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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 1

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 2, 2013

RANK TEAM RECORD
1 Oregon 1-0
2 Clemson 1-0
3 Alabama 1-0
4 Ohio State 1-0
5 Louisville 1-0
6 Texas A&M 1-0
7 Stanford 0-0
8 South Carolina 1-0
9 Michigan 1-0
10 LSU 1-0
11 UCLA 1-0
12 Florida State 1-0
13 Texas 1-0
14 Georgia 0-1
15 Notre Dame 1-0
16 Baylor 1-0
17 Florida 1-0
18 Wisconsin 1-0
19 Oklahoma State 1-0
20 Washington 1-0
21 Oklahoma 1-0
22 Northwestern 1-0
23 Georgia Tech 1-0
24 TCU 0-1
25 Cincinnati 1-0

--- Week 1 Notes below ---


Week 1 Notes:

Ducks, Tigers Top Initial Rankings

With the excitement of another college football season underway and a weekend's worth of games played, the ranking process begins anew.

While the major polls went with the knee-jerk reaction of keeping the top of the college football elite intact, though Alabama and Ohio State didn't exactly blow anyone away, the teams that were the most impressive in week one were - in order - Oregon, Clemson and Louisville.

Despite playing a nobody school in Nicholls State, the Ducks set a school record for total yards in their season-opening, 66-3, victory. Other notable demolitions were performed by #23 Georgia Tech, a 70-0 winner over Elon, #18 Wiconsin's 45-0 blasting of UMass, #13 Texas bombing New Mexico State, 56-7, and #9 Michigan's 59-9 rout of Central Michigan.

Alabama's offense was non-existent against Virginia Tech, though the Crimson Tide defense was impressive. The Tide punted nine times, a number unheard of for a Nick Saban-coached team. On the bright side for 'Bama, Virginia Tech was completely impotent offensively, throwing for just 59 yards on 5-for-26 passing. The Alabama secondary stamped itself as one of the best in the country, while the Tide scored three of its five TDs on a punt return, kick off return and an interception pick-six. Had the score been more indicative of a solid offensive poerformance by Alabama, they may be ranked #1, but, right now, they have the #1 defense and not much of an offense. They fall into line at #3.

Ohio State may have put up what looks like an impressive, 40-20 win over Buffalo, but the Buckeyes didn't play very well, turning the ball over twice (once for a 45-yard interception TD), committing nine penalties for 94 yards and allowing the Bulls 185 yards on 19-for-32 passing. It was not the kind of performance one would expect from a team that's supposed to be vying not only for the Big Ten title but for a national championship. The Buckeyes get a B-minus in their opener and drop in at #4.

Clemson gutted out a 38-35 win over a very solid Georgia team, which, despite the loss, maintains its Top 25 status, at #14. Clemson gets the nod for #2 right now. Their schedule and the level of play has them on track to remain in the top five throughout the season.

Louisville's 49-10 win over a pretty good, experienced and well-coached Ohio squad out of the Mid-America conference speaks volumes to the talent on the Cardinals. While the offense was largely expected to be sensational, and were, the defense was also a very bright spot for a team that has nothing on its schedule to impede an undefeated record. While it's very, very early, don't be surprised if the Cardinals run the table.

The biggest surprise of the weekend was Washington's absolute blowout of preseason Top 25 Boise State, by the ridiculously-easy score of 38-6. It was inevitable that Boise would schedule an opener against a PAC-12 team that saw them coming and the Huskies were ready. Washington makes the grade at #20 this week. Recall that last season, it was Washington that upset Stanford, 17-13. The Huskies are a team to watch in the wide-open PAC-12, along with #11 UCLA, an easy, 58-20 winner over Nevada.

Also booted from the rankings was Kansas State, upset by North Dakota State, 24-21. TCU makes two teams with a loss in the initial rankings. Along with #14 Georgia, the Horned Frogs come in at #24, after their 37-27 loss to LSU.

Copyright 2013, 2014, Rick Gagliano, Downtown Magazine. All rights reserved. Downtown Magazine is located in the Uinted States of America and is not affiliated with the National Football League or the NCAA. For more information, contact us here. Use of this site is for entertainment purposes only.

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