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Miami Hurricanes Poll Watch: The AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after Week Two of College Football

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The Miami Hurricanes’ shaky win drops them from 22 to 24 in the AP Top 25.

Appalachian State v Miami Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

I know we’re all still shaking our heads about last night. Even the Hail Mary play by Jacksonville State against a certain team in Florida didn’t help (sort of). But if this weekend taught us anything, it’s that Miami has a long way to go before becoming the team they want to be.

Throughout the landscape of the rest of college football, Saturday was full of some wild victories and significant losses. Two top 10 teams suffered major upsets and plenty of other ranked schools were taken to the edge by lower-ranked or unranked opponents. The Ohio State Buckeyes lost at home for the first time since 2017. The Oregon Ducks showed no fear and ran their way into one of the bigger wins of the weekend. They also helped put the Pac-12 back into the College Football Playoff conversation.

The Georgia Bulldogs proved that no JT Daniels was no problem. Stetson Bennett helped Georgia sail to a 56-7 win against the UAB Blazers. Speaking of quarterback play, the Florida Gators’ Anthony Richardson, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s Tyler Buchner, and the Texas Longhorns’ Casey Thompson all showed some promise when they called in for action.

When it comes to the college football playoffs, four teams have accounted for a combined 20 of the 28 possible College Football Playoff appearances since 2014. The Alabama Crimson Tide, the Clemson Tigers, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Oklahoma Sooners are those teams. Already this year, two of those four teams have already have lost. Alabama at No. 1 and Georgia at No. 2 makes complete sense. But with the Cincinnati Bearcats going into halftime with a tie with Murray State before winning 42-7, Oklahoma looking unbalanced against Tulane last week, and the Iowa State Cyclones losing, the search for other dominant teams in college football is still on. If this shaky trend continues throughout the season, we can see a few new names in the shuffle of those power 4 teams in the CFP.

There’s more to get into from this weekend, including Miami’s sloppy win against Appalachian State. But before we dissect how that disaster affected the Canes’ standing in the polls, let’s see how everyone else fared.

Coaches Poll

Mercer v Alabama Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Georgia Bulldogs

3. Oklahoma Sooners

4. Oregon Ducks

5. Texas A&M Aggies

6. Clemson Tigers

7. Iowa Hawkeyes

8. Cincinnati Bearcats

9. Florida Gators

10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

11. Ohio State Buckeyes

12. Penn State Nittany Lions

13. UCLA Bruins

14. Iowa State Cyclones

15. Virginia Tech Hokies

16. Ole Miss Rebels

17. Wisconsin Badgers

18. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

19. North Carolina Tar Heels

20. Auburn Tigers

21. Arizona State Sun Devils

22. Oklahoma State Cowboys

23. BYU Cougars

24. Arkansas Razorbacks

25. Michigan Wolverines

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Miami 135; Southern California 99; Central Florida 65; Michigan State 63; Liberty 63; Texas Christian 57; Pittsburgh 52; Kentucky 50; Utah 41; Texas 36; Kansas State 28; Indiana 28; Louisiana State 26; Nevada 18; Boston College 14; Fresno State 13; Southern Methodist 10; Rutgers 10; UL Lafayette 9; San Diego State 9; Mississippi State 9; Army 9; Tulane 6; Maryland 6; San Jose State 5; NC State 5; Virginia 4; Marshall 4; Stanford 3; Air Force 3; Texas-San Antonio 1; Memphis 1; Boise State 1.

The AP Top 25

Iowa v Iowa State Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

2. Georgia Bulldogs

3. Oklahoma Sooners

4. Oregon Ducks

5. Iowa Hawkeyes

6. Clemson Tigers

7. Texas A&M Aggies

8. Cincinnati Bearcats

9. Ohio State Buckeyes

10. Penn State Nittany Lions

11. Florida Gators

12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

13. UCLA Bruins

14. Iowa State Cyclones

15. Virginia Tech Hokies

16. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

17. Ole Miss Rebels

18. Wisconsin Badgers

19. Arizona State Sun Devils

20. Arkansas Razorbacks

21. North Carolina Tar Heels

22. Auburn Tigers

23. Brigham Young Cougars

24. Miami Hurricanes

25. Michigan Wolverines

Other Teams Receiving Votes: UCF 111, TCU 103, Liberty 52, Michigan State 44, USC 39, Indiana 34, LSU 31, Kansas State 30, Nevada 28, Oklahoma State 27, Texas 23, Maryland 14, Pittsburgh 13, Kentucky 13, Stanford 10, Utah 9, Boston College 8, Arizona 6, Texas Tech 2, Fresno State 2, Toledo 2, Army 1

