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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 1

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 6, 2010

1. Alabama 1-0
2. Boise State 1-0
3. Ohio State 1-0
4. TCU 1-0
5. West Virginia 1-0
6. Florida 1-0
7. Nebraska 1-0
8. Wisconsin 1-0
9. Miami 1-0
10. Iowa 1-0
11. Texas 1-0
12. South Carolina 1-0
13. Oregon 1-0
14. Oklahoma 1-0
15. Penn State 1-0
16. Michigan 1-0
17. Georgia Tech 1-0
18. Georgia 1-0
19. Florida St. 1-0
20. Utah 1-0
21. Fresno St. 1-0
22. LSU 1-0
23. Texas A&M 1-0
24. Houston 1-0
25. Arkansas 1-0

--- Week 1 Notes below ---

Week 1 Notes:

Unlike other sectors of our moribund nation, college football is alive and well in the United States of Football, um, America.

Capped off with a thrilling, 33-30 comeback win by Boise State, from which we expected nothing less, the opening weekend of collegiate action featured some remarkable performances, the usual share of blowouts and any number of interesting factors looking ahead.

Opening on Thursday night with an eye-opening performance by South Carolina - a 41-13 domination of Southern Miss. - the Gamecocks appear poised to make some noise in the SEC. The Gamecocks have the good fortune of catching Georgia (Sept. 11), Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas on their home soil. South Carolina is as good on defense as any of the top three or four teams in the country and now has the offense to make them a competitor.

Speaking of the SEC, Tennessee will host Oregon next Saturday in what could be a telling match-up. The Vols and Ducks were both huge winners and the early-season tilt will do both programs good, win or lose.

Alabama and Ohio State sit at #1 and #3 respectively, in our rankings, interspersed with the scourges of the BCS - Boise (#2) and TCU (#4). Both of the latter teams may finish out their regular seasons undefeated, though each will face challenges along the way. For Boise St., an open eye should be kept trained on the Bulldogs of Fresno State, who came away with a 28-14 win over Cincinnati in their seasonal debut. TCU has the larger challenge of having to play SMU, BYU, Air Force and Utah, all conference opponents, along the way.

It could be a down year for the Big East. Three of their top schools lost their openers: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and UConn (hammered by a much-improved Michigan squad) all tasting defeat. That leaves only West Virginia, at #5 as the only team from the conference to crack our rankings.

On the topic of the Downtown Magazine Rankings, there was some concern about leaving Virginia Tech out of the preseason Top 25, but this was done after serious examination of their schedule.

In two weeks they host a solid East Carolina team, and in November face Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Miami in succession, with the latter two games on the road. With their loss to Boise St. already in hand, only Herculean effort will keep the Hokies from finishing worse than 9-3, if that. They should crack the Top 25 at some points in the season, but their overall prospects are dimmed by the level of competition in the ACC and across the country.

It is also a policy of the Downtown Magazine Rankings never to include 0-1 teams in the first week. Those teams which were winners deserve the spotlight, despite the level of opposition faced by those teams which lost. Along with Virginia Tech, notable losers included Oregon State, Pittsburgh, UConn, Washington and North Carolina.

Copyright 2009, 2010, 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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