The first week of College Football is officially in the books, and there are a few changes since the release of the preseason rankings. The news was good for Texas A&M, as they made the biggest leap after dismantling Arizona State. However, the news wasn’t so good for Penn State, and Stanford. Both teams lost on the road and took a tumble out of this week’s rankings. Other than that, most of the Top 25 teams were pretty much status quo. Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes, avenged their only loss of 2014, as they showed that they’ve lost absolutely none of their focus since their national title run. Bama, was impressive as Nick Saban MAY have finally found his QB, and Notre Dame was as impressive as I thought they would be in their demolition of Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns. With all that said, let’s rank these teams and get ready for Week 2!
1. Ohio State (1-0, next vs. Hawaii) Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, Ezekiel Elliott, the list goes on. Who’s gonna stop one of the most talented teams we’ve seen in recent memory? Va Tech couldn’t. Michigan State in November? Maybe??? Until then, the biggest challenge for Urban Meyer may be keeping his star players, especially Jones and Barrett, happy with playing time.
2. TCU (1-0, next vs. Stephen F. Austin) Frogs weren’t great at Minnesota Thursday night, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Decent Big Ten team, on the road, first game of the season. Not gonna jump to conclusions on Trevone Boykin and the Horned Frogs just yet.
3. Alabama (1-0, next vs Middle Tennessee) Jake Coker, looked pretty good in his first ever college start. But, somehow you get the feeling the QB battle isn’t over just yet. One thing’s for sure, Derrick Henry is an absolute beast. If, that Tazmanian Devil card being held up on the sideline by Bama’s offensive staff, means Henry will get the ball, they could not have chosen a better card.
4. Auburn (1-0, next vs. Jacksonville State) Tigers drop a spot after their so-so performance against Louisville. Defense looked sharper, as Will Muschamp takes over. But, Jeremy Johnson and the offense looked shaky. We all know that has to turn around if Auburn wants to reach it’s goals of this season.
5. USC (1-0, next vs. Idaho) Trojans remain steady after a nice win over Arkansas State. Besides UCLA, it’s hard to find another PAC-12 team that fully handled their business. Will the Trojans be deep enough to have enough in the tank at the end of the season? We know they have the talent.
6. Michigan State (1-0, next vs 9 Oregon) Spartans weren’t very impressive in their weird opening game at Western Michigan. Give Mark D’Antonio and company credit for challenging themselves, but that’s not an easy trip to make, especially early in the season. Now, the Spartans get ready for one of the most anticipated games of the season. A visit from the Oregon Ducks. Can the Spartans get revenge for the loss in Eugene last season?
7. Baylor (1-0, next vs Lamar) It took a while for the Bears D to figure things out against SMU. But, give Art Briles’ club credit. They figured things out and turned a 28-21 lead at the half, into a 56-21 blowout. The Bears shouldn’t be tested at all until an October visit from Oklahoma State.
8. Notre Dame (1-0, next at Virginia) The Irish certainly handled their business against Texas. That’s why they make the leap from 11 to 7. Malik Zaire, looks like the right man to lead this team. With a nice combo of experienced talent, and a tough defense, the Irish will be one tough out. Even though, their schedule is as tough as they come.
9. Oregon (1-0, next at 6 Michigan State) Boy, are the Ducks lucky they had Vernon Adams running their offense as opposed to Eastern Washington’s. Adams, transferred from Eastern Washington before the start of fall camp and enrolled at Oregon. If not, for Adams’ 340 total yards (246 passing, 94 rushing) and two passing TD’s, the outcome might have been quite different. Obviously, the Ducks have to clean things up defensively if they want to have a chance of winning in East Lansing on Saturday.
10. Georgia (1-0, next at Vanderbilt) The Bulldogs drop a spot, but not from anything they did or didn’t do. Nick Chubb, and the Dawgs did what they were supposed to do in blowing out Louisiana-Monroe. We’ll find out more about Georgia in the coming weeks. Probably not this week.
11. Florida State (1-0, next vs. South Florida) It will be a while, before we find out how good the Seminoles are. The Good news is Everett Golson looked good in his FSU debut.
12. UCLA (1-0, next at UNLV) True freshman QB, Josh Rosen is the real deal. Rosen, lit up Virginia’s defense in a very impressive debut. Problem is, it was Virginia. Not sure how good that UVA defense is. Nonetheless, if Rosen keeps that up, the veteran Bruins will certainly be a threat in the national title race.
13. LSU (0-0, next at Mississippi State) The Tigers drop a spot after not being able to play their game against McNeese. Now, the Tigers have to get starting QB, Brandon Harris ready for a tough SEC road trip without a game under their belt. Could the Tigers pay for not rescheduling the McNeese game for this past Sunday?
14. Arkansas (1-0, next vs. Toledo) They were calling the Hogs early and often against UTEP, and expect the same vs Toledo. Patiently waiting for Sept. 26th vs Texas A&M at Jerry’s World in Dallas/Ft.Worth.
15. Oklahoma (1-0, at 21 Tennessee) Sooners were impressive in opening week win over Akron. Now, they get ready to visit Rocky Top in one of the week’s top games.
16. Ole Miss (1-0, vs Fresno State) Offense looked great in scoring 73 points. Can they keep it up?
17. Clemson (1-0, vs Appalachian St.) Tigers won’t be challenged until the Irish visit 10/3.
18. Texas A&M (1-0, vs Ball St.) Here we go again. Aggies love making a splash on week one. Let’s see if Kevin Sumlin’s boys fade out like they did last season. Aggies make biggest leap in rankings. Going from unranked to 18.
19. Georgia Tech (1-0, vs Tulane) The Wrambling Wreck should have no problem against the Green Wave. Trip to South Bend looms for next week.
20. Boise State
23. Oklahoma State
Saying Hello – Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Utah, and Missouri
Saying Goodbye – Stanford, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, and Penn State
Got my eye on – Mississippi State, and BYU
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