After proving they deserve the Associated Press (AP) top ranking last week, defeating then third-ranked Florida State (0-1) in 24-7 slugfest, Alabama (1-0) gets a bit of a breather this week.
But knowing head coach Nick Saban and his infamous intensity, the Crimson Tide won’t be taking unranked Fresno State (1-0) lightly. After all, the Bulldogs did put a 66-0 beatdown on Incarnate Word (0-1) to open their season – but they’ll need a true miracle to upset Alabama.
According to online sportsbook Bovada, the Tide will hold a massive advantage as 44-point home favorites.
The number two team in the land, per the AP, is Ohio State (1-0), after head coach Urban Meyer notched a 49-21 victory over Indiana (0-1).
This week, the competition ramps up considerably though, as the Buckeyes host fifth-ranked Oklahoma (1-0). The Sooners destroyed their opening week foe, burying UTEP (0-1) in a 56-7 rout.
With both teams in fine form, this Big Ten vs. Big 12 matchup pits a pair of teams with College Football Playoff aspirations against one another in an early season-defining contest.
With the game being played in Columbus, the Buckeyes hold the edge as 7.5-point home favorites.
In the wake of Clemson (1-0) rolling Kent (0-1) in a 56-3 demolition, the defending national champions moved up two spots in the rankings. Hosting 13th-ranked Auburn (1-0) in a battle of the Tigers, Clemson will face its first true test in this year’s title defense.
Auburn had little trouble with an overmatched Georgia Southern (0-1) squad last week, downing the Eagles by a score of 41-7.
Once again, two teams looking to make a playoff push square off in Week 2, with only one Tiger team emerging with a spotless record.
The linemakers at Bovada like Clemson at home, installing the champs as 6-point favorites.
Fourth-ranked Penn State (1-0) hosts an intrastate battle against unranked Pittsburgh, following last week’s 52-0 whitewashing of Akron (0-1). As for Pittsburgh, needing overtime to outlast lightweight Youngstown (0-1) in a tight 28-21 affair doesn’t inspire much confidence that the Panthers can upset the Nittany Lions.
Accordingly, Penn State is favored at home by a full 21 points in this one.
Sixth-ranked USC (1-0) struggled out of the gate last week, sitting tied with would-be walkover Western Michigan (0-1) after three quarters, before using a late offensive outburst to escape with a 49-31 win.
This lackluster performance prompted the AP to drop the Trojans two spots in the rankings, but they’ll have a chance to impress the pollsters this week facing 14th-ranked Stanford (1-0).
The Cardinal had no such troubles with Rice (0-1), winning convincingly by a 62-7 margin last week.
With a chance to take the inside track to the Pac-12 conference title, both teams will bring their best to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Saturday. Even so, the bookmakers like USC as 6-point home favorites following an impressive eight-game winning streak to close last season.
Coming off a 33-17 win over then 17th-ranked Florida (0-1), eighth-ranked Michigan (1-0) battles unranked Cincinnati (1-0), who enjoyed a 26-14 win over Austin Peay (0-1).
With the game being played in the “Big House” of Michigan Stadium, the Wolverines are tabbed as huge 35-point home favorites.
Rounding out the AP Top-10, ninth-ranked Wisconsin (1-0) hosts Florida Atlantic (0-1) as major 32-point home favorites, which makes sense after last week’s 59-10 destruction of Utah State (0-1).
And 10th-ranked Florida State (0-1), the only winless team to make the AP Top-10, has a chance to rebound as 33.5-point home favorites over Louisiana Monroe (0-1).