Wednesday, September 3, 2014

0 College Football Top 25, Week 1

By Kenny Howell

The top 25 will be a bit altered this week because I have actually seen teams play now. The top of the rankings are drastically different as two teams I think set themselves apart from the pack.

1. Texas A&M (1-0) (17) - That's a heck of a jump from No. 17 to No. 1, but they had the most impressive weekend. Unlike Georgia, who was also really impressive, the Aggies did their butt kicking on the road against a really talented team.

2. Georgia (1-0) (13) - How many elite running backs to the Dawgs have? Todd Gurley had nearly 300 all purpose yards, and freshman Nick Chubb might actually be better when his career is over. And they still have a few other guys. Dismantled Clemson.

3. Florida State (1-0) (1) - Not sure if they were a bit pleased with themselves winning the National Championship, or they just aren't as good, but Oklahoma State took the fight to them. They were outcoached and outplayed, but the Seminoles just had too much talent.

4. Alabama (1-0) (2) - Have people figured out Saban's defense? It's starting to seem like it as a once dominant group seems like it might could be a liability. If West Virginia was able to do that against them, what is Texas A&M going to do?

5. Auburn (1-0) (3) - It took until the second half, but Auburn exploded on Arkansas who handed Head Coach Bret Bielema his 9th straight SEC loss.

6. Stanford (1-0) (4) - Don't really know too much about them yet because they played UC Davis. Give them the benefit of the doubt.

7. Oregon (1-0) (7) - Oregon murdered a no name team, but they are still Oregon.

8. LSU (1-0) (6) - LSU turned it on the second half to come back from 24-7 down against Wisconsin. LSU has some issues most notably whoever is playing QB, and I am not sure the Badgers are that good. If the Tigers are the team in the second half, they will stay here, but if the first half team comes back, they will drop.

9. Oklahoma (1-0) (11) - A lot of people think Oklahoma is the elite power. They looked good against La. Tech, but it is La. Tech.

10. USC (1-0) (12) - The Trojans looked pretty solid in their debut against Fresno State.

11. Ohio State (1-0) (5) - The Buckeyes will get better, but Navy gave them a fight. New QB J.T. Barrett might have just needed to get his feet wet.

12. UCLA (1-0) (9) - The Bruins looked a little sloppy on the road at a mediocre Virginia team, but they got the win.

13. Michigan State (1-0) (14) - The Spartans played Jacksonville State, so it's hard to tell, but they are still pretty good.

14. Notre Dame (1-0) (18) - The Fighting Irish were solid in their debut against Rice.

15. South Carolina (0-1) (8) - Time will tell if the Gamecocks are that bad or A&M is that good.

16. Florida (0-0) (16) - The Gators debut was halted by storms, so I will keep them where they were last week.

17. Clemson (0-1) (10) - The Tigers ran into a buzz saw of a Georgia team in week one. Will probably still be OK.

18. Missouri (1-0) (15) - Mizzou was not very impressive in their opener against South Dakota State.

19. Texas (1-0) (19) - The Longhorns weren't overwhelmingly impressive in their opening win over North Texas. Keep them at 19.

20. Arizona State (1-0) (20) - The Sun Devils did what they had to do against Weber State.

21. Baylor (1-0) (21)- Bryce Petty was banged up, but the Bears still got a shutout of SMU.

22. Michigan (1-0) (22) - The Wolverines had no trouble with Appalachain St.

23. Oklahoma State (0-1) (NR) - Cowboys lost, but took the defending National Champion to the wire.

24. Ole Miss (1-0) (NR) - Their defense shut down Boise State long enough for their offense to get going.

25. Louisville (1-0) (NR) - The Cardinals got their first ACC win over visiting Miami to restart the Bobby Petrino era.

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