The 2023 college football season has already provided some fantastic games just a few weeks in. In week one, Florida State and LSU provided the entertainment in their top 10 matchup. In week two, Texas and Alabama took center stage.
If the Texas hype hadn’t already reached the stratosphere, it’s jumping into hyperspace after their 10-point win over the Tide.
It sets up the potential for an undefeated collision course when the Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners make the I-35 trek to Dallas to meet in the Cotton Bowl in a few weeks.
They’ll each have challenges to navigate, but Texas’ win gave the Red River Rivalry a little more juice.
Here’s a look at the College Football Power Rankings after week 2.
Texas A&M Aggies: Lost to Miami
Wisconsin Badgers: Lost to Washington State
Georgia Bulldogs (2-0)
Last Week: 1
Week 2 Result: Beat Ball State 45-3
This would have been the Oklahoma game for the Georgia Bulldogs. Instead, it was Ball State taking on the defending national champs. It was a lopsided affair as one would expect, but the Bulldogs get set to take on SEC East foe South Carolina in week 3.
Up Next: vs. South Carolina
Last Week: 4
Week 2 Result: Beat Southern Miss 66-13
The good times continued for Jordan Travis and Florida State in their huge win over Southern Miss. Up next, the Seminoles begin ACC play with a trip to Boston College.
Up Next: at Boston College
Texas Longhorns (2-0)
Last Week: 16
Week 2 Result: Beat Alabama 34-24
This was an absolutely huge win for the Texas Longhorns. Quinn Ewers played the best game of his career, and the Horns exacted revenge for last year’s loss in Austin. Texas looks like a legit contender in 2023.
Up Next: vs. Wyoming
Michigan Wolverines (2-0)
Last Week: 2
Week 2 Result: Beat UNLV 35-7
Nonconference play hasn’t really revealed anything about the Michigan Wolverines. They’re taking care of business but haven’t been tested yet. Get to Big Ten play already.
Up Next: vs. Bowling Green
Last Week: 7
Week 2 Result: Beat NC State 45-24
Sam Hartman kept his impressive start to the season going with 286 yards and four touchdowns in Notre Dame‘s win over NC State. The Fighting Irish offense is averaging 47.7 points per game through three weeks, good for 12th in the nation.
Up Next: vs. Central Michigan
Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)
Last Week: 6
Week 2 Result: Beat Delaware 63-7
Penn State ran for 315 yards and six touchdowns behind their impressive offensive line. Drew Allar was an efficient 22 of 26 on a day when the Nittany Lions didn’t need to do much.
Up Next: at Illinois
USC Trojans (3-0, 1-0)
Last Week: 10
Week 2 Result: Beat Stanford 56-10
USC’s offense continues to look more and more impressive by the day. The defense is getting better with each week. Can anyone stop the Trojans?
Up Next: Bye Week
Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0, 1-0)
Last Week: 5
Week 2 Result: Beat Youngstown State 35-7
Ohio State hasn’t looked all that impressive in their two wins, but they’re still a talented team. Marvin Harrison Jr. had seven receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He’s must-see television every week.
Up Next: Western Kentucky
Utah Utes (2-0)
Last Week: 8
Week 2 Result: Beat Baylor 20-13
Down going into the fourth quarter, the Utah Utes showed incredible resiliency to battle back and knock off the Baylor Bears in Waco. It hasn’t been pretty for the Utes to start the season, but that’s how they like it.
Up Next: vs. Weber State
Oregon Ducks (2-0)
Last Week: 12
Week 2 Result: Beat Texas Tech 38-30
Up Next: vs. Hawaii
Alabama Crimson Tide (1-1)
Last Week: 3
Week 2 Result: Lost to Texas 34-24
The Alabama Crimson Tide hadn’t lost a nonconference game in their last 57 contests in the regular season. Jalen Milroe was just 14 of 27 passing, and the Crimson Tide were held to 3.1 yards per carry.
