See how they stack up: Week 2 college football top 25 rankings

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See how they stack up: Week 2 college football top 25 rankings

With Week 2 in the books, here’s my top 25.

1. Oklahoma (2-0)

Sorry, Bama, but right this second there’s no one playing better than the Sooners. Baker Mayfield has been near perfect and he just turned in a Heisman-caliber performance on the road at Ohio State.

2. Alabama (2-0)

Of course, the Tide rolled again, smoking Fresno State. This Jalen Hurts guy is pretty good. He totaled 282 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Clemson (2-0)

All hail the Clemson defense, which shone in keeping Auburn out of the end zone and holding them to a jaw-droppingly low 117 total yards.

4. Penn State (2-0)

Penn State’s defense helped mitigate a not-so-smooth day for Trace McSorley. Unlike last year, this was an easy win over Pitt and featured two touchdown drives under 10 seconds in length.

5. USC (2-0)

Redemption came quick for a USC team that looked shaky against Western Michigan as the Trojans turned in a dominating win over Stanford. But Sam Darnold’s thrown four picks in two games.

6. Michigan (2-0)

The Wolverines weren’t the dominating force I expected in a win over Cincinnati. But the numbers turned out fine, with Michigan’s defense creating two takeaways and holding Cincy to just 200 yards.

7. Wisconsin (2-0)

Jonathan Taylor Touchdowns. Surprise, surprise, the Badgers have another star running back. Taylor, a freshman, rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Florida Atlantic.

8. Oklahoma State (2-0)

Another weak opponent, another crushing from the Cowboys. Okie State out-gained South Alabama 505-175 as Mason Rudolph brought his season totals to 638 yards, six touchdowns and zero picks.

9. Louisville (2-0)

In a shocker, your new Heisman frontrunner is the defending Heisman winner. Lamar Jackson looked superhuman against North Carolina, totaling 525 yards and six touchdowns.

10. Georgia (2-0)

The Dawgs brought a true freshman quarterback to South Bend and walked out with a win, thanks to a defense that clamped down, holding the Irish to 55 rushing yards after they ran for 422 a week earlier.

11. Auburn (1-1)

There was no Auburn offense Saturday night in Death Valley, but that was the national champs on the other side of the line. The Auburn D did fine work against a very, very good football team.

12. Ohio State (1-1)

There are big problems in Columbus, from an offense completely stuck in the mud to the worst pass defense in the country. The Buckeyes are long from dead, but they’re ailing badly.

13. LSU (2-0)

The Bayou Bengals’ strength of schedule is nothing but a bad BYU team and FCS foe Chattanooga. But the LSU defense has only allowed 10 points and 63 rushing yards in eight quarters of football.

14. TCU (2-0)

While the Frogs’ defense kept the Hogs to just seven points, the TCU offense was 10-for-14 on third down. TCU has outscored its first two opponents 91-7.

15. Maryland (2-0)

The Terps simply cannot be stopped, following up a 51-point performance in the opener — in which their starting quarterback was lost for the season — with 63 points in Week 2.

16. UCLA (2-0)

After the comeback to end all comebacks in Week 1, Josh Rosen was pitching it all over the yard again, throwing five touchdown passes in a blowout win over Hawaii.

17. Virginia Tech (2-0)

The Hokies’ offense only reached the end zone twice against FCS opponent Delaware, which is a tad concerning. But since when is a 27-0 win a bad thing?

18. Duke (2-0)

After dropping 60 points in the season-opener, the Dukies dominated Northwestern, with quarterback Daniel Jones cutting up the Cats’ defense for 413 total yards and four total touchdowns.

19. West Virginia (1-1)

After that narrow loss to Virginia Tech, West Virginia dropped 56 points on East Carolina. Will Grier is a-slingin’ and is up to 723 yards and eight touchdowns through two games.

20. Stanford (1-1)

The Cardinal got run over by the truck that is the USC offense, nearly getting doubled up by their in-state rivals. You can’t fault the offense too much, as it didn’t turn the ball over and Bryce Love ran for 160 yards.

21. Oregon (2-0)

The Ducks continued their torrid offensive start, demolishing the awful Nebraska defense to the tune of 42 points — in the first half! Oregon didn’t score after halftime but finished with 566 yards.

22. Florida State (0-1), 23. Miami (1-0)

The Noles and the Canes had their games canceled this weekend because of Hurricane Irma. Wishing the very best to everyone in the Sunshine State.

24. Kansas State (2-0)

The Wildcats took two turnovers back for touchdowns and had five rushing scores. K-State keeps a -rollin’ and has scored 55 points in back-to-back games.

25. Washington State (2-0)

Wazzu had a thrilling comeback, triple-overtime win against Boise State to move to 2-0. All that late-night fun counts for something, right?

Other receiving votes:

Iowa (2-0)

The Hawkeyes have wildly exceeded my expectations, following up a shutdown of Josh Allen and Wyoming with an overtime win over Iowa State. Iowa’s looking great with a new quarterback.

Tennessee (2-0)

Another day of big numbers from the Vols’ offense. But it came against Indiana State, which seems less impressive than that opening-week win over Georgia Tech.

