SQ College Football Power Rankings Week 2

The first week of the college football season was nothing short of exhilarating, and it has fans looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring. Teams revealed just how over or underrated they truly are, so here is some perspective as to where that should leave teams heading into the second week of the season with our power rankings.


1. Ohio State

Preseason SQ Rank: 1

Coaches Poll Rank: 1


Ohio State showed just how dominant it can be in 2015, even when it's missing four players. The Buckeyes' explosive offensive attack, led by Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller, put up a combined 572 yards of total offense against a Virginia Tech team that was supposed to have one of the better defenses in 2015. There's no doubt OSU stays No. 1 this week.

2. Alabama

Preseason SQ Rank: 2

Coaches Poll Rank: 2

The Crimson Tide will always have a top-5 team as long as Nick Saban is around. Jake Coker finally took the reins of the starting QB job, commanding an offense that looked just as powerful as its ever been. Derek Henry bulldozed his way to 147 yards rushing, while the defense allowed just 268 total yards. 

3. TCU

Preseason SQ Rank: 3

Coaches Poll Rank: 3

TCU didn't look as explosive as it did when last season ended, but that was because of a stingy Minnesota defense that kept fighting. Trevone Boykin looked good under center (26/42, 246 yards passing and one touchdown), but he still has plenty of room for improvement in the passing game. However, that should be fixed this week as the Horned Frogs take on Stephen F. Austin.

4. Michigan State

Preseason SQ Rank: 4

Coaches Poll Rank: 6

The Spartans faced a decent mid-major non-conference opponent last week in Western Michigan, coming away with a 37-24 victory, but will get a real test this week against Oregon. The defense looked a little shaky against the pass, giving up 365 yards, and needs to improve this week against the high-flying Ducks offense.

5. Baylor

Preseason SQ Rank: 5

Coaches Poll Rank: 4

It doesn't matter who Art Briles inserts at quarterback; the Bears will have plenty of production. Seth Russell is now the signal caller of the Baylor offense and looked exceptional against SMU (376 passing yards, five touchdowns), but needs to improve on his accuracy after he completed just 50% of his passes.

6. Auburn

Preseason SQ Rank: 6

Coaches Poll Rank: 7

Jeremy Johnson really struggled against Louisville, throwing for just 137 yards and three interceptions. However, the ground game was able to do enough, with the team rushing for 190 yards and two scores. The defense is still improving under Will Muschamp, doing better against the pass as opposed to the run - the team gave up 167 passing yards and 238 rushing yards. This team still needs to improve before its SEC slate begins next week at LSU.

7. Oregon

Preseason SQ Rank: 7

Coaches Poll Rank: 5


There was definitely a noticeable difference without Marcus Mariota as the Oregon quarterback in the first week of the season, but Vernon Adams held his own against Eastern Washington. Oregon's defense needs to shape up after giving up 42 points and 438 passing yards last weekend if it's going to stand a chance against Michigan State this week.


8. Ole Miss

Preseason SQ Rank: 8

Coaches Poll Rank: 14

Coming into the season, it was expected that the Ole Miss defense would be one of the best in the country, but nobody expected the offense to come out flying. The Rebels put up a stunning 76 points, while giving up just three to Tennessee-Martin. Of course, that was an insignificant FCS opponent, but it's still impressive nonetheless.

9. USC

Preseason SQ Rank: 9

Coaches Poll Rank: 10

USC was able to put up an impressive offensive performance, putting up 55 points. However, the offensive line needs immediate improvement after giving up five sacks against Arkansas State. Cody Kessler is the key to this offense, but he can't help the Trojans if he's constantly pressured or sacked.

10. Georgia

Preseason SQ Rank: 10

Coaches Poll Rank: 9

As expected, Georgia leaned heavily on its run game, with the three-headed monster of Nick Chubb, Keith Marshall and Sony Michel combining for 234 yards. Even though the Bulldogs put up 51 points, there's a stat that shows that Georgia's offense could need some improvement. According to bcftoys.com, Georgia's offense only gained 54.5% of its available yards, compared to Tennessee who gained 71.8% of its available yards against a similar opponent in Bowling Green.

11. Florida State

Preseason SQ Rank: 11

Coaches Poll Rank: 8

Everett Golson looked phenomenal in his Florida State debut, completing 76% of his passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Dalvin Cook also contributed 156 yards on the ground for the Seminoles as they blew past Texas State, 59-16. Look for the Seminoles to continue its offensive dominance against USF this weekend.

