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Top 25 Round-up: week one
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Posted Sep 5, 2011
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?
The Sooners looked very impressive over Tulsa and their walk-on running back
won over everyone's heart with a 131 yard, four touchdown effort.
Alabama rolled but the defense appears to be ahead of the offense in terms of jelling—those five turnovers will drive
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.
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"?
(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.
San Jose State
The Cardinal would like to thank the Spartans for fumbling the ball seven times—losing three of them—and making
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.
(beat Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34)
Raise your hand if you're excited to see
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)
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.
started the game and
had to bail out the Gamecocks from a 17-point deficit. This is Gamecocks football.
(beat Appalachian State 66-13)
Before Hokies fans start celebrating,
hasn't been with the Mountaineers since graduating in 2009.
14-Texas Christian (lost to
It’s not that
had a good day—but rather, the defense is not the same as last year's No. 1 ranked squad.
Next shellacking by the Razorbacks: the
Lobos, whose third-year coach is 2-23 at the helm.
16-Notre Dame (lost to
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.
(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
Owls, must be pinching themselves.
18-Ohio State (beat
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
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
in a Friday night "blackout" game where the temperature will probably be in the 100's at kickoff. Paging Mr. Burfict.
(beat Florida Atlantic 41-3)
No one is talking about Florida and that's probably just fine by the Gators. Just in case.
When you need a miracle to beat the Aggies, suddenly, a Sun Belt opponent doesn't look like a cupcake, does it?
The Big East looks more impressive than the Pac-12 right now. Let that sink in.
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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