Colorado is ranked No. 18 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

It’s a jump of four spots in the latest media poll. In Deion Sanders’ first year with the program, just two games in, Colorado has its highest ranking in the AP poll since 2016. (The Buffs peaked at No. 9 that season and ended the year at No. 17 in the AP poll.

The Buffs beat Nebraska 36-14 on Saturday to move to 2-0 on the season. The win doubled up last year’s win total and the 22-point margin was the program’s largest win over Nebraska since the 62-36 win in 2001. If not for a late Husker score when the game was decided, the result would have been CU’s largest ever win in its 72-game history with the Cornhuskers.

“We didn’t want to just win, we wanted to dominate,” Sanders said. “We wanted to really impose our will because the theme of the week was it’s personal.”

The crowd on hand for the win was the largest in over a decade. The field-storming that took place after the game went final highlighted just how much the program’s fortunes have turned around over the last 12 months.

ESPN’s College GameDay will be on campus next Saturday for the Buffs’ Week 3 game against Colorado State. FOX will make the CU game its Big Noon Kickoff Game of the Week for the third consecutive week to open the year.

There might not be a hotter program in all of college football than Sanders’ Colorado team.

Colorado is one of eight Pac-12 schools ranked in the latest AP Top 25. The Ducks are joined in the poll by No. 5 USC, No. 8 Washington, No. 12 Utah, No. 13 Oregon, No. 16 Oregon State, No. 23 Washington State, and No. 24 UCLA.

The rest of the media poll can be found below, with first-place votes in parentheses:

  1. Georgia (55)
  2. Michigan (2)
  3. Florida State (3)
  4. Texas (2)
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Alabama
  11. Tennessee
  12. Utah
  13. Oregon
  14. LSU
  15. Kansas State
  16. Oregon State
  17. Ole Miss
  18. Colorado
  19. Oklahoma
  20. North Carolina
  21. Duke
  22. Miami
  23. Washington State
  24. UCLA
  25. Iowa

Others receiving votes: Clemson 86, Arkansas 33, TCU 19, Kansas 19, Tulane 17, Wisconsin 10, Kentucky 5, Mississippi St. 5, Minnesota 3, Cincinnati 3, Fresno St. 2, Wyoming 1, Oklahoma St. 1, Maryland 1, James Madison 1.