With last week’s ranking in parentheses:
1. Oregon (1): Still winning big, but offensive line injuries are a concern.
2. Florida State (2): Can Jameis Winston remove himself from Heisman candidacy based on off-field incidents alone? He’s off to a good start.
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3. Oklahoma (3): Trip to Morgantown on Saturday could be dicey.
4. Alabama (4): Southern Miss won’t be applying for SEC membership any time soon after 40-point shellacking.
5. LSU (6): Should hammer Mississippi State this week.
6. Texas A&M (9): The Legend of Kenny Trill continues to grow.
7. Auburn (7): Feels like a Tigers blowout coming in Manhattan on Thursday.
8. Baylor (10): Points, points, points, etc.
9. UCLA (11): Richard Gerald Neuheisel III, come on down!
10. Notre Dame (13): Purdue scored two more touchdowns against Irish than Michigan did.
11. Michigan State (12): Battle of Michigans this week with Eastern coming to town.
12. Arizona State (14): Losing Taylor Kelly for Sept. 25 game against UCLA is disappointing development.
13. Mississippi (16): Gradual buildup to game against Alabama, with a bye this week, then Memphis.
14. Wisconsin (17): Yawn.
15. Kansas State (18): Statement time for the Wildcats with high-scoring Auburn coming to town.
16. South Carolina (24): That final measurement against Georgia was thisclose.
17. Georgia (5): … and it cost the Bulldogs 12 spots.
18. Stanford (19): Might be a little harder to sneak past the Ducks this year.
19. Clemson (20): Can play spoiler in Tallahassee against FSU on Saturday.
20. Missouri (21): Tigers will bring more shame to the Big Ten by pummeling Indiana this week.
21. Ohio State (22): Golden Flashes of Kent State were neither golden nor flashy in 66-0 loss.
22. Brigham Young (23): The undefeated dream lives on after close call against Houston.
23. Nebraska (NR): There was a time when Miami at Nebraska would have been must-see TV. Not quite this year.
24. North Carolina (25): Tar Heels are off for two consecutive weeks. Huh.
25. USC (8): The Trojans allowed 452 yards rushing to Boston College. And rushed for 20 yards themselves. That is not good.
1. Oregon (1): Trap game in Pullman this weekend? Probably not.
2. UCLA (3): Lazy decision by writers of “The Drive” to go to “backup-QB-turned-hero” plot twist so early in the season.
3. Arizona State (4): Backup QB Mike Bercovici will try to pull a Neuheisel.
4. Stanford (10): If Army’s offense can’t score against Cardinal, who can?
5. Washington (9): Can’t prove a whole lot this week against Georgia State, but big margin of victory will be expected.
6. Arizona (6): Navigated “meh” nonconference schedule undefeated.
7. California (5): A win this week in Tucson would amplify feel-good start to the season.
8. Oregon State (7): With injuries to Brett Hundley and Taylor Kelly, Beavers have to feel good about having big-time, healthy QB as schedule heads toward Pac-12 play.
9. Utah (8): Big test at Michigan this week.
10. Washington State (11): Think of how many points Rutgers could score on Portland State.
11. Colorado (12): Only losing to ASU by 14 constitutes an improvement.
12. USC (2): When you get outrushed by 432 yards at Boston College, you get to come in last in the power rankings, no matter your ranking in the national top 25.