Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Week 1 is about in the books: Here's our Top 25 Rankings for Week 1

Plenty of thunder and lightning this past weekend, with games interrupted at Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan, Tennessee and West Virginia. Only Notre Dame (0-1) lost at home, among those schools, with a 20-23 loss vs. South Florida (1-0).

There are some questions heading into Week 2. In the next two weeks, we will see a shake up in the polls. Week 1 provided some opportunity to shake things up, as well.

Here is our Week 1: CIDSports Top 25 Poll:

  1. Alabama (1-0) 1 - The Crimson Tide beat Kent (0-1) 48-7 in Tuscaloosa to open the 2011 season. The two major polls stuck with Oklahoma, but we will stay with the Crimson Tide. After all, defense wins championships! Week 2: @ Penn State (1-0), which will pit two programs playing two QBs right now. Will one earn the spot in the game at Happy Valley? Penn State is coming off a 41-7 win over FCS' Indiana State (0-1)

  2. Oklahoma (1-0) 2 - The Sooners open 2011 with an emotional 47-14 win over Tulsa (0-1) in Norman. This off season, Sooners' LB Austin Box passed away suddenly, so plenty of emotion for the Sooners in the season opener. Week 2: the Sooners will enjoy a bye week in preparation for the Week 3 showdown @ #4 Florida State (1-0), which favored the Seminoles in 2010.

  3. LSU (1-0) 7 - The Tigers rocked in Arlington, TX over former #3 rated Oregon (0-1) with a solid 40-27 win fueled by excellent defense and a steady performance by elevated QB Jarrett Lee for LSU. Quick Stat: "LSU has won 34 consecutive non-conference games games, the longest such streak in the nation, including all 23 in the regular season under seventh-year coach Les Miles." The last OOC loss came in the 2005 Capital One Bowl on the final play of the game vs. Iowa. Week 2: vs. FCS' Northwestern State (1-0) in home opener.

  4. Florida State (1-0) 4 - The Seminoles took care of business in season opener in Tallahassee with a 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe (0-1). Week 2: The Seminoles will warm up for the Week 3 showdown with #2 Oklahoma, with a game vs. FCS' Charleston Southern (0-1).

  5. Boise State (1-0) 5 - The Broncos traveled to Atlanta and took care of business over an overrated Georgia (0-1) 35-21. Both major polls felt the Bulldogs deserved a preseason ranking. Clearly Boise State becomes the nation's top non-BCS team, with TCU's opening weekend loss @ Baylor, and the win over the Bulldogs. Georgia head coach Mark Richt falls on the hot seat. Week 2: the Broncos enjoy a bye week, before traveling back East in Week 3 for a Friday night ESPN game @ Toledo (1-0), who will be coming off a short week, after a tough game @ Ohio State in Week 2.

  6. Virginia Tech (1-0) 6 - The Hokies extended Frank Beamer's contract, as well as took down FCS' Appalachian State 66-13 in Blacksburg to open the 2011 season. Beamer is in his 25Th season as head coach for the Hokies. Week 2: the Hokies travel to Greenville for a game @ East Carolina (0-1).

  7. Oregon (0-1) 3 - The Ducks fall in the season opener in Arlington, TX to former #7 LSU (1-0) 27-40. Is flip-flopping each team the appropriate move, after Week 1? The Ducks are still the team to beat in the new Pac 12, since LSU has a better defense, than anything you will find in the Pac 12. Week 2: the Ducks' home opener vs. Nevada (0-0), who must rebuild, after last year's amazing 13-1 season and #11 finish in the AP Poll.

  8. Wisconsin (1-0) 12 - The Badgers finished #7 in the final 2010 AP Poll last season. With NC State transfer QB Russell Wilson moving into Scott Tolzien's position, the Badgers took down UNLV (0-1) in Madison 51-17 to open the 2011 season. Week 2: vs. Oregon State (0-1) in Madison. The Beavers lost the home opener in OT to FCS' Sacramento State (0-1) 28-29.

  9. Oklahoma State (1-0) 9 - The Cowboys opened 2011 with a 61-34 win in Stillwater over Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1). Week 2: vs. Arizona (1-0) on a Thursday night ESPN home game that will be a good test, against a team rebuilding. The Wildcats won their home opener against FCS' Northern Arizona (0-1) 41-10.

  10. Arkansas (1-0) 10 - The Razorbacks opened the season with a 51-7 win over FCS' Missouri State (0-1) in Fayetteville.. Week 2: vs. New Mexico (0-1) in Little Rock, against a team that lost the home opener vs. Colorado State (0-1) 10-14.

  11. Stanford (1-0) 13 - The Cardinal opened 2011 with a home win over San Jose State 57-3. Week 2: The Cardinal travel across the country to Durham, NC for a game @ Duke (0-1). The Blue Devils fell 21-23 in the home opener to FCS' Richmond (1-0).

  12. Nebraska (1-0) 12 - The Cornhuskers have joined the Big Ten and they kicked off the 2011 season with a 40-7 win over FCS' Chattanooga (0-1) in Lincoln. Week 2: vs. Fresno State (0-1), who are coming off a 21-36 loss to California (1-0) in San Francisco.

  13. Texas A&M (1-0) 14 - The Aggies opened 2011 at home in College Station with a 46-14 win over SMU (0-1). Week 2: the Aggies can focus on the SEC and leaving the Big 12, while they enjoy a bye week, before hosting Idaho (0-1) in Week 3. The Vandals lost home opener vs. Bowling Green (1-0) 15-32 and will face FCS' North Dakota (1-0), before trip to College Station.

