Week 2 2016 NCAA College Football Power Rankings

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 12, 2016

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The Alabama Crimson Tide may not had that dominating game, but the Crismon Tide is led by a freshman in Jalen Hurts. Without further ado, here is the debut of the college football power rankings.

10. Michigan State Spartans: Michigan State had the week off, so I'm keeping them at the No. 10 spot. This weekend, they travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame in primetime.

9. Iowa Hawkeyes: With the CyHawk trophy on display, the Hawkeyes have a tough test this week. They square off against North Dakota State. The Hawkeyes are the favorites, but weird things can happen in CFB. If Iowa can put up more than 42 points like they did against Iowa State, then they should be able to stay in these rankings next week.

8. Washington Huskies: Washington is coming into this season with a lot of excitement, and they are living up to that hype. Yes, they did beat Idaho and Rutgers, but it's good to see that happen. Portland State offers some challenge this weekend. Maybe the Huskies could move up in these rankings next week.

7. Stanford Cardinals: Stanford had the bye week, but they get a visit from USC.

6. Houston Cougars: In a few days, Houston has it's first challenging AAC game against a future Big 12 team in Cincinnati. Greg Ward Jr. is expected to be back after resting his shoulder injury this past weekend.

5. Michigan Wolverines: Michigan hasn't had that real test this season. The Wolverines have scored 114 points combined in their first two games. I know they continue their "out of conference" games against Colorado this weekend. But, when October 1st rolls around, they have to play Wisconsin. That to me will be their first real test of the young college football season.

4. Florida State Seminoles: FSU became the real FSU this past weekend, and that's bad news for college football. A 52-8 beating against Charleston Southern has the Noles looking great against Louisville this weekend in their first ACC game. A win in that matchup keeps them in the top five after they defeated Ole Miss on Labor Day.

3. Clemson Tigers: Scary moment huh! The Tigers played a trap game against Troy and managed to win by six points. That's no excuse, and it's a reason they dropped a few spots in many power rankings this weekend. Still, this is a top three team, but as the old saying goes "a win is a win."

2. Ohio State Buckeyes: The Buckeyes looked that darn impressive and might be playing some best football right now. However, they travel to Norman this weekend to play the Oklahoma Sooners in primetime. It's the most important game for not only the Buckeyes but for J.T. Barrett, who could be a Heisman contender if he manages to have a big game.

1. Alabama Crismon Tide: With the Clemson Tide being the beat team in college football, they need to focus on Ole Miss. To give a history lesson here, Ole Miss has won the last two games against the Crismon Tide. Nick Saban needs to get his guys on check for them to beat the Rebels this coming weekend.