AP Poll Week 2: Ohio State vs.Oklahoma a Top 5 Showdown

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17: Baker Mayfield
NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 17: Baker Mayfield /

Both Ohio State and Oklahoma are ranked in the Top 5 in the AP Poll heading into their showdown on Saturday.

Ohio State held onto the No. 2 ranking in this week’s AP Poll and Oklahoma moved up in the rankings. This makes Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and Sooners a Top 5 Showdown.

How great is that for the second game of the season. All eyes will be on this match-up as it will certainly have playoff implications.

Alabama proved worthy of the No. 1 ranking with a win over Florida State and retains the top spot.

Other teams in the Top 5 this week are Clemson (3) and Penn State (4). The Big Ten Conference has four teams ranked in the Top 10 as Michigan and Wisconsin are ranked 8 and 9 respectively.

 Here is a list of the Top 25 teams Week 2 of the AP Poll.

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Penn State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. USC
  7. Washington
  8. Michigan
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Florida State
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. LSU
  13. Auburn
  14. Stanford
  15. Georgia
  16. Miami, Fla.
  17. Louisville
  18. Virginia Tech
  19. Kansas State
  20. Washington State
  21. South Florida
  22. Florida
  23. TCU
  24. Notre Dame
  25. Tennessee

Of course the SEC leads all conferences with six ranked teams in the AP Poll as they usually do early in the season. The ACC still has five teams ranked and the Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12 all have four.

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Things may change at the top of the AP Poll next week as there are key games on tap this weekend involving other Top 5 teams. In addition to the Ohio State-Oklahoma game, Clemson plays Auburn and Penn State will take on Pittsburgh.

Here are questions I have when the two Tigers meet. Will Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant have another fine performance against a tough opponent? And is Auburn the real deal and a legitimate contender for the SEC West Division title?

About the battle for Pennsylvania bragging rights, I never downplay a rivalry game because so often strange things just happen.

On the surface it would appear that Penn State should defeat Pittsburgh easily. But if the Panthers can slow down the Nittanly Lions’ high powered offense and keep the game close into the fourth quarter, could they pull off the upset?

Next: Big Ten Observations: Who's Hot, Who's Not in Week 1?

There are other good games on tap this weekend as well so I’m sure the rankings will be shaken up somewhat next week. I’ll see you then and take a look at the Week 3 AP Top 25.