The win also helped head coach Nick Saban's team increase its first-place vote total from 49 in Week 1 to 59 in Week 2.
Oklahoma fell one spot to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press poll. The Bulldogs (3-0) entered the poll at No. 17, their first ranking since the 2015 season. Oklahoma 4. Penn State 5.
But the Tigers have overcome Watson's departure splendidly in the early stages behind new starter Kelly Bryant, who passed for 316 yards and one touchdown and added two rushing scores in a the demolition of the Cardinals (2-1), who dropped from 14th to No. 19.
- No. 23 Utah and No. 24 OR are both off to 3-0 starts.
USC (7/1) and Oklahoma (8/1) round out the top four in terms of odds. They've been unable to get back on the field after their opening-day loss to Alabama, and Wisconsin vaults ahead of them into the top 10.
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The TCU Horned Frogs had a big win over Southern Methodist, a former rival in the Southwest Conference, that sent them up four spots in the AP poll and five spots from the coaches.
FSU fell from No. 11 to No. 12 despite not playing once again due to Hurricane Irma. The SEC and Big 12 each have three teams while the Pac 12 has two.
COMPUTER RANKINGS: Massey has MSU No. 13 and Georgia No. 12.
Big wins from Mississippi State, San Diego State and OR launched them into this week's top 25, while Stanford fell out of the poll after their second straight loss. Virginia Tech 14. Miami 15.
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