AP poll: How I voted this week

Tigers creep up to No. 3, South Florida, Clemson move in

Here's my AP poll vote after the opening weekend of the 2011 season.

Thought about a write-in campaign for Mother Nature, but decided not to. Figured she was punished enough like the rest of us for having to endure Maryland's uniforms Monday night.

I didn't bump LSU up too much, simply because neither Oklahoma nor Florida State did anything to warrant being dropped down. They took care of business like they needed to.

I do think the Tigers' victory 40-27 against previous No. 3 Oregon was the most impressive on opening weekend, though, just nudging Boise State's two-touchdown triumph over Georgia at a "neutral" site.

Here's how I voted:

Sept. 6 AP poll

1. Oklahoma (1-0): Sooners showed plenty of offense to rumble past Tulsa. Might need to tighten up on defense as the season rolls along.

2. Florida State (1-0): Seminoles blasted past outmanned UL-Monroe without breaking much of a sweat and got two young QBs some playing time.

3. LSU (1-0): No reason to think the Tigers defense and special teams can't contend with anybody they play. If offense can catch up, watch out.

4. Alabama (1-0): Warmup act was thorough domination for the Crimson Tide. Second act at Penn State will present a much different challenge.

5. Boise State (1-0): Broncos are again for real, especially when you consider a defense that stymied Georgia for most of the night.

6. Virginia Tech (1-0): No early-season stumble for the Hokies this year in a dominant performance against a good Appalachian State team.

7. Nebraska (1-0): Huskers breathed easy in opener but now they welcome always feisty Fresno State to Lincoln before the Big Ten era begins. Trap game?

8. Stanford (1-0): Cardinal blasted Bay Area brother San Jose State without much trouble and now journey across the country to face Duke. No trap there.

9. Oregon (0-1): Not sure I'd be all that pumped up if I were a Nevada player this week. A bunch of angry Ducks are not to be messed with.

10. Oklahoma State (1-0): Cowboys get a chance to knock off a Stoops-coached team when Arizona comes calling on Thursday.

11. Texas A&M (1-0): Aggies christened their final Big 12 season by punching a hole in SMU's hopes of replacing them.

12. South Carolina (1-0): Plenty of offense, not nearly enough defense for the Gamecocks in the opener. Improvement needed vs. Georgia.

13. Ohio State (1-0): Buckeyes get to beat up another in-state patsy this week before things start to get tricky.

14. Florida (1-0): Hard to get a read on the Gators yet after they did what they should've to rout Florida Atlantic.

15. West Virginia (1-0): Mountaineers kept their unbeaten streak alive against Marshall in rain-soaked Morgantown.

16. Mississippi State (1-0): Bulldogs thumped Memphis easily and now take a turn at showing if Auburn is for real or not this season.

17. Wisconsin (1-0): Badgers just keep hanging up big offensive numbers no matter who the quarterback is.

18. Michigan State (1-0): Spartans have one more creampuff before they start getting tested by Notre Dame and a brutal October Big Ten slate.

19. Georgia (0-1): One loss doesn't a season make, and the Bulldogs better make sure they live by that mantra this week.

20. Missouri (1-0): Tigers notched perhaps the second-least impressive win by a Top-25 team of opening week and now head to Tempe for a tougher test.

21. Arkansas (1-0): No Ryan Mallett, no Knile Davis, no problem for the Razorbacks offense – against Missouri State anyway.

22. South Florida (1-0): Bulls jump into my poll after an impressive road win at Notre Dame and they should stay here with a soft next three weeks.

23. TCU (0-1): The only reason the Horned Frogs stay ranked for me is because their offense showed a lot of spunk. Defense, eh, not so much.

24. Texas (1-0): Longhorns got off on the right hoof against Rice, but BYU presents a much different problem.

25. Clemson (1-0): Quietly, these Tigers notched one of the more impressive victories of the weekend by clubbing normally pesky Troy by 24 points.

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