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CS Power Rankings: College Football's Top 25 Heading Into Week 2

Each week, the College Spun staff will comb through the past weekend's games and do its best to show you which 25 college football teams - regardless of record - should be considered among the best in the country. After the first slate of contests, a few things are clear. Florida State is going to get every team's best shot. Alabama still has a quarterback controversy. And Georgia may be impossible to slow down.

Without further ado, here are our power rankings heading into week two:

1. Georgia - UGA may not be ranked in the top five in either the Coaches' Poll or the AP Poll, but they're top dog for us after a very impressive opening weekend victory. Todd Gurley started his Heisman campaign off with a bang, racking up 293 all-purpose yards.

2. Florida State - Judging the Seminoles by only their victory over Oklahoma State would be a bit short-sighted here - they are the reigning national champions. Jameis Winston played well enough for FSU to pull out a win, but he made a few more mistakes than usual. Still, there's no reason this team shouldn't reach the College Football Playoff.

3. Texas A&M - Kenny "Trill" went off against South Carolina, proving that the Aggies were not completely reliant on Johnny Manziel the past two seasons. They'll need to fix up that defense though if they're to really compete in the SEC West.

4. Auburn - For around 30 minutes there, it looked like Auburn's defense could be an issue in 2014. But the Tigers shut out Arkansas in the second half and got more than enough offense from its running game to start the season off with a victory.

5. Oregon - The Ducks looked as good as advertised last week, but this Saturday's game against Michigan State will go a long way in determining whether this team can compete for a national title. Marcus Mariota's Heisman campaign could hang in the balance too.

6. Oklahoma - Trevor Knight didn't play his best, but the Sooners didn't need him to against Louisiana Tech. There are still many in the industry who believe OU is the best team in the country - we'll find out in a few weeks.

7. Alabama - The Tide let West Virginia hang around a bit, which probably surprised some people. Blake Sims played a decent game at quarterback, but head coach Nick Saban has already said that Jacob Coker will see time against FAU. We're not sure how a QB controversy in Tuscaloosa fits into national championship plans.

8. Michigan State - The Spartans aren't getting a ton of respect this weekend, despite displaying the same dominating defense against Jacksonville State that they did all last season. If MSU can go into Eugene and pull out an upset win, there's no reason they shouldn't be ranked in the top three next week.

9. USC - Is USC back? It's certainly possible - the Trojans thrashed Fresno State this past weekend, 52-13, after a week of turmoil. Luckily, we don't have to wait to find out - they head to Stanford to take on the Cardinal on the road this Saturday.

10. Baylor - Bryce Petty's back injury is a bit concerning, but the Bears' schedule over the next few weeks is not. BU gets Northwestern State, Buffalo and Iowa State before October - maybe Art Briles should consider resting his star quarterback?

11. Stanford - UC Davis is no powerhouse, but the Cardinal did hold the Aggies to just 115 yards of total offense this past weekend. If you're of the belief that this is the year that Stanford finally falls from grace, well, you'll get your answer very, very soon.

12. LSU - Les Miles has to feel blessed after this past Saturday. His Tigers knocked off Wisconsin despite trailing 24-7 in the second half, completing only nine passes on the night and rushing for a 2.7 yards per carry average. Big plays win you games, perhaps.

13. Notre Dame - It's hard to know where to rank the Irish, considering they're led by a quarterback, Everett Golson, who was forced to take off an entire year. He accounted for five touchdowns in week one, but that was against Rice. If ND takes out Michigan, we'll be more impressed.

14. Nebraska - The Cornhuskers' broke Big Ten offensive records last week against Florida Atlantic, but you probably won't hear many picking them to win the conference until they play some better competition. They'll get Miami (FL) in three weeks - that game should tell us more.

15. Arizona State - The Sun Devils led Weber State 31-0 at halftime before easing off the gas on the Wildcats. ASU was a huge surprise in the Pac-12 last season, and after watching put up nearly 600 yards of offense this past Saturday, it wouldn't surprise us if they contended again.

16. Ohio State - Braxton Miller's injury was a tough blow for the Buckeyes. Things almost got a lot worse against Navy, as the Midshipmen hung around for three quarters before the Buckeyes put them away. Virginia Tech will be another challenge - we'll see if J.T. Barrett can improve week over week.

17. Ole Miss - It took until the fourth quarter for the Rebels to finally show signs of life on offense. Bo Wallace threw three of his four touchdown passes in the final period against Boise State. They'll need to be more consistent to compete with their SEC West foes.

18. Louisville - The Cardinals couldn't have asked for a better welcoming party into the ACC. UL's "Black Out" was a huge success - mostly because the team was able to knock off Miami. QB Will Gardner played well in his first game replacing Teddy Bridgewater - he'll need to continue that for his team to be among the best in the conference.

19. Oklahoma State - The Cowboys were so, so close to turning the 2014 college football season on its head and knocking off the defending national champions. Still, they proved that they can compete with any team in the country. Could they contend for a Big 12 title?

20. Michigan - Not this time, Appalachian State fans. The Wolverines came to play this past Saturday, knowing full well what can happen if you don't take every game seriously. They'll need to bring the same attitude into Notre Dame if they're to keep UM fans believing this year.

21. Wisconsin - It's only been one week, but it's been a weird season in Madison. There was the Melvin Gordon controversy. There's the fact that the team blew a 24-7 lead against LSU. And now it's being reported that backup QB Joel Stave has the "yips" - yikes.

22. North Carolina - You probably didn't hear a ton about the Tar Heels this past Saturday, but they did take care of business - eventually. Liberty actually led UNC 22-21 midway through the third quarter. The Tar Heels scored five of the game's next six touchdowns.

23. Tennessee - Are the Vols back? If you ask Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, he'd probably say so. We're going to reserve our judgment however, until they knock off one of the big boys. They certainly have enough of them (Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama) on their schedule.

24. UCLA - We had a really difficult time justifying keeping the Bruins ranked at all, but given their preseason hype, we figured we'd give them another week to sort out their issues. It took three defensive touchdowns for UCLA to knock off UVA. Brett Hundley did not look like a Heisman candidate. Still, a win is a win.

25. Texas - The Longhorns kicked off the Charlie Strong era with a solid defensive performance. The David Ash news is tough to swallow, but it may be a blessing in disguise for the young quarterback. UT's schedule over the next two weeks (BYU, UCLA) is no cakewalk.