*UPDATE* AP Poll for Week 2 released: CLICK HERE
The first weekend of the 2013 college football season opened with all the fireworks we expected and then some. A number of FCS-level teams beat their FBS (read: Big Boy Ball) counterparts, including Eastern Washington shocking the #ReBeaved folks at No. 25 Oregon State.
With Saturday in the books, we take a look at how some of the nation’s top-ranked teams performed against programs they were (for the most part) expected to beat.
Alabama’s Georgia Dome showdown against Virginia Tech looked less and less appealing as one Hokie after another pulled out with an injury. The defending national champions took care of business and will retain its stranglehold on the AP Poll when the full top 25 rankings are released next week.
How will the rest of the top 10 shake out?
10. Florida Gators – Beat Toledo, 24-6
9. Louisville Cardinals – Play on Sunday
8. Georgia Bulldogs – Down from No. 5, Lost to then-No. 8 Clemson
7. Texas A&M Aggies – Beat Rice, 52-31
6. Clemson Tigers – Up from No. 8, Beat then-No. 5 Georgia, 38-35
5. South Carolina Gamecocks – Up from No. 6, Beat North Carolina, 27-10
4. Stanford Cardinal – Open Date
3. Oregon Ducks – Beat Nicholls State, 66-3
2. Ohio State Buckeyes – Beat Buffalo, 40-20
1. Alabama Crimson Tide – Beat Virginia Tech, 35-10
Ohio State and Oregon will retain their No. 2 and No. 3 rankings, respectively, after dispatching their inferior opponents.
Stanford, coming off a Rose Bowl win, did not play in Week 1, so we don’t believe pollsters will move the Cardinal out of the No. 4 spot.
The only loss suffered by a top 10 team on Saturday was Georgia. The Bulldogs lost to another top 10 team in Clemson by just three points, 38-35. The Dawgs were also on the road, which should keep them in the top 10.
South Carolina slides up one spot from No. 6 to Georgia’s former No. 5 ranking, with Clemson filling in just behind at No. 6. The Gamecocks and Tigers could easily flip-flop these spots as well, so don’t be surprised if you see Clemson at No. 5 and South Carolina at No. 6.
Texas A&M retains its No. 7 ranking after the Aggies topped Rice. Johnny Manziel missed the first half of the game and A&M’s defense was suspect at times on Saturday.
Louisville plays on Sunday against Ohio at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Finally, Florida took care of business against Toledo, despite missing a ton of players to injuries and suspensions.