Tomorrow's Top 25 Today: LSU will make a huge move in new college football rankings
The opening weekend of the 2018 college football season — a five-day marathon that concluded Monday night in Tallahassee, Florida — pushed the release of the new AP Top 25 to Tuesday afternoon, but the big takeaways for voters were set long before Virginia Tech and Florida State squared off at Doak Campbell Stadium.
With about half of the ranked teams heavily favored in games against FBS or Group of Five competition, there wasn’t enough losing to see any major shakeups for the Week 2 rankings. That will come later this month once we start to get into conference play, but Week 1 did provide enough results to lead to big moves for a few teams.
No one is expected to make a bigger move up than LSU, which started the season at No. 25. Ed Orgeron was not the only coach to notch a top-10 win on opening weekend — that would also include SEC West rival Gus Malzahn and Auburn, LSU’s opponent for Week 3 — but the win against Miami had to be among the best wins during his time as coach in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Look for LSU to make a double-digit jump in the rankings, perhaps even breaking into the top 10.
Here’s how we expect the AP Top 25 to look on Tuesday:
1. Alabama (Last week — 1): And it might be unanimous. There will probably be at least a handful of the 18 voters who gave Clemson a first-place nod in the preseason who will stick with the Tigers, but the Tide seemingly answered every and any concern regarding their potential in 2018.
2. Clemson (2): The quarterback competition comes to a head this week against Texas A&M. Dabo Swinney and the Clemson coaches had a cushion against Furman where both Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence were in positions to succeed, but now Jimbo Fisher welcomes a roster he knows very well to his new home in College Station. It’s almost guaranteed to be a spot where adversity will hit, and it will be fascinating to see which quarterback steps up to the challenge.
3. Georgia (3):