Projected AP Top 25 college football rankings after Week 2: No. 4-3
4. Michigan Wolverines
There is no longer any doubt about who should be the quarterback for Jim Harbaugh. After the offense looked more explosive and better overall when JJ McCarthy took over last week, he came out against Hawaii on Saturday night and just lit the Rainbow Warriors ablaze with a remarkable overall performance.
Not even halfway into the second quarter, McCarthy had already put Michigan up 35-0 in the game and there was no looking back at that point. Granted, Hawaii looks to be bad this season, but the Wolverines just look exponentially more dangerous as a team whenever the former 5-star quarterback is helming the offense. They’re already knocking on the door of a College Football Playoff berth for the second straight season with the early returns, but McCarthy getting the QB1 label would fully solidify that.
3. Ohio State Buckeyes
After the Buckeyes looked a bit out of sorts in the eventual win over Notre Dame last week, they needed to go out and look dominant against a clearly inferior Arkansas State team.
While it wasn’t a completely suffocating effort, it was enough from Ohio State to say that they passed the test at hand. C.J. Stroud found his stride with Marvin Harrison Jr., who scored three times on the day, as the quarterback threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns on the day while TreVeyon Henderson ran for two more scores in the 45-12 win over the Red Wolves.
OSU has an in-state matchup with Toledo next week and needs to put forth a similar effort in that affair, but there were no signs of the Notre Dame game being the norm for the Buckeyes this season, particularly on offense.