Top 25 Round-up: week one

Top 25 Round-up: week one

The first week of football is in the books and yes, it can be summed up in two sentences or less. I may appear brutally honest in this first week's preseason AP Top 25 evaluation, but there's something refreshing in a no-holds bar attitude and lack of Kool-aid in a reporter's cup, isn't there?

1-Oklahoma (beat Tulsa 47-14)

The Sooners looked very impressive over Tulsa and their walk-on running back Dominique Whaley won over everyone's heart with a 131 yard, four touchdown effort.

2-Alabama (beat Kent State 48-7)

Alabama rolled but the defense appears to be ahead of the offense in terms of jelling—those five turnovers will drive Nick Saban batty.

3-Oregon (lost to LSU 40-27)

At some point, the Ducks really have to spend more time on scheming big games and less time deciding which outfit to wear on national television, but in their defense, their all-black unis were just sick.

4-LSU (beat Oregon 40-27)

The Tigers looked mean, nasty and focused despite a lot of distraction surrounding the team. Right now, "The Hat" has them looking like a turnkey BCS title contender.

5-Boise State (beat Georgia 35-21)

Now that the Broncos have beaten a top 20 team that many experts had winning the SEC East, when can we expect everyone to explain this victory by calling the Bulldogs "overrated"?

6-Florida State (beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-0)

The Seminoles shut out the Warhawks and produced 372 total yards but they had better find their running game against Charleston Southern this Saturday if they want to exact revenge on the Sooners on September 17.

7-Stanford (beat San Jose State 57-3)

The Cardinal would like to thank the Spartans for fumbling the ball seven times—losing three of them—and making Andrew Luck look oh-so-very Heisman-like.

8-Texas A&M (beat Southern Methodist 46-14)

Both of these teams looked like they refused to play pass defense. For the Aggies for one week, at least, wasn't needed.

9-Oklahoma State (beat Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34)

Raise your hand if you're excited to see Arizona head coach Mike Stoops and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy on the same field with their teams playing on only four days rest—one of these coaches will have a YouTube-worthy meltdown.

10-Nebraska (beat Chattanooga 40-7)

*crickets chirping*

11-Wisconsin (beat UNLV 51-17)

If you're not a fan of Big Ten football, you will be after watching the replay of this game—this is power football. Recognize.

12-South Carolina (beat East Carolina 56-37)

So quarterback Connor Shaw started the game and Stephen Garcia had to bail out the Gamecocks from a 17-point deficit. This is Gamecocks football.

13-Virginia Tech (beat Appalachian State 66-13)

Before Hokies fans start celebrating, Michigan-upset quarterback Armanti Edwards hasn't been with the Mountaineers since graduating in 2009.

14-Texas Christian (lost to Baylor 50-48)

It's not that Andy Dalton is missed—Casey Pachall had a good day—but rather, the defense is not the same as last year's No. 1 ranked squad.

15-Arkansas (beat Missouri State 51-7)

Next shellacking by the Razorbacks: the New Mexico Lobos, whose third-year coach is 2-23 at the helm.

16-Notre Dame (lost to South Florida 23-20)

Mother Nature tried to change the Bulls' momentum twice (to no avail) but the Irish managed to change Brian Kelly's complexion from a nice summer tan to a scary magenta mess after five turnovers.

17-Michigan State (beat Youngstown State 28-6)

Sparty spanked out 14 points and seven penalties in the first half of football against the Penguins. Michigan State's next opponent, the Florida Atlantic Owls, must be pinching themselves.

18-Ohio State (beat Akron 42-0)

Head coach Luke Fickell is now an official rock star. He's likeable, personable, and seems to have his team focused. Carry on, Buckeye Nation.

19-Georgia (lost to Boise State 35-21)

The only thing uglier than the Bulldogs' vanilla offense on Saturday was their Power Rangers-like uniforms. I still think they've got a shot against the Gamecocks this Saturday.

20-Mississippi State (beat Memphis 59-14)

Say hello to the sleeper of the SEC West, where real men play.

21-Missouri (beat Miami-Ohio 17-6)

The Zoo is going to need to score more than 17 points when they travel to Tempe to take on Arizona State in a Friday night "blackout" game where the temperature will probably be in the 100's at kickoff. Paging Mr. Burfict.

22-Florida (beat Florida Atlantic 41-3)

No one is talking about Florida and that's probably just fine by the Gators. Just in case.

23-Auburn (beat Utah State 42-38)

When you need a miracle to beat the Aggies, suddenly, a Sun Belt opponent doesn't look like a cupcake, does it?

24-West Virginia (beat Marshall 34-13)

The Big East looks more impressive than the Pac-12 right now. Let that sink in.

25-USC (beat Minnesota 19-17)

After this game, Pete Carroll undoubtedly called Lane Kiffin and asked him, "What's your deal" after those two-point conversion attempts.

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