Analysis

Oregon v Ohio State Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images

Oregon proved that you can’t count out of the Pac-12 after one of the biggest wins of Saturday. The Pac-12 hasn’t been represented in the College Football Playoff in five years. But with the UCLA Bruins defeating the LSU Tigers in Week 1 and Oregon stunning Ohio State 35-28 on Saturday, things could change. Oregon entered the game as a staggering 15-point underdog. Even more impressive, their top defenders Kayvon Thibodeaux and Justin Flowe didn’t play. Oregon looked in control and ready to go during the 35-28 victory. The Ducks’ running back CJ Verdell rushed for 161 yards, had 34 yards receiving, and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Anthony Brown also sliced through Ohio State’s pass defense for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns. Oregon shot to 4 in the polls and OSU dropped to 9.

In other matchups, Alabama destroyed Mercer 48-18 (yes, Mercer scored more points on them than Miami). A week after Notre Dame escaped the Florida State Seminoles and Talleshasse with a 41-38 overtime win, they looked overrated again. Brian Kelly’s squad only beat Toledo 32-29. Notre Dame turned the ball over three times, including one fumble that came with under four minutes left in the game. The Irish responded with a touchdown to take the lead and eventually won the game. But, they did not look good at all (again). The Irish fell all the way to 12 in the AP.

If yesterday was a preview of the Longhorns’ entrance to the SEC, Texas has some thinking to do. The Arkansas Razorbacks, a team near the bottom of the SEC West (and which struggled against Rice a week ago), completely deconstructed Texas. Arkansas ran for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns in their 40-21 win. Texas Quarterback Hudson Card was also benched after his first 15 pass attempts. The loss kicked Texas out of the polls and moved Arkansas to 20 in the AP.

Speaking of the SEC, Florida beat USF 42-20. Even though freshman quarterback, Anthony Richardson, was only on the field for 113 plays, he threw for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns, rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, and out-gained starter Emory Jones (35 plays) in both categories. The Gators take on Alabama next week. We’ll see which quarterback plays for the number 11 team in the country (AP) vs. the number 1.

In the same conference, it took 57 minutes before Texas A&M to finally get a lead against the Colorado Buffaloes. The Aggies also lost their starting quarterback to injury during the game. The defense kept it close for backup QB Zach Calzada to muster a drive to take the lead. The Aggies dropped from 5 to 7 in the AP Top 25.

In a battle of top-ten teams, the Hawkeyes dominated the Cyclones in their 27-17 win. It was Iowa’s sixth consecutive victory over Iowa State and the Hawkeyes also extended their lead in the all-time series to 46-22. It was also the 12th game in a row that the Hawkeyes’ defense held an opponent under 25 points. Yesterday gave Iowa wins over back-to-back ranked opponents to start the season for the first time since 1960, after the team beat the Indiana Hoosiers last week. Iowa is the highest ranked team in the Big Ten at 5.

In another top 25 action, the USC Trojans fell 42-28 to the Stanford Cardinals. Stanford even held a 29-point lead at one point in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss, Auburn, UNC, Wisconsin, and plenty others also took care of business this weekend. They all moved up in the polls. USC dropped out completely.

And last but not least we have Miami. Let’s just say that the fact that the #HardRockCat is getting more press than them, tells you everything you need to know about yesterday’s game. Miami escaped with its first win of the year in a 25-23 victory vs. Appalachian State. The win doesn’t really feel like much after horrible performances in all three phases on the team. It’s painfully obvious that the Canes aren’t anywhere close to competing for something serious this season. D’Eriq King had 279 yards of total offense. But an average of 4.9 yards per play, against a Sun Belt opponent, is putrid. Defensively, the Hurricanes couldn’t stop the run all night long. With the Michigan State Spartans and a dangerous Virginia squad on the schedule between now and the end of the month, Manny Diaz doesn’t have much time to turn things around. Miami needed to win this game easily and big. But that’s not what happened. Miami dropped from 22 to 24 in the AP.