Giglio top 25: Who’s No. 2?

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 22, 2013 

  • Giglio’s Top 25

    1. Alabama 1

    2. Oregon 3

    3. Clemson 2

    4. Stanford 4

    5. Ohio State 5

    6. Texas A&M 6

    7. Louisville 7

    8. Florida State 8

    9. LSU 9

    10. Georgia 10

    11. South Carolina 11

    12. Miami 12

    13. Baylor 14

    14. Oklahoma State 15

    15. UCLA 16

    16. Oklahoma 17

    17. Ole Miss 18

    18. Michigan 13

    19. Florida 19

    20. Northwestern 20

    21. Washington 21

    22. Georgia Tech 25

    23. Notre Dame 22

    24. Texas Tech 24

    25. Northern Illinois 23

Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

Either Stanford or Clemson might finish the season unbeaten and ahead of Oregon in the Bowl Championship Series standings at the end of the regular season, but after last week, I don’t see how Oregon is not No. 2.

The Cardinal (3-0) had a relative struggle at Army a week ago, a 34-20 win, and picked up another 14-point win, 42-28 at home against Arizona State on Saturday.

Stanford coach David Shaw has never really cared about style points, just wins, but there’s no denying there’s a beauty-pageant element to the Top 25.

Clemson (3-0) looked nothing like the second-best team in the country in Thursday’s 26-14 win at N.C. State. Quarterback Tajh Boyd was off, the Tigers looked rattled on their first road trip of the season and there was the matter of whether the officials wiped a touchdown off the board for N.C. State.

You start trying to find alternatives at No. 2, and that leads to the Ducks (3-0), who had the week off but their 59-14 win over Tennessee last week was enhanced by the Vols’ 31-17 loss at Florida.

We probably won’t know more about Oregon until Oct. 12, when the Ducks travel to Washington. Clemson’s next test doesn’t come until Oct. 19 against Florida State.

Stanford gets the upstart Huskies at home on Oct. 5, but until the top teams start playing tougher games, it’s a matter of style points.

Giglio: jgiglio@newsobserver.com or twitter.com/jwgiglio

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