The voters in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll have a unique challenge to overcome in the 2020 season.
The polls released following each week of action will be absent several usual suspects, not because they’re undeserving, but because they’re not playing. So usual fixtures such as Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and others — all teams missing out as the Pac-12 and Big Ten postpone their seasons — will not be represented in each new poll of the season.
Even SEC teams, which will not begin play until Sept. 26, could throw a wrench in the early voting process.
That said, there was enough action this week to determine which teams deserve to be at the top of the rankings. No. 1 Clemson, for example, was overwhelmingly dominant behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence in a 37-13 win over the Demon Deacons. No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 8 Texas were similarly dominant against outmatched opponents in Missouri State and UTEP, respectively, winning by a combined score of 107-3.
Other teams, such as No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 11 North Carolina, showed there is room for improvement early in the season.
With that, here are the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after the Week 2 slate of games:
College football polls updated after Week 2
|Rank||Team||No. 1 votes||W-L|
Moved in*: Army; Baylor; App State; BYU; Louisiana; Kentucky; Miami; Tennessee; Louisville; Memphis
Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 96; Pittsburgh 81; West Virginia 59; Virginia 56; Texas Christian 56; Southern Methodist 25; Tulane 20; South Carolina 18; Boise State 15; Marshall 14; Arkansas St. 13; Mississippi State 12; Duke 12; Texas Tech 11; Mississippi 8; Coastal Carolina 8; Iowa State 6; North Texas 5; South Florida 3.
*refers only to teams that are playing this season