12. UCLA

Preseason SQ Rank: 23

Coaches Poll Rank: 13


Our biggest mover in the SQ Poll, UCLA looked fantastic in its season-opener against Virginia. Josh Rosen, didn't look like a freshman at all, and could be a possible Heisman contender if can put up 300-yards passing on a weekly basis.

13. Notre Dame

Preseason SQ Rank: 15

Coaches Poll Rank: 11

Notre Dame made a lot of noise when it beat up Texas 38-3 in the first week of the season. Malik Zaire passed the eye-test in this game (313 passing yards, three touchdowns) and the defense looked as lockdown as it did in the 2012 season, giving up a total of just 163 total yards. This is definitely a team that could hop into the top-5 very soon.

14. Georgia Tech

Preseason SQ Rank: 14

Coaches Poll Rank: 16

Georgia Tech's option offense just ran right through helpless Alcorn State, putting up 476 rushing yards. Running back Marcus Marshall stole the show with 184 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries. Putting up 69 points in the first game of the season is always a good way to start off hot.

15. Clemson

Preseason SQ Rank: 12

Coaches Poll Rank: 12

Clemson completely out-matched Wofford last week, winning 49-10. The offense combined for 533 total yards, while the defense gave up just 213 yards. Clemson will look to do much of the same against Appalachian State this week.

16. LSU

Preseason SQ Rank: 13

Coaches Poll Rank: 15

It's a shame that LSU's first game was rained out because the Tigers really could've used a warm-up game before they hit the road against Mississippi State this week. LSU really needs to come out of the gates strong to win this game.


17. Arkansas

Preseason SQ Rank: 20

Coaches Poll Rank: 18


Arkansas may have had the most impressive offensive performance of all last week, gaining 96.2% of its available yards (according to bcftoys.com). QB Brandon Allen was outstanding, completing 14 of 18 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. The defense was just as good, allowing U TEP to gain just 25.6% of its available yards.

18. Mississippi State

Preseason SQ Rank: 18

Coaches Poll Rank: Not Ranked

Mississippi State's defense has to improve if it's going to compete for the SEC title this season. The Bulldogs were almost out-gained by Southern Miss, allowing 413 yards on defense. Facing LSU this weekend should show where Mississippi State stands in the pack.

19. Oklahoma

Preseason SQ Rank: 19

Coaches Poll Rank: 17

Oklahoma looked like a much different team than it did a year ago in its first game against Akron. The offense looked a lot better with Baker Mayfield under center (388 passing yards, three touchdowns), while the defense thwarted nearly every drive Akron had, allowing the Zips to score just three points and gain 226 yards. This week's matchup against Tennessee is definitely one to watch.

20. Texas A&M

Preseason SQ Rank: 21

Coaches Poll Rank: 19


After coming into the season unranked in both the AP and Coaches Poll, the Aggies upset Arizona State in a big way. Texas A&M showed all of those who doubted it why it should be a top-20 team, defeating the Sun Devils, 38-17. The defense showed a lot of improvement in its first game under new defensive coordinator John Chavis, allowing under 200 yards passing and just 92 yards rushing.

21. Tennessee

Preseason SQ Rank: 22

Coaches Poll Rank: 23

There's a lot of hype surrounding the Butch Jones-led squad this season, and Tennessee answered nicely with a 59-30 win over Bowling Green. Running the ball looks like it will be a real strength for the Vols this season as Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara combined for 267 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

22. Missouri

Preseason SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 21

Missouri wasn't overly impressive in its 34-3 win over Southeast Missouri State, but after getting to back-to-back SEC title games, it's hard to doubt this team. The offense isn't going to wow you, but the defense will do enough to keep the Tigers in the game.

23. Boise State

Preseason SQ Rank: 25

Coaches Poll Rank: 22

What a way to start the season by beating former coach Chris Petersen's Washington Huskies 16-13. Boise State has another interesting matchup this weekend against BYU, and if the Broncos can get past the Cougars with a win, they could win-out the rest of the season.

24. Arizona

Preseason SQ Rank: Not Ranked

Coaches Poll Rank: 20

Arizona won a closer than expected contest against UTSA, 42-32, last weekend. The Wildcats' defense has to improve against the run if it hopes to beat Nevada this week after they gave up 193 rushing yards to UTSA. Losing Scooby Wright III on defense certainly hurts and could hinder the team the next couple weeks.

25. Wisconsin

Preseason SQ Rank: 17

Coaches Poll Rank: 24

Losing to Alabama isn't really a bad loss, especially to start the season. Wisconsin still has plenty of time to improve its record and ranking when it plays against a weaker Big Ten conference. Expect to see Wisconsin back in the top-20 soon.


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