Well, my friends, yesterday was quite a day; and by golly we actually have 2 more games on the docket for this evening and one tomorrow night. Quite an opening weekend for college football.
This year we plan to offer up a FootballScoop Top 25 each week. We’ll give you our insight and opinions and we’ll see where this takes us. Hey, if the College Football Playoff committee can do it…
Now, without further adieu…and with the disclaimer that this is week 1 folks (and three games remain to be played…and Florida’s game was cancelled)…here’s how we see it.
Note> In first issuance I inadvertently left Ohio State off the list. I have inserted them as a 10 a.
|#1||Beat Oklahoma State 37-31 (Dallas)||Didn’t play their best game and truly didn’t look sharp; but beat a quality opponent on the road.|
|#2||Beat South Dakota 62-13||Handled business.|
|#3||Beat South Carolina 52-28||Went into a hostile environment and simply owned the place.|
|#4||Beat Louisiana Tech 48-16||Handled business.|
|#5||Beat Jacksonville State 45-7||Handled business.|
|#6||Beat UC Davis 45-0||Handled business.|
|#7||Beat West Virginia 33-23 (Atlanta)||Alabama is loaded at running back and their offensive line creates holes. Defense didn’t play their best game. Still got the stops when they were needed against an offense that has playmakers.|
|#8||Beat Clemson 45-21||All the running backs. The defense get downright dirty in the 2nd half, allowing seemingly no yards. None.|
|#10||Beat Arkansas 45-21||The offense will score a plenty.|
|#10a||Beat Navy 34-17 (Baltimore)||Issues were identified…let’s see how Urban addresses them this week. Team can improve from here; but will it.|
|#11||Beat Rice 48-17||Offense looked right in the opener.|
|#12||Beat Wisconsin 28-24 (Houston)||Quarterback and offensive line play need to improve over next few weeks before SEC play begins.|
|#13||Beat Weber State 45-14||Handled business.|
|#14||Beat Fresno State 52-13||A tough week for the program ended about as well as they could have scripted.|
|#15||Beat FAU 55-7||That one was for Carl.|
|#16||Won at UVA 28-20||UCLA has athletes all over the field; but it didn’t all come together Saturday at UVA. The offensive line play looked particularly off.|
|#17||Beat Boise State 35-13||Needs an improved running game if they are to content in the West.|
|#18||Beat UCF 26-24 (Ireland)||Had the lead most of the game…and then drove for the game winning field goal at the end. That’s what good teams do.|
|#19||Beat UNLV 58-13||Handled business. Offense was on fire.|
|#20||Beat North Texas 38-7||Handled business.|
|#21||Beat Colorado 31-17 (Denver)||Running game looked impressive.|
|#22||Lost at Georgia 21-45||Team is a bit young and thin. Defense is talented but wore down against a punishing Georgia offense.|
|#23||Lost to Penn State 24-26 (Ireland)||Young QB, Holman, who played the second half against Penn State was exciting (see Winston, Jameis).|
|#24||Lost to Florida State 31-37 (Dallas)||Gave Florida State way more than they wanted.|
|#25||Lost to Alabama 33-23 (Atlanta)||Showed (themselves) they can compete with Alabama. A couple of plays here, or there, and that game was winnable.|
Deserving of mention: Pitt, Missouri, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, ULL, Maryland.
Louisville hosts Miami Monday night. That one could impact this ranking.