Sep 2

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week One

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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It is easier to rank the teams after seeing them play. This week's poll has a good bit of moving and shaking as I certainly know a lot more about them now than I did a week ago. For instance, Michigan fell back 15 spots and three new teams enter the rankings: Tennessee, North Carolina and Notre Dame...Here is my top 25 for week two.

1. Alabama (1-0, 0-0) - The Tide thoroughly dismantled Michigan, going up by 31 in the first half. Does anyone want a piece of Saban in a big OOC game? I didn't think so.

2. Oregon (1-0, 0-0) - Oregon scored 50 points in the first half against Savannah State before calling off the dogs. Potent is the word that comes to mind.

3. LSU (1-0, 0-0) - Les Miles and crew cruise to an easy opening win over North Texas with a mix of scores, including a 70-yard punt return from Odell Beckham.

4. West Virginia (1-0, 0-0) - Mountaineers have scored 139 points in their last two games. QB Geno Smith is hot on the Heisman watch lists.

5. USC (1-0, 0-0) - Speaking of Heisman candidates, QB Matt Barkley opens 2012 with 4 TD passes against Hawaii.

6. Florida State (1-0, 0-0) - Murray State was a helpless opponent as the 'Noles posted 69 points on the Doak Campbell scoreboard.

7. Michigan State (1-0, 0-0) - In one of the more impressive wins of the weekend, the Spartans held off a persistent Boise State team for a huge win. They leap five spots in my poll.

8. Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0) - I drop the Sooners a spot after a rather unimpressive win at UTEP, 24-7. They still have all year to move up.

9. South Carolina (1-0, 1-0) - Vanderbilt is better than people give them credit for, so I move South Carolina up one spot for a road win in a tricky opener.

10. Wisconsin (1-0, 0-0) - The Badgers slip two spots in my poll after squeeking by Northern Iowa, 26-21. I'm big on this program, but that is a weak start to 2012 in my opinion.

11. Georgia (1-0, 0-0) - It took a while for the Dawgs to get rolling, but when it was over UGA had 45 points. Not overly impressive, but a decent win leading into next week's game at Mizzou.

12. Ohio State (1-0, 0-0) - Urban Meyer makes his debut as head coach in a big way at OSU, with a 56-10 stomping of Miami, Ohio. I'm tellin ya folks, the dude can coach and the Buckeyes are a sleeper to win it all.

13. Clemson (1-0, 0-0) - The Tigers defeated Auburn in Atlanta in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. QB Tajh Boyd and company had 528 yards of offense.

14. TCU (0-0, 0-0) - The Horned Frogs open a week from now, so until then they linger around the same spot as last week. We will know more soon enough.

15. Arkansas (1-0, 0-0) - Jacksonville State went down to the Hogs 49-24 in John L. Smith's debut as head coach. 564 yards of offense is impressive regardless of the opponent.

16. Nebraska (1-0, 0-0) - A 49-20 win over a decent Southern Mississippi team is an ok way to start the year. Up next is a journey to UCLA.

17. Michigan (0-1, 0-0) - I droped Michigan 15 full spots for their nice egg-laying at Cowboys Stadium. Yea, yea it was Bama, but you can't go down by 31 in the first half.

18. Oklahoma State (1-0, 0-0) - The Cowboys scored 84 points this weekend. They gave up none. I moved them up five spots for that effort.

19. Virginia Tech (0-0, 0-0) - VT opens with Georgia Tech Monday night. For now they drop a spot due to bad fortune around them.

20. Tennessee (1-0, 0-0) - The Vols go from unranked to this spot after impressing me against NC State. Cordarrelle Patterson, a juco transfer WR, is a game-changer.

21. Kansas State (1-0, 0-0) - The Wildcats move up a spot and leapfrog Florida. KSU put up 51 points in a beat down of Missouri State.

22. Florida (1-0, 0-0) - It wasn't a pretty win at all (Bowling Green State, 27-14), but a win is a win and the Gators remain where I had 'em last week.

23. Texas (1-0, 0-0) - The Longhorns jump into my top 25 with a 20-point home win over Wyoming. This team could move up quickly with several big games on the horizon.

24. North Carolina (1-0, 0-0) - I know it was just Elon, but a 62-0 win is a darned good way for new HC Larry Fedora to get folks' attention in Chapel Hill. The talent is there already.

25. Notre Dame (1-0, 0-0) - I am hesitant to rank the Irish, but a 50-point showing in Aviva Stadium in Dublin over Navy makes me have to give some credit. The Irish take Georgia Tech's spot at the bottom of my top 25 poll for week two.



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