The AP Poll came out after the results from Week 1 came in and were broken down by the journalists.
1. Alabama. Of course. They dominated Virginia Tech, making the Hokies look out matched on a man-to-man basis. Though the ACC representatives fought admirably well, they weren't any match for the Tide, who scored on special teams, defense and offense in the first half. They won't leave this spot until someone takes it from them. First up: Texas A&M at Kyle Field on September 14.
2. Oregon. Chip Kelly left the Ducks but his system certainly hasn't. Oregon looked magnificent against Nicholls State (so take it for what it's worth) with an offensive display led by Marcus Mariota, who scored three touchdowns. The Ducks trounced the Colonels, 66-3. They step up in competition against Virginia and Tennessee in the next two weeks, two teams big enough to take seriously but not quite talented enough to really test Oregon. The Nov. 7 game against Stanford is still the most enticing game on their schedule.
3. Ohio State. Urban Meyer went for style points against a completely outgunned Buffalo team who made costly mistakes early in the game. The Buckeyes went up 16-0 after going for two after their first two touchdowns. Ohio State looked impressive, as they have throughout Meyer's tenure; this time, they're relevant to the national conversation. Though back-to-back games against Wisconsin and on the road against Northwestern may pose a threat, the Buckeyes will be finely tuned after playing San Diego State, Cal and Florida A&M in the coming weeks. Pathetic.
4. Clemson. The Tigers rightfully leapfrogged into the top five after their strong offensive performance against the Georgia Bulldogs. Tajh Boyd looked fantastic, picking apart the young Bulldog defense, scoring five touchdowns. They caused enough disruption on defense to be taken seriously, sacking QB Aaron Murray four times. Clemson walked away after a back and forth shootout, 38-35. It was an important win, because Clemson will have few opportunities to prove their case this season. Aside from FSU in mid-October and South Carolina at the end of the season, Clemson's schedule is sparse.
5. Stanford. Stanford sat out during the opening week and will open against San Jose State, who won their opener against Sacramento State, 24-0. So there's that.
Here is the rest of the top 25, per ESPN.