The Post’s college football rankings following Week 2.
1. Georgia (3-0) (Last week: 1)
Georgia’s 20th straight win was among the more difficult in this streak, the Bulldogs needing to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to get by South Carolina. Maybe it was a needed wake-up call after starting the season with two overwhelmed opponents.
2. Florida State (3-0) (2)
The Seminoles better hope this was an anomaly, their ugly 31-29 win at Boston College. They’ll need to play much better to leave Death Valley with a win next Saturday. Clemson has rebounded well from the loss to Duke with back-to-back blowout wins.
3. Michigan (3-0) (3)
Jim Harbaugh’s suspension is now up, and Michigan hardly needed him against the likes of East Carolina, UNLV and Bowling Green, which combined to score a grand total of 16 points.
4. Texas (3-0) (4)
Alabama hangover or not, what’s important is Texas woke up in time after sleeping through the first half against Wyoming.
5. Ohio State (3-0) (5)
The dress rehearsals are over with. Now it’s time to see where Ohio State stacks up, starting Saturday with a trip to Notre Dame.
6. Penn State (3-0) (6)
Iowa will provide the most resistance of any of Penn State’s opponents so far, which isn’t saying much. The Hawkeyes, though, are unlikely to be able to do more than scare the Nittany Lions, due to their pop-gun offense.
7. Washington (3-0) (7)
The Huskies have outscored their three opponents 140-36, and their easy road is unlikely to change over the next two weeks against non-Pac-12-contenders California and Arizona.
8. USC (3-0) (8)
The Trojans begin a stretch of three of the next four games on the road, starting Saturday at Arizona State and concluding with an Oct. 14 prime-time visit to Notre Dame. We’ll have a better feel for USC at that point.
9. Notre Dame (4-0) (10)
Saturday against Ohio State begins a gauntlet, four consecutive games against undefeated opponents. Duke, Louisville and USC follow th Buckeyes. If the Irish are undefeated after that, or only have one loss, we’ll know they’re for real.
10. Utah (3-0) (NR)
The Utes have managed to survive so far without star quarterback Cameron Rising, beating the likes of Florida and Baylor. As the Pac-12 schedule begins, it’s hard to see that continuing. Utah needs its quarterback, who is still working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered at the Rose Bowl.
Dropped out: Tennessee (2-1)
Heisman Watch (in alphabetical order)
QB Quinn Ewers, Texas: After his statement performance against Alabama, Ewers was quiet in a win over Wyoming, throwing for 131 yards and two scores. His most impressive stat so far this season: Zero interceptions.
QB Sam Hartman, Notre Dame: The numbers are impressive, 13 touchdown passes, 1,061 yards through the air and a 71.1 percent completion rate. But Hartman was brought to Notre Dame for days like next Saturday, when he will be on the big stage with Ohio State in town.
QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington: Right now, Penix isn’t just a Heisman contender. He’s one of the early favorites, already with 12 touchdown passes and 1,332 yards through the air in three brilliant performances.
QB Shedeur Sanders, Colorado: One of his top weapons, Travis Hunter, was out. Colorado was reeling, trailing Colorado State by 11 in the fourth quarter. It didn’t faze Sanders, who rallied the Buffaloes to victory with his second four-touchdown performance already this year.
QB Caleb Williams, USC: Only the bye week can slow down the front-runner to be taken No. 1 in April’s NFL draft.
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