AP Top 25: Projected Week 2 rankings, where Auburn will be entering LSU matchup

Gus Malzahn and the Tigers turn their attention to LSU after their Week 2 win. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Gus Malzahn and the Tigers turn their attention to LSU after their Week 2 win. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) /

The No. 7 Auburn football did what it was supposed to do Saturday in routing Alabama State and the Tigers should remain where they are in the AP Top 25.

The Tigers moved up in the polls after their Week 1 win against then-No. 6 Washington but with the teams in front of them winning Saturday, there shouldn’t be any movement toward the top of the AP poll when it’s released. Auburn beat Alabama State on Saturday, 63-9.

Each of the top 14 teams won in Week 2.

Here’s where we predicted Auburn will be in the AP Top 25 as well as the rest of the rankings:

Projected Week 2 AP Top 25 rankings

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Georgia
4. Ohio State
5. Wisconsin

The top five teams will be the same when the AP Top 25 is released. Alabama won big. Clemson survived a big-time scare from Texas A&M. Georgia looked impressive against South Carolina and Ohio State and Wisconsin earned easy victories. If anything, it’s likely we’ll see the Bulldogs close the gap slightly on Clemson. People already are clamoring for Alabama vs. Georgia in December in the SEC Championship Game. Not so fast.

6. Oklahoma
7. Auburn
8. Notre Dame
9. Stanford
10. Washington

Everyone loves Sooners QB Kyler Murray and with good reason. He’s fantastic and OU will be trouble this season. Auburn dismantled Alabama State and in doing so, revealed that it has some weapons around Jarrett Stidham. Stanford picked up a win against No. 17 USC and forced three turnovers and had four sacks in a 17-3 win.

11. LSU
12. Virginia Tech
13. Penn State
14. West Virginia
15. TCU
16. Mississippi State
17. UCF
18. Boise State
19. Michigan
20. Oregon
21. Miami
22. Oklahoma State
23. Texas A&M
24. Michigan State
25. USC

So a few takeways from 11 through 25:

  • LSU is still a bit of a mystery. The Tigers are 2-0 but weren’t overly impressive in beating Southeastern Louisiana. But we’ll find out quickly: LSU travels to Auburn this week.
  • Herm Edwards leads Arizona State to an upset of Michigan State with a final-play field goal. Maybe last week’s escape against Utah State was a sign the Spartans shouldn’t have been ranked that high.
  • Expect Mississippi State to get more love this week after beating Kansas State, 31-10. The Bulldogs are a good team but keep in mind that K-State beat South Dakota in Week 1 by three points by outscoring the Coyotes 15-0 in the fourth quarter.
  • Who voted the Gators into the top 25? Seriously. That was giving Dan Mullen way too much credit way too early. Many of the problems from last year remain. And, by the way, good for Kentucky ending that wretched 31-game losing streak.
  • Texas A&M jumps into the rankings despite losing. But that loss, a two-point thriller at Clemson, was a good loss. The Aggies look like trouble in the SEC West.