That was a fun weekend of football, eh? With the first games in the books, here’s a look at how I voted in this week’s Fansided Top 25. You can get the full poll over at Saturday Blitz.
6. Ohio State
7. South Carolina
8. Texas A&M
10. Florida State
19. Oklahoma State
20. Northern Illinois
21. Ole Miss
23. Miami (FL)
24. Notre Dame
The first week of the season is always an interesting mix. There are the teams that come out and really impress you you didn’t expect (Washington), good teams that lose a tough game to another good team (Georgia), and talented teams that struggle, but are still probably a top 25 program (Nebraska). I wasn’t even that enamored with what I saw of Alabama, but there’s no way they fall from the top spot after 35-10 win against Virginia Tech. Clemson certainly is worthy of more respect than I assume they will get from the national voters, who refuse to drop teams that don’t lose. Georgia is still one of the 7 or 8 best teams in the country, and Clemson played a fantastic game against them. As for the Bulldogs, they still have Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley, and I expect them to get back on track at home against South Carolina.
Washington might have had the best game of anyone all weekend, thoroughly dominating a pretty good Boise State team at the “new” Husky Stadium. That is a team worth keeping an eye on going forward, as Steve Sarkisian may finally have the arrow pointed up in Seattle.
On the other side, I’m not sure a top 25 team looked worse in a win than Nebraska. The offense is still going to put up points, but the vaunted Blackshirts have been anything but, especially in their last 3 games. I still think the Huskers deserve a ranking, barely, but they’re hanging on by a thread.
As for where the Lions fall for the time being, I’d probably have them in the 30-35 range. There are still plenty of questions about the offense, and just how good a 23-17 win over Syracuse is. A win this week versus Eastern Michigan, and the following Saturday against UCF, and PSU will at least be knocking on the door of my top 25.
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