College football rankings: Georgia takes the No. 1 by Alabama, Notre Dame falls sharply on CBS Sports 131

The schedule in week two almost always seems less exciting than the results we see on the field, and this year was no different as three top-10 teams all lost on the same day and the supposed best team in the country was sent to wire on the road as a 20-point favorite. But now that all the dust has settled, the picture at the top looks clearer than ever — and that picture paints the Georgia Bulldogs as the best team in the country.

Georgia took the No. 1 by Alabama in the latest edition of CBS Sports 131, a comprehensive ranking of every FBS team. Our voters, a panel comprised of college football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports, moved Georgia ahead of Ohio State for the No. 2 seed after the Bulldogs’ impressive season-opening win against Oregon. After the Crimson Tide escaped with a 20-19 win against Texas on Saturday, Georgia’s trip to No. 1 was complete as the Bulldogs are the unanimous no. 1 entering its third week.

The reaction to Alabama’s upset at the hands of the Longhorns nearly cost them two spots in the rankings; a razor-thin margin separates the Crimson Tide from Ohio State at No. 3. Michigan and Oklahoma are the next teams at No. 4 and no. 5, respectively, with USC making a move up four spots to No. 6 after its impressive win at Stanford.

Kentucky made one of the biggest moves into the top 25, jumping 13 spots to No. 10 after a road win at Florida. Notable downward moves included massive drops for Notre Dame (from No. 8 to No. 40) and Texas A&M (from No. 7 to No. 33), but of course those upsets also had positive results in the rankings for Marshall (up 39 .spot to No. 32) and Appalachian State (up 19 spots to No. 25). For more on the biggest week-to-week adjustments on CBS Sports 131 this week, check out the Mover’s Report below the top 25 table.

College football experts from CBS Sports and 247Sports contribute ballots each week, which are averaged together for our rankings. You can see the top 25 below and 26-127 on our rankings page.

1 Georgia 2-0 2
2 Alabama 2-0 1
3 Ohio State 2-0 3
4 Michigan 2-0 4
5 Oklahoma 2-0 5
6 USC 2-0 10
7 Clemson 2-0 6
8 BYU 2-0 21
9 Arkansas 2-0 12
10 Kentucky 2-0 23
11 Oklahoma State 2-0 16
12 Tennessee 2-0 22
13 Miami 2-0 15
14 Michigan State 2-0 19
15 Penn State 2-0 18
16 NC State 2-0 17
17 Utah 1-1 13
18 Baylor 1-1 9
19 Be a miss 2-0 27
20 Florida 1-1 11
21 Wake Forest 2-0 26
22 TEXAS 1-1 28
23 Mississippi State 2-0 32
24 Cincinnati 1-1 25
25 Appalachian State 1-1 44

The biggest movers

  • No. 32 Marshall (+39): Charles Huff has led the Thundering Herd into the Sun Belt era of the program with a bang, declaring Marshall’s plans to be among the top teams in the league with an upset win at Notre Dame.
  • No. 29 Washington State (+33): The Cougars walked into Wisconsin’s home and beat the Badgers in their style of play. Now 2-0 with a big road win on the horizon, Washington State becomes a tantalizing addition to the top of the Pac-12.
  • No. 25 Appalachian State (+19): It’s an odd profile to line up with a 63-61 home loss to North Carolina and a 17-14 upset win on the road at Texas A&M. What is certain, however, is that this team doesn’t belong outside the top 30 after showing its ability to compete against Power Five competition in both a high-scoring shooting game and a low-scoring defensive battle. low.
  • No. 8 BYU (+13): With two top players, BYU quarterback Jaren Hall found a way to make enough plays to lead the Cougars to a 26-20 double-overtime win against Baylor. Next up is a big challenge to BYU’s fledgling status as one of the top teams in the country, traveling to Eugene for a road test against Oregon.
  • No. 10 Kentucky (+13): The Wildcats defense had all the answers for Anthony Richardson and staked their claim as the second-best team in the SEC East with a tough road win at Florida.
  • No. 37 Wisconsin (-23): Wisconsin’s preseason rankings were based on the belief that this would be another year of consistency from the Badgers. But with a home loss to Washington State and no FBS wins to their name, it’s hard to say that “consistency” is enough to rank Wisconsin as a top-30 team in mid-September.
  • No. 33 Texas A&M (-26): Through two games, there is very little to get excited about for Texas A&M, a team that is still loaded with talent and has a defense that will allow the Aggies to stay competitive against even the SEC’s toughest foes. But until the offense starts to find its rhythm, it will be very difficult to consider Texas A&M a serious threat to win its division.
  • 40 Notre Dame (-32): An 0-2 start and a battered quarterback has left Notre Dame in a tough spot looking at the remainder of a schedule that includes three teams currently ranked in the CBS Sports 131 top 10 — USC, Clemson and BYU.

Check out the rest of CBS Sports 131: Teams ranked 26-131

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