football rankings!

Until the College Football Playoff Selection Committee meets in a few months, the AP Top 25 Poll will serve as our guiding light when it comes to the most important college football rankings.

While it was great to have college football back in our lives once again, we turn our collective attention toward the next weekend’s slate of games. Although a handful of teams lost over Labor Day Weekend, none were as shocking as the unranked Florida Gators beating the then-No. 7 Utah Utes in The Swamp. This game, plus several others, heavily impacted this week’s AP Top 25 Poll.

Here are the 25 best teams in college football heading into Week 2 according to the Associated Press.

College football rankings: AP Top 25, Week 2: Florida skyrockets up to No. 12

There was plenty of movement across the top 25, including some teams soaring up the rankings, as well as others falling out of them entirely.

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide
  2. Georgia Bulldogs
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Michigan Wolverines
  5. Clemson Tigers
  6. Texas A&M Aggies
  7. Oklahoma Sooners
  8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  9. Baylor Bears
  10. USC Trojans
  11. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  12. Florida Gators
  13. Utah Utes
  14. Michigan State Spartans
  15. Miami Hurricanes
  16. Arkansas Razorbacks
  17. Pittsburgh Panthers
  18. North Carolina State Wolfpack
  19. Wisconsin Badgers
  20. Kentucky Wildcats
  21. BYU Cougars
  22. Ole Miss Rebels
  23. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  24. Tennessee Volunteers
  25. Houston Cougars

Alabama retained the top spot, while Georgia and Ohio State swapped places to be second and third for Week 2. Michigan moved up four spots from No. 8 to be No. 4 this week. Clemson dropped a spot from No. 4 to round out the top five. Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Baylor and USC round out the top 10. The Aggies stayed put, the Irish fell and the other three moved up.

No. 11 to No. 15 were as follows: Oklahoma State, Florida, Utah, Michigan State, Miami. No. 16 to No. 20 were in this order: Arkansas, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Rounding out the top 25 were No. 21 BYU, No. 22 Ole Miss, No. 23 Wake Forest, No. 24 Tennessee and No. 26 Houston. Oregon, Penn State, Texas, Cincinnati and Florida State did receive votes.

As far as big takeaways are concerned, maybe Georgia should have been top two all along? For the most part, it was a good weekend for the Big Ten and SEC, while it was one to forget for the ACC and Pac-12. Ultimately, Florida’s home upset of Utah threw a wrench in everything. The Gators may not be the 12th best team in the nation, but they did beat the team that was ranked No. 7.

Congratulations, you now have ample material to bring to the water cooler on Tuesday afternoon.

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