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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 1

Rick Gagliano | Through games of September 5, 2011

1. Stanford 1-0
2. LSU 1-0
3. Alabama 1-0
4. Oklahoma 1-0
5. Boise State 1-0
6. Florida State 1-0
7. Ohio State 1-0
8. Texas A&M 1-0
9. Arkansas 1-0
10. South Carolina 1-0
11. Oklahoma State 1-0
12. Virginia Tech 1-0
13. Nebraska 1-0
14. Mississippi State 1-0
15. Wisconsin 1-0
16. West Virginia 1-0
17. Michigan State 1-0
18. Houston 1-0
19. Baylor 1-0
20. Florida 1-0
21. Penn State 1-0
22. North Carolina State 1-0
23. South Florida 1-0
24. Maryland 1-0
25. Arizona State 1-0

--- Week 1 Notes below ---

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Week 1 Notes:

It is notable, in Week 1 of Downtown Magazine's exclusive, unbiased Top 25 rankings, that two of the nation's top teams from 2010 are missing after the initial weekend of action, those being Oregon and TCU.

It's not as though these teams aren't good, just that they lost their season openers, and as is the preference of Downtown Magazine, no teams make the Top 25 without a win. Expectations are one thing; actual results are what count, and TCU and Oregon's performances were not of high enough quality to get them wins, though it should be pointed out that TCU's 50-48 loss at Baylor was quite a bit better than Oregon's confidence-shattering, 40-27 defeat at the hands of LSU, a team playing without their regular starting QB, Jordan Jefferson.

The most impressive wins of the weekend - outside of Syracuse's stunning, comeback 36-29 OT win over Wake Forest (they nearly made the Top 25 list) came out of all conferences, and certainly include Baylor's win, marking them in at #19 in this week's rankings.

Of the blowout variety, the best of the best were Stanford's 57-3 smashing of San Jose St. (the Cardinal yielded just 27 yards rushing), Ohio State's 42-0 romp over the Akron Zips, in which the Buckeyes amassed 517 yards of offense and allowed the Zips just 90 yards and five first downs, and Mississippi State's 59-14 road win at Memphis.

Texas A&M also deserves credit for shutting down a competent SMU defense in a 46-14 rout, as does Florida State, with their 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, along with Virginia Tech, as dangerous as ever with a 66-13 pounding of Appalachian State.

And while the consensus is that Oklahoma looked the meanest and leanest on the opening weekend, their 47-14 victory over Tulsa - along with Alabama's 48-7 win over Kent State - only proved that the Sooners and Crimson Tide are capable of steamrolling inferior opposition.

Among the casualties beyond Oregon and TCU, Auburn did not look particularly focused or convincing, winning 42-38 over Utah State, which actually should have won the game, having outplayed the Tigers for the better part of four quarters. Auburn doesn't get the benefit of the doubt this week, as they surely don't appear to be a Top 25 caliber team at this point, and the SEC season is likely to take it's toll on the reigning national champions.

Notre Dame also fell flat, though their five turnovers in the 23-20 loss to South Florida were the result of resolute defense and a team refused to be taken in by the Irish mystique. While the Irish should rebound from such a sub-par effort, it was a poor showing for a team with such high aspirations.

Since it is only the first week of college football, the positions are bound t change radically as the season progresses and teams play increasingly tougher opponents, but for now, Stanford still looks most impressive, though a case could be made for any of the top six or eight teams.

Copyright 2011, 2012, 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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