The first Saturday of the college football season has come and gone. There were not a whole lot of surprises. The teams we expected to dominate did so. We should be in for an interesting season this year, as there are many top flight teams. Check back each Sunday and we will have our top ten rankings posted for the top teams in the nation.
Alabama did not look like a team that lost a ton of talent to the NFL. The defense was solid, and should get better as the year goes on. They will have some tough tests ahead of them as they travel to Arkansas in about two weeks. The Tide’s offense looked phenomenal, with freshman TJ Yeldon possibly being the next big thing in the SEC. With AJ McCarron picking up where he left off in the BCS title game, the future is looking good for the Crimson Tide.
USC and LSU came out and did what they were supposed to do this week against inferior opponents. USC trounced Hawaii 49-10, and LSU crushed North Texas 41-14. USC will have their first real test in two weeks when they travel to #21 Stanford. LSU does not get its first ranked opponent until it goes to Gainesville to face #23 Florida.
A team to watch outside of the known title contenders is #7 Florida State. The Noles put a ton of points on the board and gave up no touchdowns in a 69-3 beat down of Murray State. The victory has to be taken with a grain of salt, because Murray State is not a division 1 school, but FSU looked impressive nonetheless. Kirk Herbstreit even picked them to reach the BCS title game this year.
West Virginia is another team to keep an eye on. The Mountaineers crushed Marshall 69-34, and their offense looked fantastic. Now that they are in the Big 12, West Virginia really has a chance to shine nationally. They have a tough schedule ahead of them this year, but if they perform as they did yesterday, an at large bid to a BCS bowl is not out of the question.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. USC Trojans
3. LSU Tigers
4. Oklahoma Sooners
5. Georgia Bulldogs
6. Oregon Ducks
7. Florida State Seminoles
8. Arkansas Razorbacks
9. West Virginia Mountaineers
10. South Carolina Gamecocks