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Previewing the Top 25 weekend

After two weeks of college football, we have seen some serious movement in the Top 25 polls. For the use of this piece, we will be strictly going off the Associated Press poll, which gives us a solid idea of which way teams are trending. If you root for the Auburn Tigers, this is where you click the red “X” in the top right corner of your screen.

Here are the rankings, with the next opponent for each team:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes (Next opponent: vs. Northern Illinois)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (Next opponent: vs. Ole Miss)

3. TCU Horned Frogs (Next opponent: vs. SMU)

4. Michigan State Spartans (Next opponent: vs. Air Force)

5. Baylor Bears (Next opponent: BYE)

6. Southern California Trojans (Next opponent: vs. Stanford)

7. Georgia Bulldogs (Next opponent: vs. South Carolina)

8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Next opponent: vs. Georgia Tech)

9. Florida State Seminoles (Next opponent: at Boston College)

10. UCLA Bruins (Next opponent: vs. BYU)

11. Clemson Tigers (Next opponent: at Louisville )

12. Oregon Ducks (Next opponent: vs. Georgia State)

13. Louisiana State Tigers (Next opponent: vs. Auburn)

14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Next opponent: at Notre Dame)

15. Ole Miss Rebels (Next opponent: at Alabama)

16. Oklahoma Sooners (Next opponent: vs. Tulsa)

17. Texas A&M Aggies (Next opponent: vs. Nevada)

18. Auburn Tigers (Next opponent: at LSU)

19. BYU Cougars (Next opponent: at UCLA)

20. Arizona Wildcats (Next opponent: vs. Northern Arizona)

21. Utah Utes (Next opponent: at Fresno State)

22. Missouri Tigers (Next opponent: vs. Connecticut)

23. Northwestern Wildcats (Next opponent: at Duke)

24. Wisconsin Badgers (Next opponent: vs. Troy)

25. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Next opponent: vs. Texas-San Antonio )

Overall, the rankings see seven teams from the SEC with another four coming from the Big 12 and four more from the Big 10. The ACC is also well-represented with a trio of schools, while the PAC 12 has five to rank second among the conferences.

Games to watch:

The top game of the week is Ole Miss going into Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the golden standard of the decade, and the Rebels are trying to get into that upper crust of contenders. Last year, Bo Wallace led Ole Miss to a great win in Oxford over the Tide. Can first-year starting quarterback Chad Kelly do the same? Thus far, the Rebels have rolled up a combined 149 points. Of course, Alabama is not Fresno State.

There are a couple of other quality matchups including Georgia Tech making a house call to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are without quarterback Malik Zaire for the rest of the season after he broke his ankle. Can backup Deshone Kizer get the job done? Also, can the Yellow Jackets generate enough offense with the option?

Finally, who wins the LSU-Auburn game? If the Tigers can go into Death Valley and win, they reestablish themselves as legitimate title contenders after almost losing at home to Jacksonville State. If not, Auburn will be unranked.

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