The college football season kicked off with an exciting first week. There weren’t any huge upsets among the top teams, but lower-ranked teams like Oregon State and Kansas State lost to opponents in the FCS, a division that is considered to be of lower quality than the FBS.
The top 10 didn’t change much, but watch out for Florida State. Their redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston became the talk of the weekend with his near-perfect performance against Pittsburgh. Alabama didn’t look great in its win over Virginia Tech, but the Crimson Tide still occupy the top spot in the rankings.
1. Alabama (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 1)
Going into this season, no one was picking against Alabama to win it all for the third straight year. It’s way too early to count them out, but the Tide looked beatable against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Their shaky debut should give other teams confidence against them. Alabama gets a week off before playing Texas A&M in the most exciting matchup of the season.
2. Oregon (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 2)
Speaking of dangerous offenses, the Ducks scored 66 points in a blowout win over Nicholls. Sure, they played a no-name school, but Oregon had three 100-yard rushers in the game and will once again be the most exciting team in the nation. If they can beat Stanford in November, the Ducks should go undefeated.
3. Ohio State (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 3)
The Buckeyes didn’t dominate against Buffalo on Saturday, but running back Jordan Hall had a great day, with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Look for him to complement quarterback Braxton Miller to create a dangerous offense.
4. Clemson (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 10)
The Tigers had the best statement win of week one, beating Georgia, a top-10 team. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had a great game (270 passing yards, three touchdowns) and Clemson already has one of its toughest opponents of the season out of the way.
5. Stanford (0-0, Last week’s ranking: 4)
Stanford hasn’t started its season yet, but when it does, expect a team that can play efficient football and shut down opposing offenses. Stanford probably can’t lose more than once if it wants to make the championship game, but that’s certainly a possibility with this team.
6. South Carolina (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 6)
Jadeveon Clowney didn’t look like the sack-machine we thought he would be against North Carolina in week one, but the Gamecocks still got the win. Clowney will have to play better against SEC opponent Georgia on Saturday though.
7. Texas A&M (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 5)
It’s encouraging that quarterback Johnny Manziel threw three touchdowns in the second half, but he’ll have to do less trash-talking if he wants to lead the Aggies to a championship. They have the talent to go far, and the true test will come against Alabama.
8. Louisville (1-0, Last week’s ranking: 8)
If he keeps playing like he did against Ohio on Saturday, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (355 yards, five touchdowns) will continue to get Louisville noticed and make himself the popular choice for the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
9. LSU (1-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in the top 10)
The Tigers, who are coming off a win over Texas Christian, played and beat their first ranked team early. They shouldn’t be challenged until they play Auburn on Sept. 21. After that, though, LSU could be in trouble: they play Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Texas A&M. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger and the offense will have to score a lot of points to win those games.
10. Florida State (1-0, Last week’s ranking: Not in the top 10)
It’s hard to play any better than redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston played in his first college game (356 passing yards, four touchdowns and only two incompletions). If he can keep it up, the race between Florida State and Clemson for the ACC championship will become one of the best storylines of the season.
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