Washington (2-0)

I understand the AP voters think the Huskies are a top-10 team, and maybe they are. But a very mediocre win over Rutgers and a throttling of Montana do not, to me, a top-10 team make.

Georgia Tech (1-1)

Four more touchdowns from TaQuon Marshall in this week’s blowout win over Jacksonville State. He’s got nine total scores on the season.

South Carolina (2-0)

Two weeks and two Power Five wins for the Gamecocks, a rarity in the SEC at this time of year. This time it was holding Mizzou to 13 points after the Tigers scored 72 the week before.

Vanderbilt (2-0)

The Vandy defense has allowed six points through two weeks. The Dores have only played Middle Tennessee State and Alabama A&M, though, so yeah.

2017 NBA Draft Profile: Louisville SG Donovan Mitchell

2017 NBA Draft Profile: Louisville SG Donovan Mitchell

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 30 of the draft's top prospects.

Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville

6'3" | 210 lbs. | 20 years old

2016-17 stats:

15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 steals

Projection:

Lottery

NBA Draft: Donovan Mitchell brushes aside height questions with athleticism, versatility

NBA Draft: Donovan Mitchell brushes aside height questions with athleticism, versatility

It took Louisville shooting guard Donovan Mitchell one workout to realize his lack of size was a weakness he’d need to compensate for at the next level. Training alongside Oregon’s Jordan Bell in Los Angeles – both prospects signed with Creative Artists Agency – the 6-foot-3 Mitchell admitted his first session against the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year was an eye-opener.

“The first workout, he blocked every shot I took,” Mitchell said at Thursday’s NBA Draft Combine. “He’s a 6-foot-8 defender, long, very athletic; everybody in the NBA is just like that.”

Mitchell won’t undergo a growth spurt between now and next month’s draft. He’ll be labeled as undersized until he gives pundits a reason to tag him otherwise. No player shorter than 6-foot-4 has been selected in the lottery since 2013 (Trey Burke, 9th overall) and the Cardinals guard is still searching for a true position at the next level.

The good news for Mitchell, however, is he makes up for that lack of size in a number of areas and his unique skill set has him projected to fall somewhere late in the lottery despite his height. And in today’s NBA, where going small with as many versatile guards reigns supreme, Mitchell is bound to carve out his niche when he hears his name called in Brooklyn next month.

In his second season under Rick Pitino, Mitchell averaged 15.6 points on 41 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 32.3 minutes for the Cardinals as a sophomore. He led the ACC in steals (2.1) and was named first team all-conference and first team all-defense in the nation’s top conference. Undersized guards are rarely labeled as plus defenders, but Mitchell, touting a 6-foot-10 wingspan, believes he can contribute immediately on that end of the floor. The Cardinals ranked eighth in defensive efficiency last season, per KenPom.com.

“I think having that wingspan and being the defensive-minded person that I am will definitely help,” he said. “Because at Louisville you don’t step on the floor unless you play defense, and having that in your head and just mentally focusing on playing defense will definitely help my rookie year.”

Mitchell is far more than a defensive whiz. He cited two NBA players – Boston’s Avery Bradley and Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe – as career trends he could emulate at the next level. Both lockdown defenders, Bradley and Bledsoe each averaged career-highs in points this pats season while maintaining their staunch defensive presence.

Mitchell, too, was a consensus top-40 recruit who showed promise as a freshman. In his sophomore season, Mitchell used that versatility to lead the Cardinals to 25 wins and an NCAA Tournament appearance. He saw time at both guard positions, tallying four or more assists in 10 games; he did that just three times as a freshman.

He’s more a volume scorer than an efficient one at this point; such is life for an undersized guard. But there are indicators that show he has room for improvement (outside of being just 20 years old). For starters, he logged the best standing vertical leap on Thursday (36.5 inches) and the fourth best overall vertical (40.5 inches). Athleticism won’t be an issue on creating his own shot. Mitchell was a constant highlight reel above the rim, and his quickness will help as much on offense as it does defensively. He improved his 3-point shooting from 25.0 percent to 35.4 percent on 154 more attempts as a sophomore. His 3-point shooting was a highlight from Thursday’s individual drills.

He’s bound to score at the next level; his versatility is simply an added bonus. Teams he’s spoken with have viewed him both as a point guard and shooting guard, and he wouldn’t put a label on himself at this point.

Perhaps his best intangible, one that height can’t measure, is his maturity. When asked if logging minutes in the NBA immediately would help his growth, he was one of the only prospects who cited the option of playing in the D-League as an option. He was also caught off-guard Thursday when asked by a member of the media what the defining moment in his life was.

“I told my sister – a lot of her friends have nice cars, nice this, nice that – and so I told her, I said, ‘First thing I’m getting, I don’t care what it is, first thing I’m getting you is the nicest purse you want, the nicest dress you want, and we’ll work on the car in a few years,’” he said with a laugh. “Definitely getting something for my sister. The smile she had on her face that day might have been the biggest smile I’ve seen on her face. I love her to death.”

Mitchell is young, oozing with athleticism and has only improved at every turn in his basketball career. Size is something he’ll have to overcome, but it’s the rest of his game that allows his 6-foot-3 frame to simply become a non-factor.