NCAA Football Top 25 Poll – Week 1 – #ncaafb

Sorry for the delay in posting this.  After a long weekend of Football (games from Thursday-Monday) followed by work and home improvement projects I am finally able to give you this week’s Top 25:

1. USC
2. Georgia
3. LSU
4. Wisconsin
5. Oregon
6. Alabama
7. Oklahoma
8. Florida State
9. Arkansas
10. West Virginia
11. Michigan State (They can run, passing is a little suspect)
12. South Carolina (May drop faster, unless Vandy is for real)
13. Clemson
14. Nebraska
15. TCU
16. Boise State (they went to East Lansing and held on.  If not for a ref not blowing his whistle right when TO was called or a missed PI call, it could have easily gone the other way.)
17. Texas
18. Oklahoma State (they still have offense)
19. Virginia Tech
20. Kansas State
21. Michigan
22. Stanford
23. Louisville
24. Florida
25. Notre Dame (we’ll see how long this lasts)

I caught a lot of flack for ranking Boise State as high as I did and yet they went out on the road to one of the toughest stadiums to play in (just ask Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan) and almost walked out victorious.  If the ref would have blown the play dead when MSU called Time Out on 4th and 2, Boise State could have potentially run the same play that got the first down.  Needless to say, Sparty didn’t put it away which is why I left BSU ranked as high as I did.  Virginia Tech and Stanford didn’t look all that great this past weekend.  Also I removed Ohio State for the same reason that USC was off last year.  If you aren’t bowl eligible, then there is no sense in ranking you.  I had forgotten about it when I released the preseason poll.  The bottom and the top will be interesting as the season goes on.  I think the middle will hold its own for quite a while.  I think the new Mountain West may cause some fits as evidenced by this past weekend.  Boise State took Michigan State to the wire, UNLV took Minnesota through 3 OTs (and UNLV was in the cellar of the MWC last year), AF, Fresno State, and New Mexico handily won, Colorado State and Nevada took down PAC-12 Teams, Hawaii gave USC a run for part of their game, Wyoming did the same to Texas, and San Diego State hung in there against Washington.  They are the most interesting Mid-Major out there, despite defection by TCU.

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There is always debate about who should be on a Top 25 Ranking. We decided to show something new last year. If you are ranked and lose, you are off the rankings until you win your way back on. You win your way on by beating a ranked team. If a ranked team beats a ranked team they get both rankings. If they later lose, they lose all their rankings. This is what the AP Top 25 looks like after Week One’s Action:

Rankings

1.
USC
2.
Alabama
3.
LSU
4.Oklahoma
5.Oregon
6.
Georgia
7.
Florida State
8.
Alabama
9.
South Carolina
10.
Arkansas
11.
West Virginia
12.Wisconsin
13.
Michigan State
14.
Clemson
15.Texas
16.
Virginia Tech
17.
Nebraska
18.Ohio State
19.
Oklahoma State
20.
TCU
21.Stanford
22.
Kansas State
23.Florida
24.
Michigan State
25.
Louisville


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