In the summer, SB Nation and ourselves announced the FanPulse poll, which puts our readers (hint: you) in the driver’s seat in our own Top 25 poll each week. It’s as easy as signing up here, and bang, the survey will come to you each week and you get to represent Maize n Brew and the Michigan community in the only weekly college football poll that now matters (editorializing here, admittedly).
Now that the first week of college football is behind us, the ballots from our network of readers are in with the first Top 25 that matters now that games have been played. Here are the national results from the second poll of the season.
The above graphic is from the compiled data of all of our team sites here on the SB Nation college network, but you guys got to represent us as a fanbase/site as well. Here is what our Maize n Brew readers’ ballot looked like from this week’s polling, which saw some major changes all across the board compared to our preseason vote.
- Ohio State (up one spot)
- LSU (up four spots)
- Michigan (down two spots)
- Notre Dame (down one spot)
- Auburn (up nine spots)
- Florida (down three spots)
- Texas A&M (down one spot)
- Washington (down one spot)
- Utah (up two spots)
- Penn State (down one spot)
- Wisconsin (down one spot)
- Oregon (down five spots)
- Michigan State (up three spots)
- Iowa (down two spots)
- Syracuse (not ranked in preseason poll)
- Washington State (not ranked in preseason poll)
- Stanford (not ranked in preseason poll)
- Iowa State (down three spots)
- Nebraska (down one spot)
The immediate takeaway here is people cooling a bit on the Wolverines heading into the second week of the season after having them fifth in the FanPulse vote to start the year. A sloppy opener will do that for you, I suppose.
The biggest riser in this week’s poll is Auburn after holding off Oregon on Saturday night. They moved up nine spots in your poll this week. LSU, who gets a shot to take on a top-ten team on the road on Saturday night in Texas, moved up four spots. That will be a good measuring stick game for those two teams as we enter the second week of the season.
As far as the Big Ten goes, people seem to be buying the hype on Ohio State after its opening game, which saw the debuts of Justin Fields at quarterback and head coach Ryan Day. Despite thorough victories in their season openers, both Penn State and Wisconsin dropped a spot this week, while Michigan State moved up three spots. Iowa and Stanford dropped one and two spots from the first poll, respectively.
For those of you not familiar with this initiative and want to get involved, and please do, you can signup for the SB Nation FanPulse poll here. The surveys will go out once all of the games have concluded and the ballot is ready to roll.