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Dirts College Football Power Rankings

You already have the AP and Coaches Polls to gander at each week, so why not add one more? This is the first, in what will be a weekly installement, of my College Football Power Rankings. Feel free to comment below if you disagree, which I'm sure you will. Don't forget to check back each Monday (as soon as the AP poll comes out) for my revised rankings. 

Rk. Team Rec. AP Analysis
1 Alabama 1-0 (0-0) 1 The Crimson Tide are the default #1 ranked team, that’s what happens when you win back-to-back National Titles. That doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns; three non offensive TD’s helped in a rout of Virginia Tech. Questions surround a new offensive line, blocking for a unit that could barely amass 200 yards this weekend. Bama has a week to work on things before they travel to Kyle Field to take on Johhny Football and Texas A+M, Sep. 14th.
2 Clemson 1-0 (0-0) 4 When you beat a top 5, SEC opponent, to open the season – this is what happens. Clemson debuts as the #2 team, after a gritty win over Georgia this past Saturday night. Tahj Boyd and Sammy Watkins lived up to the hype – which should continue this Saturday versus lowly South Carolina State.
3 Oregon 1-0 (0-0) 2 Setting a school record for total yards in your coaching debut? Not too shabby, Mark Helfrich. Still – questions linger as the Ducks struggled, at times, to execute early – and were forced to play offensive starters late into the 3rd quarter. This weekend should be a blowout, but at least we’ll get to see the Ducks against a BCS conference team, in Virginia.
4 Ohio State 1-0 (0-0) 3 Up 23-0 in the 1st quarter, Ohio State appeared to be who we thought they were. Then, they were outscored 20-17 the rest of the game by a terrible Buffalo team, at home. The Buckeyes have San Diego State at home this weekend, before an intriguing trip to Cal on September 14th.
5 South Carolina 1-0 (0-0) 6 The Gamecocks beat North Carolina 27-10 in their opener, but something tells me the lightning delay had a little to do with only a 17 point win. Clowney looked gassed and out of shape, but who wouldn’t playing in that heat? We’ll find out if they’re for real this weekend – with a trip to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
6 Florida State 1-0 (1-0) 10 I’m a believer. 25 of 27 for 356 yards and 4 TD’s? Touché Jameis Winston, touché. Could the Seminoles finally have the dynamic QB they’ve been looking for? It appears so. It’s only going to get easier from here – Nevada and Bethune-Cookman travel to Tallahassee the next two weeks.
7 Stanford 0-0 (0-0) 5 Seriously, who gets an opening week bye? C’mon Stanford. 7th is the highest I could rank a team we’ve all yet to see in action. They open up down on the Farm with San Jose State this Saturday – a team they struggled with last year.
8 LSU 1-0 (0-0) 9 Les Miles sure does like the Cowboy Classic, now 2-0, after the Bayou Bengals beat a good, 20th ranked, TCU team 37-27 this Saturday. Questions still linger around the offense and youth on defense – but UAB & Kent State in the next two weeks should allow them to work out the kinks.
9 Louisville 1-0 (0-0) 8 Holy Bridgewater, this kid appears to be the real deal. 355 yards and 5 TD’s to open the year? Whoa. Hesitant to completely jump on board, though, because I heard the same things regarding Geno Smith last season. But Eastern Kentucky offers another chance for Teddy to pad his stats this weekend. By the way, is Michael Dyer the most unnoticed pick up of the off-season? The 2010 Title Game MVP rushed for 48 yards & a TD on 4 carries in his first game as a Cardinal.
10 Texas A+M 1-0 (0-0) 7 Johnny Football picked up right where he left off from his Heisman campaign a season ago, completing 6 passes (three of which went for TD’s) in the Aggies season opening win over Rice. However, only a 28-21 lead at the half, without Manziel – has to have some worried in College Station.
11 Oklahoma St. 1-0 (0-0) 13 The Cowboys opening weekend win seemed to go somewhat unnoticed, but they took down a decent SEC team in Mississippi State. Only 21 points, for a team known for their offense, has to be somewhat of a concern though.
12 Florida 1-0 (0-0) 12 Were the Gators the real deal, or a fluke last season? Only beating Toledo 24-6 in their home/season opener has me leaning towards the latter. Traveling to play a talented Miami (FL) team in Sun Life Stadium should answer some questions about Will Muschamp and co.
