TEXAS, Sporting Alert – Texas A&M, Utah and Mississippi State have all been rewarded for their Week 1 performances after finding their way in the latest AP College Football Top 25 rankings on Tuesday.
The new ranking release saw 10 teams from the SEC claiming spots in top 25.
As expected, defending national champion Ohio State remains the No. 1 team in the country after easily putting away Virginia Tech 42-24 in their season opener on the road on Monday night.
The Buckeyes, who picked up its 14th successive victory with the win over the Hokies on Monday night, collected 61 first-place votes for a total of 1,525 points and continue to lead the nation in the rankings.
Alabama is the new No. 2 ranked team in the country after the Crimson Tide replaced TCU behind Ohio State with 1,420 points.
TCU dropped one place to No. 3, while Baylor and Michigan State retained their respective places at No. 4 and No. 5.
Auburn, Oregon, and USC are again ranked 6th through 8th, but Notre Dame moved two places up to No. 9 from No. 11 last week and Georgia dropped one place to No. 10.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M, which started the season outside the top 25, climbed to No. 16 after the impressive victory over No. 15 Arizona State on Saturday.
Utah, another team to watch this season, is also into the AP top 25, jumping to No. 24, while Mississippi State enters Week 2 fixtures as the No. 25 ranked team in the country.
Arizona State (15), Wisconsin (20) and Stanford (21) all dropped from the rankings this week.
Despite knocking off a top 25 ranked team, Northwestern will have to wait for another time to see if they will break into the notable rankings.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings – Week 2
1 Ohio State (61)
5 Michigan State
9 Notre Dame
11 Florida State
15 Georgia Tech
16 Texas A&M
20 Boise State
25 Mississippi State
Dropped from rankings: Arizona State 15, Wisconsin 20, Stanford 21
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, BYU 74, Northwestern 72, Arizona State 49, Oklahoma State 30, West Virginia 23, Temple 8, Florida 8, Cincinnati 7, Kansas State 7, Minnesota 5, NC State 4, Louisville 4, Western Kentucky 3, California 2, Stanford 1