1). Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
That Crimson Tide defense, down four players taken in the first two rounds of the NFL draft last spring, is still physical and dominating. Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to ArDarius Stewart and ran for two more scores in a 52-6 victory over No. 20 Southern California on Saturday night. Everybody expected the defense to be dominant, the only question was on offense and freshman QB Jalen Hurts had a resounding answer for those questions.
2). Clemson Tigers (1-0)
QB Deshaun Watson passed for 248 yards, including 174 to Mike Williams in his return from a neck injury in last season’s opener. Gallman carried 30 times for 123 yards. The 19-13 win was not as dominant as some would like, but a season opening win at Auburn is nothing to sneeze at.
3). Florida State Seminoles (1-0)
After a shaky first half the Seminoles defense settled down and the offense took over. Solid win over a very good OLE MISS team to start the season.
4). Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
Ohio State scored 10 offensive touchdowns and rolled up a school record 776 yards in beating Bowling Green Saturday. Veteran quarterback J.T. Barrett broke a school record in being responsible for seven touchdowns – six passing and a seventh on the ground. The junior was 21 for 31 for 349 yards and rushed for another 30 before giving way to backup Joe Burrow with 6:30 left in the third quarter. Freshman tailback Mike Weber bullied his way to 136 yards on 19 carries. Curtis Samuel ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass.
5). Michigan Wolverines (1-0)
Michigan, which didn’t need to punt once, had its most decisive win since beating Northwestern by 69 points four decades ago and its highest-scoring opener since routing Ohio Wesleyan 65-0 in 1905.
6). Houston Cougars (1-0)
Greg Ward Jr., Brandon Wilson and the previously 15th-ranked Cougars looked every bit ready to compete in the Big 12 – or any other conference for that matter – in a 33-23 victory against No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday. The most impressive part of the game was the way the Cougars defense shut down the explosive Oklahoma offense, the Cougars have the look of a serious title contender.
7). Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)
Less than 10 months after going down on a play that’s still tough to watch, Nick Chubb ran for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead previously No. 18 Georgia to a 33-24 victory over previously No. 22 North Carolina in Kirby Smart’s coaching debut Saturday night. With Chubb running the ball the Bulldogs are all of the sudden a serious threat in the SEC.
8). Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
McCaffrey scored his second touchdown on a late 41-yard run that helped lead No. 8 Stanford to a 26-13 victory over Kansas State on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. Stanford did not look sharp, but they are well coached and continue to improve all season.
9). Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0)
Jhajuan Seales caught two touchdown passes, helping No. 21 Oklahoma State roll past Southeastern Louisiana 61-7 on Saturday. Oklahoma State is my sleeper team and will make noise all year.
10). Washington Huskies (1-0)
John Ross caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for another score, Jake Browning threw for 287 yards, and No. 14 Washington looked every bit a Top 25 team with a 48-13 rout of Rutgers on Saturday. Washington looks like possibly the best team in the PAC 12, I know it is early, but don’t sleep on the huskies.
11). Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0)
Senior C.J. Beathard was 13 of 20 passing for 192 yards and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes (1-0), whose sloppy defensive play in the second half let Miami hang around. Iowa played much of the game without star linebacker Josey Jewell, who was ejected early in the first quarter for targeting. Jewell nailed Matt Merimee with a viscous helmet to helmet hit. Iowa’s run game was devastating and as always they have solid QB play, if they get the defense straightened out they will be tough to contend with.
12). Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
Jalen Hurd pounced on quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ fumble in the end zone and No. 9 Tennessee overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to escape with a 20-13 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night. App.State is much better than people realize especially on defense, but Tennessee has to play better than this to contend.
13). Louisville Cardinals (1-0)
amar Jackson not only hit 16 Louisville receivers with passes – six for touchdowns – he weaved his way through Charlotte’s beleaguered defense for a couple of hard-earned scores himself.Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime to help No. 19 Louisville dismantle Charlotte 70-14 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Louisville is very underrated and will continue to climb.
14). TCU Horned Frogs (1-0)
The fiery Patterson built his reputation on defense, and that took a hit with South Dakota State rolling up 461 yards. The Frogs sacked Christian four times, but he still had time to drop perfect passes into coverage several times. Practice won’t be fun for the Frogs this week. Still, the offense looked good without Trevone Boykin, finishing with 662 yards.
15). Texas Longhorns (1-0)
Texas hasn’t been ranked since late 2013 when Mack Brown was coach. Beating a top-10 opponent with big plays, tough running and late moxie probably earns a return to my Top 20.
16). Oklahoma Sooners (0-1)
Oklahoma got dominated in the second half against Houston, but the Cougars are a very good team. With Oklahoma’s schedule if they win out they are still probably a playoff team. That being said , they must play better if they have any hopes of doing that.
17). Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-1)
They gave up 50 points! Offensively they played great, but Coach Kelly better get the defense fixed quick. Brian Kelly will have to consider scrapping the quarterback rotation between Kizer and Malik Zaire that sapped momentum and helped dig the Irish into a big hole.
18). Texas A&M (1-0)
Trevor Knight threw for 239 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores, including that one in overtime to lead Texas A&M past UCLA in his debut with the Aggies.Texas A&M sealed the victory when Justin Evans knocked down Josh Rosen’s pass at the goal line on fourth down in overtime.
19). Wisconsin Badgers (1-0)
The Badgers staved off the fifth-ranked Tigers’ desperate last-ditch drive for a 16-14 victory Saturday in a game that dealt an early blow to LSU’s national title hopes.
20). Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
O’Connor threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and the 12th-ranked Spartans held off upset-minded Furman 28-13 on Friday. O’Connor went 13 of 18 with an interception in his second career start, but Michigan State let the Paladins hang around for a while in the opener for both teams.
21). UCLA Bruins (0-1)
Tough loss at A&M, but this is a good team with a top flight QB. That being said they can not turn the ball over this much on the road and expect to win.
22). LSU Tigers (0-1)
One of the most talented rosters in college football, but they do not have a QB and that will be the downfall of this team.
23). OLE Miss Rebels (0-1)
Played a great first half and showed they can play with anybody. Florida State just had too much fire power for the Rebels.
24). Oregon Ducks (1-0)
Prukop threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns as the Ducks overcame a both a rocky start and a determined UC Davis team for a 53-28 season-opening victory on Saturday.
25). Miami(Fla) (1-0)
Beat Florida A&M 70-3, which means nothing in the grand scheme of things. I think the Canes will be an improved team with a big time QB.