The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week One
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After a week of play, and a lot more to base things off of than before, my Top 25 was shaken up quite a bit this week. The two teams from my home state both got whipped as South Carolina and Clemson lost to Texas A&M and Georgia, respectively, by 24 points each. FSU survived a scare from Oklahoma State, Alabama survived a scare from West Virginia, and LSU came back from down 17 to knock off Wisconsin. It was an exciting weekend of college football to say the least!
Here are my top 25 teams following the games of week one....
1. Florida State (1-0) - It wasn't a total domination, but Florida State held on to beat Oklahoma State, 37-31, to start things off. Any knowledgeable college football fan knew going into this game that OSU would be no pushover. The Cowboys are a solid program. But I think most folks thought the 'Noles would win by more than six points, too. Regardless, FSU is 1-0 and the hurdles coming up are Clemson at home and pesky NC State in Raleigh after a home date with The Citadel this coming weekend.
2. Auburn (1-0) - I thought Auburn would have won this game by a little more, but 24 points is a nice home win over a bad team to get things going. QB Nick Marshall sat out the first half, but replacement Jeremy Johnson did just fine: 243 passing yards and 2 TDs. Still, Auburn was tied at halftime, 21-21. After the half, the Auburn D came alive and shutout Arkansas, while Marshall scored a TD and led several other scoring drives. Up next for Auburn are San Jose State and an off week before traveling to Kansas State on the 18th for an intriguing OOC game.
3. Oklahoma (1-0) - The Sooners went up 31-0 on Louisiana Tech early and then coasted for a 48-16 win at home in the season opener. Oklahoma was able to pull the starters and move on without any major problems. However, they did lose Jordan Evans as the first ejection of the year. Evans was called for targeting and will miss some time....Oklahoma will now face Tulsa at home before welcoming in Tennessee in a very interesting OOC game. The jury is till out on the Vols, but they are certainly a better gauge than La. Tech and Tulsa!
4. Alabama (1-0) - West Virginia gave Alabama all they wanted in the season opener from the Georgia Dome. In the end, a 10-point win over a quality program should be just fine, but with a half to go, the Mountaineers were within three, and they made several exciting plays after the break to keep it interesting until late. For Alabama, Blake Sims (24 of 33, 250 yards, INT) is your starting quarterback after playing the entire game. TJ Yeldon's two TDs were the difference for the Crimson Tide.
5. Oregon (1-0) - South Dakota wasn't much of a challenge for the Ducks as Oregon put up 673 yards and 62 points in a thumping. Now though, it gets serious. Michigan State comes into Autzen Stadium this Saturday, and their defense is slightly better than that of the fighting Coyotes. Oregon has one of the better teams in the country, but besides the Spartans, UO must also face a tough slate of Pac-12 games. They may be CFP worthy, but it will not be easy to get there.
6. UCLA (1-0) - I was among those surprised that Virginia made a game out of this. The Cavaliers, one of the worst in D-1 a year ago, put on a decent performance, falling mainly due to a freak show of defense by UCLA (three scoring TDs) in the second quarter. Brett Hundley (20 of 33, 242 yards, rushing TD) played an average game at QB, but did lead his team on a critical scoring drive late in the third quarter. Memphis is Saturday at home, Texas comes in after that.
7. Georgia (1-0) - The Dawgs played a tight game with Clemson until Todd Gurley and his wrecking crew of running backs opened things up in the 4th quarter. Gurley accounted for four TDs (including a 100-yard KO return) and 293 all-purpose yards (UGA record) in the 45-21 win. Tied 21-21 at halftime, Georgia's defense shut down Clemson to zero points and just one first down after intermission. UGA has the week off before traveling I-20 over to play South Carolina.
8. Michigan State (1-0) - Not sure what there really is to take away from a big win over Jacksonville State, but 45-7 is what it is. There were no injuries - although QB Connor Cook got a scare - and the Spartans can now shift their attention to a big-time match-up at Oregon in five days. Cook looked solid, throwing for 285 yards and three TDs. He will have to lead his team to at least 30 points, and hope his D plays lights out, to beat Oregon next week. I see the Ducks getting at least 30 at home.
9. LSU (1-0) - Facing a punt, and down more than two TDs in the second half, the Mad Hatter Les Miles once again went to his magic tricks and pulled out a dandy. The Tigers picked up a first down on a trick punt, scored on the drive, and rallied from down 17 to steal a win away from what has to be a devastated Wisconsin team and fan base. We all know that LSU has the athletes to compete at the elite level. It looks like they also know how to stay focused to find a way to win.
10. Texas A&M (1-0) - QB Kenny Hill is going to quickly make people in College Station get over the loss of Johnny Football. Hill did anything he wanted in guiding his Aggie offense to a 52-28 win on the road at South Carolina. I jumped A&M seven spots in my poll this week with that impressive victory. How long will it last, though? A&M faces three teams - in their division alone - currently ranked in my Top 10. The next five games will see them favored big, but five of the final six games are brutal.
11. Ohio State (1-0)
12. Baylor (1-0)
13. Stanford (1-0)
14. Arizona State (1-0)
15. USC (1-0)
16. Texas (1-0)
17. Kansas State (1-0)
18. Michigan (1-0)
19. Louisville (1-0)
20. Notre Dame (1-0)
21. Penn State (1-0)
22. Ole Miss (1-0)
23. Nebraska (1-0)
24. North Carolina (1-0)
25. California (1-0)
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