Here’s how I voted after the first full week of college football.
For the complete AP poll, go here.
1. Alabama (1-0, beat Florida State 24-7)
The Tide got off to a sluggish start against Florida State, but should have no problem with that other FSU visiting from California this week (the Bulldogs won 66-0, but it was against Incarnate Word.
2. Clemson (1-0, beat Kent State 56-3)
The defending champs showed they can still score without DeShaun Watson. We knew the defense would be stifling.
3. Penn State (1-0, beat Akron 52-0)
The Zips got zip against the Nittany Lions defense, and RB Saquon Barkley’s 172 yards puts him at the top of the Way-Too-Early Heisman list, with UCLA QB Josh Rosen.
4. LSU (1-0, beat BYU 27-0)
Overvaluing a win over BYU? Perhaps, but the Tigers defense didn’t let the Cougars past midfield.
5. Ohio State (1-0, beat Indiana 49-21)
Typical Buckeyes m.o., wake up at hafltime. Doesn’t always work but it does against Indiana.
6. Oklahoma (1-0, beat UTEP 56-7)
What’s wrong with Baker Mayfield? He threw an incomplete pass. But he completed all 19 of the others in the one half he played.
7. Wisconsin (1-0, beat Utah State 59-10)
The Badgers got rolling after a slow first half. Keep an eye on freshman RB Jonathan Taylor.
8. Michigan (1-0, beat Florida 33-17)
It’s tricky figuring out how much to value a victory against suspension-hampered Florida. It’s still a big two-score win, and would’ve been a blowout if the Wolverines offensive players were better tacklers on those pick sixes.
9. Stanford (1-0, beat Rice 62-7)
The Owls could match the Cardinal in SAT scores, but not football talent. Stanford dominated all phases in Australia on Aug. 26, then took a bye before this week’s big game at USC.
10. Oklahoma State (1-0, beat Tulsa, 59-24)
The Cowboys got off to a fast start and never let up against a Tulsa squad that should be pretty decent.
11. Washington (1-0, won at Rutgers 30-14)
The Huskies weren’t overly impressive. But, yes, it’s a long way to New Jersey from Seattle.
12. Auburn (1-0, beat Georgia Southern 41-7)
Defense was spectacular against the flexbone. We’ll learn how good these Tigers are this week as they play those other Tigers from Clemson.
13. USC (1-0, beat Western Michigan 49-31)
The Trojans had trouble stopping the run, and took way too long to shake off a good but not great team. If USC is not more consistent all the way around it will lose to visiting Stanford.
14. Virginia Tech (1-0, beat West Virginia 31-24)
The Hokies took down a ranked opponent in a season-opener for the first time ever after 10 losses.
15. Georgia (1-0, beat App State 31-10)
Would’ve moved the Bulldogs up more, but the knee injury to QB Jacob Eason is troubling.
16. Washington State (1-0, beat Montana State 31-0)
The Cougs turned in their first shutout since 2013.
17. Miami FL (1-0, beat Bethune-Cookman 41-13)
The biggest question for this team as of Tuesday was what it might return to after its game at Arkansas State, because of Hurricane Irma.
18. Kansas State (1-0, beat Central Arkansas 55-19)
The Wildcats dominated as expected on both sides of the ball, but special teams were spectacular.
19. Florida State (0-1, lost to Alabama 24-7)
A team wouldn’t normally drop this far because of a loss to Alabama, but the Seminoles’ season is in question with the loss of QB Deondre Francois.
20. Louisville (1-0, won at Purdue 35-28)
The Cardinals committed 15 penalties, 10 of them false starts.
21. Colorado (1-0, beat Colorado State 17-3)
Colorado State is no joke, but the Buffs made their rival look like one.
22. South Florida (2-0, beat Stony Brook 31-17)
Struggling with San Jose State and then Stony Brook is not going to move you up the poll.
23. Texas Tech (1-0, beat Eastern Washington 56-10)
Many expected a shootout with the Eagles, but the Red Raiders defense appears to be vastly improved.
24. TCU (1-0, beat Jackson State 63-0)
The Horned Frogs allowed just two more yards than the number of points they scored. That probably won’t happen against Arkansas this week.
25. Mississippi State (1-0, beat Charleston Southern 49-0)
Charleston Southern is a decent FCS program, but the Bulldogs jumped it for 23 first-quarter points. Just two first downs for CSU the entire game.