13 Michigan 1-0 (0-0) 17 I’m higher than some on Michigan this season, and a 59-9 throttling of Central Michigan at the Big House Saturday reaffirmed my beliefs. Brady Hoake finally has a QB who can throw the football, in Devin Gardner. Not a believer yet? Notre Dame comes to the Big House this weekend.
14 Washington 1-0 (0-0) 20 I can’t completely jump on the Husky train just yet, because I can’t get their 7-5 success out of my head. But anytime you dominate a ranked team to open the season, it’s hard to ignore. Handing Chris Peterson his worst loss at Boise State? That’s impressive. My question: was that game more about Boise State being overhyped, or Washington being for real? I’m afraid we’ll have to wait until October 5th, when the Huskies travel down to the Farm, to find out.
15 Texas 1-0 (0-0) 15 Talk about sleeping giants… Can Mack Brown finally take all the talent he recruits, and get Texas back to where they belong? A 56-7 win over New Mexico State is a good start. Two intriguing games coming for the Longhorns: @ BYU, followed by a home date with Ole Miss.
16 Georgia 0-1 (0-0) 11 Poor Georgia. Opening the season at Clemson, in that environment? That’s just downright brutal. Oh, and South Carolina comes between the hedges this weekend. Good luck, Bulldogs! With Aaron Murray’s track record against top 5 teams, hard to pick Georgia to pull it out.
17 UCLA 1-0 (0-0) 18 The most dynamic QB no one talks about? Easily UCLA’s Brett Hundley. The Bruins started slow against Nevada, but ended up with an impressive 58-20 win at the Rose Bowl. Are they the front runner in the Pac-12 South? We’ll find out this weekend, when the Bruins travel to Lincoln to take on Nebraska.
18 Notre Dame 1-0 14 Say what you want about the Irish, but they find a way to win ballgames and make it interesting under Brian Kelly. Nothing flashy about their 28-6 win over Temple, but they squeaked out a win the same way they did last season on their way to the Natty. Next up? A trip to the Big House to take on Michigan.
19 Oklahoma 1-0 (0-0) 16 Oklahoma went with the unproven, Freshman at QB, in Trevor Knight, instead of the experienced bruiser Blake Bell. Knight’s legs looked impressive in the Sooners 34-0 win over UL Monroe, rushing for over 100 yards… But he only managed 86 yards through the air. West Virginia is next on the slate for Boomer Sooner.
20 Miami (FL) 1-0 (0-0) NA Miami is one of my sleeper teams this season, playing in a weak ACC conference. And if you don’t know who Duke Johnson is yet, you will be seasons’ end. The Canes’ rolled Florida Atlantic in their opener, and will keep it in state again this week – when the Florida Gators come to Sun Life stadium.
21 Nebraska 1-0 (0-0) 22 A 3 point win, at home, over Wyoming to open the season? Bo Pelini was on the brink of putting his Lincoln house up for sale. The Huskers have a chance to bounce back, while getting revenge for last season, this Saturday when the UCLA Bruins come to town.
22 Northwestern 1-0 (0-0) 19 The Big 10 is terrible. There, I said it. Northwestern struggled on the road against a sub-par Cal team to open the year. In fact, without the help of a couple lucky interceptions, they easily could have lost to the Bears. Still, there’s not a real test on their schedule until October 5th, when Ohio State comes a knocking.
23 Baylor 1-0 (0-0) 23 Lache Seastrunk said he would win the Heisman trophy this season. 111 yards and 4 TD’s on only 11 carries is a good start. What else is bolstering his chances of posing in New York at season’s end? Baylor doesn’t have a test on their schedule until November.
24 Wisconsin 1-0 (0-0) 21 The Gary Anderson era began with the throttling of Umass in Madison this weekend. Still, lots of questions surround Wisconsin, especially on offense. Tennessee Tech this weekend for the Badgers, before they travel to Tempe to take on Arizona State September 14th.
25 USC 1-0 (0-0) 25 Who needs a stinking quarterback? Well, apparently USC does, because their offense was atrocious in an opening week win at Hawaii. Marquise Lee was unimpressive, and Silas Redd continues to battle injury concerns. Luckily for Kiffin and the Trojans, the schedule is full of cupcakes for the next month.

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09/03/2013 1:42PM
Dirts College Football Power Rankings
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09/04/2013 10:05AM
Jamie BWW P1
I really liked the "Dirty Poll" name you guys suggested last night for the new name of this. I like where Clemson is, and I think you did a great job explaining why each team deserves to be in its place. And, as always, Porch Talk rules!
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