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Which teams are rising/falling after Week 2?

If the first two weeks are any indication of how the rest of the season is going to play out (Ohio State followed by an absolute mess), the best way to evaluate it is in the same fashion as the selection committee: with a "clean slate."

Week 2 was filled with surprises that catapulted some teams into the spotlight and sent others tumbling.

Real stocks fluctuate. So do these. Here's a look at which teams the selection committee should be investing some time in -- and which teams they might want to sell right now:

SEC

Stock up: LSU, Ole Miss -- Guess who's No. 1 in ESPN's Football Power Index this week? Ole Miss. (Thank Chad Kelly.) After scoring over 70 points in back-to-back weeks and posting the highest offensive efficiency in the nation, FPI projects Ole Miss will have a top-10 offense to go along with its top defense.

As for LSU, after opening the season with a road win against a ranked team, the Tigers have a great chance to be 7-0 heading into Alabama on Nov. 7. They return home to play a struggling Auburn team before resuming the nonconference schedule against Syracuse and Eastern Michigan.

Stock down: Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas -- The Vols had an epic meltdown, blowing a 17-point lead at home to Oklahoma, Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson has a case of the turnovers, and Arkansas lost to Toledo just days after coach Bret Bielema called out Ohio State for its weak strength of schedule. It was quite a different look for the conference after dominating Week 1, but probably a slightly more accurate picture.

PAC-12

Stock up: Vernon Adams Jr. -- He's not Marcus Mariota, but who is? Given the fact that Adams has been with the offense for about a month, his performance for Oregon was impressive. Adams went on the road and almost orchestrated a comeback against No. 5 Michigan State, certainly a respectable performance for a quarterback who had yet to play on such a big stage. Oregon's playoff hopes aren't over, as long as Adams gives them a chance to win, and he looked capable of doing that on Saturday.

Stock down: Arizona State -- Losing the opener to Texas A&M is one thing, but struggling in a home win against Cal Poly is another reason to think Arizona State won't be able hang with USC and UCLA in the Pac-12 South race. The defense had no answer for a triple-option offense that ran for 284 yards. This wasn't Georgia Tech. It was an FCS program. Sell this stock -- and the hype.

BIG TEN

Stock up: Michigan State -- The Spartans got a signature nonconference win at home against Oregon and asserted themselves as true playoff contenders. The Buckeyes are still the team to beat, but it's (past) time to give coach Mark Dantonio and his program some respect. Even if Michigan State loses to the Buckeyes, it could still be in the playoff conversation -- especially if Oregon goes on to win the Pac-12.

Stock down: Nobody -- It's a two-team league.

BIG 12

Stock up: Oklahoma -- This was exactly what the Sooners needed after such a disappointing finish to 2014. To go on the road and beat a ranked Tennessee team showed that Oklahoma has bought into the changes coach Bob Stoops made this offseason, including making Baker Mayfield the starter at quarterback. It was the Big 12's best nonconference win so far -- and that's significant considering TCU and Baylor's weaker nonconference lineups.

Stock down: Baylor's defense -- Even with four turnovers, Baylor had no problem racking up yards or putting up points, but allowing an FCS team to score 31 points? It doesn't exactly scream top-four. One week after a sluggish start against SMU, Baylor again needed the second half to truly distance itself, this time against Lamar. While Oklahoma is beating Tennessee on the road, and TCU has a road win against Minnesota, the Bears have let the little guys hang around a little too long.

ACC

Stock up: Georgia Tech -- The Yellow Jackets have scored more than 60 points for two weeks in a row, and they have solidified their role as an early favorite in the Coastal Division. We'll learn more about how seriously to take this team on Saturday when it travels to Notre Dame -- the first Power 5 opponent of Tech's season. Back-to-back road games against the Irish and Duke will set the tone for the season.

Stock down: Louisville -- The Cardinals were given credit in their season opener despite the loss to Auburn, but after losing to Houston, Bobby Petrino is off to an 0-2 start heading into Clemson. Considering Auburn's struggles against Jacksonville State, Louisville's first performance doesn't look as impressive. Give Houston some credit, though. It was a great road win for a team that could win the American.

OTHERS

Stock up: BYU -- Hello, America's team. For two straight weeks BYU has found a way to win on a Hail Mary by backup-turned-starting quarterback Tanner Mangum. You can't make this stuff up, but can BYU keep it up? If so, BYU should be in the conversation for a spot in the selection committee's top four. With back-to-back road trips to UCLA and Michigan, and a Nov. 14 game against Missouri, there are plenty of opportunities to impress the committee. Strength of schedule isn't a problem for the Cougars.

Stock down: Boise State -- The Broncos can still make a run at a New Year's Six bowl, but they're out of the playoff conversation after the loss to BYU. They'll have some serious competition for one of the coveted bowls this year, as teams like Temple and Houston have also joined the conversation.