  14. South Carolina (1-0) 16 - The Gamecocks opened 2011 in Charlotte, NC with a 56-37 win over East Carolina (0-1). Week 2: the Gamecocks open the SEC East on the road @ Georgia (0-1), who will attempt to rebound from a disappointing 21-35 loss in Atlanta vs. #5 Boise State (1-0). "Seven of the last 10 meetings between these schools have been decided by seven points or less."

  15. Ohio State (1-0) 15 - The Buckeyes had a tough off season with the suspensions, resignation of Jim Tresell and NCAA investigation. Interim coach Luke Fickel lead the Buckeyes in the season opener to a 42-0 win over Akron (1-0). Week 2: vs. Toledo (1-0), who won 58-22 in the home opener vs. FCS' New Hampshire (0-1).

  16. Mississippi State (1-0) 18 - The Bulldogs opened 2011 on the road @ Memphis (0-1) with a 59-14 win. Week 2: @ Auburn (1-0) for the SEC West opener. The Tigers are coming off a near upset loss vs. Utah State (0-1) in the home opener. Auburn is 59-23-2, but last year's game in Starksville, MS ended with a 17-14 win, the ninth in 10 years for the Tigers.

  17. Florida (1-0) 19 - The Gators opened a new era under first-year coach Will Muschamp with a 41-3 win over Florida Atlantic in Gainsville. Week 2: vs. UAB (0-0) has their season opener in Gainsville, as the Gators work to fully implement new OC Charlie Weis' system.

  18. West Virginia (1-0) 18 - The Mountianeers won a lightning/rain shortened game in Morgantown, new coach Dan Holgorsen's opener, with a 34-13 win over in-state Marshall. Week 2: vs. FCS' Norfolk State (1-0), a good tune up, before a tougher OOC road game @ Maryland (1-0) in Week 3.

  19. Brigham Young (1-0) 23 - The Cougars began a new season as an Independent with a road test in Oxford, MS, with a 14-13 win over Mississippi (0-1). Week 2: the Cougars hit the road again with a trip to Austin and a meeting @ Texas (1-0), with their Top 25 ranking on the line. The Longhorns opened 2011 with a 34-9 home win vs. Rice (0-1). The Cougars are 2-0 all-time vs. the Longhorns.

  20. Central Florida (1-0) nr - The Golden Knights finished 11-3 in 2010 and #21 in the final AP Poll. Central Florida beat Charleston Southern 62-0 in Orlando to open the 2011 season. Week 2: the Golden Knights vs. Boston College (0-1) in a prime time game in Orlando. The Eagles lost at home 17-24 to Northwestern (1-0) in the season opener.

  21. USC (1-0) 21 - The Trojans opened 2011 with a 19-17 win in Los Angeles over Minnesota (0-1). Week 2: the Trojans open the Pac 12 season with Pac 12 newcomer Utah (1-0), who opened 2011 with a 27-10 home opener vs. FCS' Montana State (0-1). Another Top 25 game, where the winner will likely be ranked.

  22. Iowa (1-0) 22 - The Hawkeyes were able to finish the home opener of 2011, despite a 1-1/2 hour lightning delay, with a 37-7 win over FCS' Tennessee Tech (0-1). Week 2: the Hawkeyes head to Ames for the Cy-Hawk Trophy Game @ Iowa State (1-0), who won a last minute game vs. Northern Iowa (0-1) 20-19. A new trophy will be on the line in this year's battle.

  23. Arizona State (1-0) 24 - The Sun Devils opened 2011 in Tempe with a 48-14 win over UC Davis (0-1). Week 2: vs. #24 Missouri (1-0) on Friday night on ESPN in a key Top 25 showdown of Week 2.

  24. Missouri (1-0) nr - The Tigers with new QB James Franklin under center opened 2011 with a 17-6 win in Columbia over Miami-OH (0-1). Week 2: @ # 23 Arizona State (1-0), as the Tigers travel back to Tempe, home of their last lost, in the Insight Bowl to Iowa, 24-27, to close out 2010.

  25. (tied) Auburn (1-0) 25 - the Tigers, the defending BCS titleholders, nearly lost the season opener vs. Utah State (0-1) with a 42-38 win, fueled by a onside kick and TD return in the final minute. Yes, we thought of throwing them out of the Top 25, but they won, plus Week 2 vs. #16 Mississippi State (1-0), in the SEC West opener of the season should determine whether they stay or not. The SEC West figures to be the toughest division in college football again this season.
    (tied) South Florida (1-0) nr - The Bulls held on to win a lightning delayed road game 23-20 @ former #8 Notre Dame (0-1) to open the 2011 season. Week 2: vs. Ball State (1-0), who beat Indiana (0-1) 27-20 in the season opener in Indianapolis.

Out of the Top 25: former #8 Notre Dame (0-1) - lost 20-23 in South Bend to South Florida (1-0); former #17 TCU (0-1) - lost 48-50 @ Baylor in Waco. Notre Dame didn't deserve the Top 25 ranking. Coach Gary Patterson at TCU wins with defense, so 50 points given up is a clear indication that there is plenty of rebuilding ahead for the Horned Frogs.

Last five out of the Top 25: Michigan State (1-0), Penn State (1-0), Southern Miss (1-0), Utah (1-0), Texas (1-0)

Program on the Hot Seat: Georgia (0-1), after the disappointing performance in Atlanta vs. #5 Boise State (1-0).

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