College football rankings will be impacted by Alabama surviving Texas in Austin in Week 2.
With Alabama needing a last-second field goal to beat Texas in Austin, you better believe college football rankings will be impacted accordingly.
While No. 1 Alabama will still be ranked very high entering Week 3, Texas more than gave the Crimson Tide a game. Although we may have been sleeping on the Longhorns a bit, the Crimson Tide may not be the team we all thought they would be at the start of the season. Did the Georgia Bulldogs break them in January? Regardless, it is hard to envision Alabama still being ranked No. 1.
Of course, the Associated Press could have a wide array of opinions stemming from this game…
Projected college football rankings after Alabama holds off Texas
Here is what the top 10 of the AP Top 25 Poll could look like once it is released Sunday afternoon.
- Georgia Bulldogs
- Alabama Crimson Tide
- Ohio State Buckeyes
- Michigan Wolverines
- Clemson Tigers
- Texas A&M Aggies
- Oklahoma Sooners
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- Baylor Bears
- USC Trojans
Given that Georgia clobbered Oregon in Week 1 and will take care of business vs. FCS Samford, the Dawgs should be able to leapfrog Alabama to the top spot like Darnell Washington did over that poor Ducks defender. They were able to move up to No. 2 from No. 3 after looking better than Ohio State the previous week. With Georgia beating Alabama in January, no one will have issues with it.
Alabama would drop down to No. 2 and then everybody else would stay in the same spot, assuming no upsets or letdowns happen. Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson would round out the top five. The rest of the top 10 would be Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Baylor and USC in that order. Of course, there are plenty of games that could shake up the top 10 later in the day.
As far as Texas being ranked, the Longhorns will get votes, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. They are going to receive votes, but probably not enough to move up into the top 25 with a loss. If it were later in the season, that might happen, but it is hard to argue for that at this point in time. Regardless, Texas has shown it can hang with any team in the country now.
Texas will be ranked at some point, but they are not going to be within reach of new No. 1 Georgia.