Up Next: at South Florida
LSU Tigers (1-1)
Last Week: 9
Week 2 Result: Beat Grambling State 72-10
It’s an impressive margin of victory for LSU, but anything less against Grambling State would have been a disappointment. Jayden Daniels threw for 269 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
Up Next: at Mississippi State
Tennessee Volunteers (2-0)
Last Week: 11
Week 2 Result: Beat Austin Peay 30-13
One would expect the Tennessee Volunteers to win by a more significant margin against a team like Austin Peay. Regardless, it was a 17-point victory for Josh Heupel’s Volunteers.
Up Next: at Florida
Washington Huskies (2-0)
Last Week: 13
Week 2 Result: Beat Tulsa 43-10
Michael Penix’s 403 yards and three touchdowns paced the Washington Huskies in their win over Tulsa. This marked the final tune-up game of the season before Washington faces tougher challenges like this week with Michigan State.
Up Next: at Michigan State
Clemson Tigers (1-1)
Last Week: 14
Week 2 Result: Beat Charleston Southern 66-17
We’re not quite ready to dump the Clemson Tigers from the power rankings. After a slow start against Charleston Southern the Tigers turned it on for the blowout win. Dabo Swinney’s crew has a lot to prove.
Up Next: vs. Florida Atlantic
Kansas State Wildcats (2-0)
Last Week: 15
Week 2 Result: Beat Troy 42-13
Will Howard threw for three touchdowns and Phillip Brooks led the way with seven receptions, 94 yards, and a touchdown.
Up Next: at Missouri
Oregon State Beavers (2-0)
Last Week: 18
Week 2 Result: Beat UC Davis 55-17
Oregon State jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead and cruised to victory. D.J. Uigalelei didn’t have to do a whole lot in this one, only throwing for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Up Next: vs. San Diego State
Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
Last Week: 20
Week 2 Result: Beat SMU Mustangs
Though it became a three-point game in the fourth quarter, the Sooners never looked in danger of losing to SMU. Once the Mustangs made it a three-point game, the Sooners took over, outscoring SMU 14-0 to finish the game.
Up Next: at Tulsa
North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0)
Last Week: 19
Week 2 Result: Beat Appalachian State 40-34
It took overtime, but UNC held on to beat Appalachian State, which has been a thorn in the side of Power Five squads for years. Omarian Hampton ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way for the Tar Heels.
Up Next: vs. Minnesota
Ole Miss Rebels (2-0)
Last Week: 21
Week 2 Result: Beat Tulane 37-20
The Tulane Green Wave posed an intriguing matchup for Ole Miss and had a chance to be an upset in the making. It was a tie game going into the fourth quarter, but then the Rebels took over, outscoring Tulane 20-3 for the win.
Up Next: vs. Georgia Tech
Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
Last Week: 22
Week 2 Result: Beat Iowa State Cyclones
Up Next: Western Michigan
Colorado Buffaloes (2-0)
Last Week: 24
Week 2 Result: Beat Nebraska 36-14
It was a tight ball game at halftime, but then Shedeur Sanders took over in crunch time to give the Buffaloes their second win of the season. It’s a remarkable turnaround from their 1-win season a year ago.
Up Next: vs. Colorado State
Duke Blue Devils (2-0)
Last Week: 23
Week 2 Result: Beat Lafayette 42-7
Riley Leonard and Henry Belin combined to go a perfect 20 of 20 in the Blue Devils win over Lafayette.
Up Next: vs. Northwestern
Washington State Cougars (2-0)
Last Week: Unranked
Week 2 Result: Beat Wisconsin
Washington State made a statement with their 31-22 win over Wisconsin. The Cougars were up 24-9 at halftime, and the Badgers could never recover.
Up Next: vs. Northern Colorado
Miami Hurricanes (2-0)
Last Week: Unranked
Week 2 Result: Beat Texas A&M 48-38
The Miami Hurricanes earned a big win for Mario Cristobal over Texas A&M. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns.