Every Monday afternoon, the AP Poll is released for college football. I don’t want to say the voters do an awful job because that is a lot of football to watch. However, they continue to overrate teams based on preseason rankings and name brands.
Take Notre Dame, for example; they aren’t a good football team. What justifies them being ranked inside the top-15?
They almost lost their season opener against a Florida State team that lost to Jacksonville State over the weekend. And, it took a drive late in the fourth quarter to get past Toledo. The AP ranks them 12th. No way.
So, with that, here are my top-37 teams in college football. Just like the AP, I will publish my rankings on Monday as well. You might disagree with me, but I can promise you I won’t overrate Notre Dame.
37. Miami (FL)
I thought about leaving the Hurricanes out of my rankings. But, I remembered they did play Alabama in the season opener, and as Vol fans are well aware, Bama breaks you down.
App State is never a program I would put on the schedule. They prove they are a problem for the Power 5 despite who the coach is, and they almost got Miami.
The Canes get Michigan State next. If they lose that, they might not find themselves back in my top-37 the rest of the season.
I’ve been highly unimpressed with the Tigers this season. However, they have a ton of talent, and maybe UCLA is finally really good under visor wearing Chip Kelly.
35. Fresno State
Shoutout to Christopher Gabriel; his Bulldogs have some fight in them. After a heart-breaking 31-24 loss to Oregon, they bounced back with a huge 63-10 win Saturday.
UCLA is up next. This game will provide a nice test for both teams.
Tanner Mordecai has the SMU offense clicking. Mordecai already has 11 touchdown passes on the season in two games. The Mustangs have outscored their opponents 91-21 this season.
33. Boston College
Hard to judge the Eagles after starting the season against Colgate and Umass, but here they are.
Temple and Missouri are their next two games. If they could somehow win both of them, Boston College will take a 4-0 record into Death Valley on October 2.
Here’s another team I have no idea about. But, the Terrapins are 2-0 with a 30-24 season opening win over West Virginia. Tulia Tagovailoa is playing well with a 76.2% completion percentage with six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
31. Wake Forest
The Clawfense is clicking scoring 42 and 41 in the first two games of the season. The Demon Deacons have a chance to make a run to the ACC title this season.
30. Mississippi State
Mike Leach and his Bulldogs are getting zero love in the AP rankings because they barely beat Louisana Tech. But Notre Dame is ranked 12th, lol.
State bounced back with a dominating 24-10 win over NC State.
The Black Knights haven’t played anyone yet and get UConn this coming Saturday, but their rushing attack is always dangerous.
Hard for me to keep them out of the top-37.
This one stings a little because it could be Tennessee. Pitt went into Neyland Stadium on Saturday and controlled the game for the final three quarters. Quarterback Kenny Pickett went 24-for-36 with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Cougars are 2-0 after losing Zach Wilson to the NFL Draft. They are 2-0 with two Power 5 wins over Arizona and Utah.
Maybe I messed up; perhaps they should be higher.
I would have ranked Liberty higher, but they barely got by Troy over the weekend.
Yes, I still would love Hugh Freeze in Knoxville, but could you imagine him only scoring 21 points against tRoY. #firefreeze
Hate me if you want, but if Tennessee and Kentucky played this Saturday, the Vols would loose* by 10+.
24. Michigan State
Mel Tucker has the Spartans 2-0 with an impressive win over Northwestern to start the season.
23. North Carolina
The Tar Heels looked as bad as you could against Virginia Tech. However, Sam Howell scored five touchdowns to beat Georiga State 59-17.
Look for North Carolina to make their climb up my rankings with a very manageable schedule ahead.
22. Notre Dame
No way Notre Dame should be ranked any higher than 22. I debated not even putting them in my top-37.
21. Iowa State
Woof. What an atrocious start to the season for Matt Campbell and his Cyclones. They barely squeaked past North Iowa in the season opener and lost to Iowa by 10. Easy schedule the rest of the way, but this team isn’t good.
Wisconsin opened with a 16-10 loss to Penn State in what will go down as one of the most boring games of the season. The Badgers have to get their rushing attack going if they want a chance this year.
19. Arizona State
I had to put them somewhere after starting 2-0. Lose to BYU this weekend, and the Sun Devils probably drop out of the 37.
Folks are sleeping on Auburn. No, I don’t think they are SEC West Champions good, but I believe they will play with most teams on the schedule.
Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter might be the best running back duo in the SEC. If the Tigers can lean on them, they might have a great season.
Yes, Texas was an overrated sorry ass team. But, a win is a win.
Arkansas was dead in the water as a few years ago, and Sam Pittman comes in and wins over Texas. That’s big time.
Michigan is one of those name brands that always tricks the AP voters. However, for some reason, the AP hates on them with a ranking of 25.
Michigan has only given up 24 points on the season, and the offense doesn’t appear to suck.
15. Virginia Tech
It’s hard to get up for an inferior opponent after beating a top-10 team. So, I’m not holding the 35-14 wins over MTSU against them.
Here’s another ACC team with a weak schedule that could make a run at the college football playoff.
14. Texas A&M
Who knows what happens to this team if quarterback Haynes King is out for an extended amount of time. But, traveling to play another Power 5 opponent early in the season counts for something, especially when you win.
13. Ole Miss
“But, they beat a terrible Lousiville team. Kiffin is never coming back here; get over it.”
I can hear it now, but I think Ole Miss is much improved from last season. Their defense flies around the field, and the offense can score with anyone.
12. Coastal Carolina
Once again, Jamey Chadwell has one of the best offenses in college football. According to advanced stats through the first two weeks, the Chanticleers have the most scoring opportunities and the second most success rate on offense.
I’m not saying this to hate on Josh Heupel, but why Tennessee didn’t give this guy a chance will forever haunt me.
Maybe too high, but Chip Kelly is wearing a visor again, and that’s where he’s at his best.
UCLA has generated nearly 900 yards of total offense in two games with just one turnover.
10. Ohio State
I should have known Ohio State wasn’t that good after struggling with Minnesota to start the season.
If it wasn’t for the injury to Mohamed Ibrahim, the Gophers might have won that game.
Ohio State has too much talent not to bounce back and finish the season as a top-10 team.
Maybe I’m a little too tough on the Tigers, but they looked awful against Georgia.
The good thing for Clemson fans is there is no reason they should drop outside of the top-10 with the weakest schedule in college football.
8. Penn State
I have no clue how to judge Penn State yet. It always seems like James Franklin has luck on his side.
The game on Saturday against Auburn should tell us a little more.
It’s time to stop being scared about ranking Cincinnati high. They can score on just about anyone and have a great chance at going undefeated with one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
Desmond Ridder is 34-for-47 with a 72.3% completion percentage for 538 yards through two games.
Florida might not be as good as the teams coached by Urban Meyer, but they are better than people are saying.
Maybe it’s just Vol fans trying to have hope, but there is no chance Tennessee stays in that game.
Now, Florida is probably about to get embarrassed by Alabama this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a good team.
Florida’s Anthony Richardson is one of the most dynamic players in college football. Richardson has 11 rushing attempts for 275 with two touchdowns. He’s also thrown for two touchdowns on 11 passing attempts.
All the talk in the preseason was about how Oklahoma’s defense was much better this season. So far, that hasn’t been the case despite pitching a shutout to Western Carolina.
However, their offense is once again one of the most potent offenses in the nation.
It’s hard to keep Iowa out of the top-4 right now. They have two Power 5 wins this season, with one being on the road at Iowa State.
The Hawkeyes always seem to be good, but can they be great? So far, they have and deserve the fourth spot.
This season, the most impressive win goes to Oregon after going into Ohio State and controlling the whole game.
I was completing wrong about the Ducks, and for that, I’m giving them the credit they deserve.
If the season ended today, they would be a playoff team.
The Georgia defense looks scary. It could quite possibly be the best defense Kirby Smart has had in his time at UGA.
Can they score, though? We won’t know that for a while. But it doesn’t matter if you never let your opponents score.
It’s Alabama…what more is there to say?