College football rankings: Biggest losers from AP Top 25 Poll, Week 2
Utah must run the gauntlet to keep its slim College Football Playoff dreams alive
Although the Utes did not fall off the face of the earth after the heartbreaking loss to Florida in Gainesville, it is going to be especially difficult for the Utes to make the College Football Playoff now. Not only do they need Florida to be top-10 the rest of the way, but they have to run the gauntlet in Pac-12 play. While league is not close to a great one, going 9-0 is always a difficult ask.
East Carolina nearly made North Carolina State walk the plank in Dowdy-Ficklen
For as much hype as the North Carolina State Wolfpack had coming into the season, they almost lost on the road to regional rival East Carolina. Although the Pirates have a proud football history, it would have been most embarrassing for a top-tier ACC team to fall at a middle-of-the-pack AAC team’s place. A one-point victory for the Wolfpack cost them dearly, as they dropped five spots.
Oregon Ducks were rendered flightless vs. Georgia, as Bo Nix goes 0-4 vs. Dawgs
Technically, Oregon was the top others receiving votes getter this week, but the Ducks plummeted all the way from No. 11 to just outside of the top 25 with their humiliating loss to Georgia. While the Ducks had virtually no chance to win, three points scored to seven touchdowns allowed have people already questioning if Dan Lanning is in over his head as a first-time college head coach.
Associated Press is not willing to make Texas ranked ahead of Alabama game
For as big of a deal as Alabama at Texas will be to the college football viewing public, it is a shame the Longhorns were unable to crack the top 25 entering Week 2. For a glamor program to not be gerrymandered in at No. 25 vs. the No. 1 ranked team in the country only further illustrates that the AP does not believe in Texas. After early losses to Alabama and Oklahoma, good luck, ‘Horns!
Utah and Oregon will have to pick up the pieces, while NC State and Texas must prove their worth.