It’s time to scrap everything we thought was true entering this college football season. Now that one week of college football has been played, there is some real data to go by when we release the first power poll. Of course, the poll is likely to change week by week, due to the fact that we watch the games, and critique teams on their performance.
For example, Baylor had a nice shutout win over SMU to open the season. The exact spread was 45-0, but the opportunities that Baylor missed to put more points on the board is troubling. We also know that Bryce Petty injured his back early in the game, so the Bears will be concerned about for as long as Petty is feeling pain.
When you play for a team as talented as Baylor, there are times that you are playing against the opponent. In actuality, you are playing against yourself. Therefore, missing wide open receivers running free into the end zone is not something that should be overlooked. It’s something that needs to be rectified in a hurry.
Baylor’s defense was dominant, and if it can continue along this trend, they’ll continue to be a favorite to win the Big 12. In the first game of the season, their tackling was incredible, and the defensive backfield matched the intensity by the front seven.
Here is the first edition of William’s Power Poll.
1. Florida State Seminoles: The Seminoles jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but they were playing a team that might be in the running for a Big 12 title at the end of the year. Therefore, the 37-31 win will look more impressive as the season winds down, especially if Florida State remains undefeated.
2. Georgia Bulldogs: Whoa. We may have taken a look a the future national champions. Todd Gurley looked ready to rumble and if he can stay healthy, the Bulldogs will be a threat to go undefeated. They have loads of talent.
3. Oklahoma Sooners: The Oklahoma Sooners blew out Louisiana Tech early, and won 48-16. They didn’t have to show much, but they have to keep dialing up on opponents. Next game vs. Tulsa.
4. Oregon Ducks: Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks only have a couple games that count. Those games are the one’s that they lose. When the offense is rolling, Oregon has been unstoppable. When a couple opponents have slowed them down (Stanford), Oregon has looked extremely average. Next game vs. Michigan State.
5. Michigan State Spartans: Yes, the Spartans played a perfect first half in taking a 38-0 lead in their 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. Let’s see how they fare in their first road test of the season. Next game at Oregon.
6. Auburn Tigers: Auburn used two quarterbacks to put up 45 points in their win over Arkansas. The Tigers have a capable backup with a loaded running game. Their next game is home against San Jose State.
7. Ohio State Buckeyes: J.T. Barrett came through with flying colors in his first game replacing Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes had a strong second half in the win over Navy. Next game vs. Virginia Tech
8. Alabama Crimson Tide: New quarterback and no problem for Alabama. The offense rolled up 33 points in the 10 point victory over West Virginia. Even though the quarterback situation isn’t set in stone, Alabama is more concerned with their defensive performance on Saturday. Next game vs. Florida Atlantic
9. Stanford Cardinal: Stanford started the season with a 45-0 win over UC Davis. Stout defense and a strong passing game paced the Cardinal. Next game vs. USC
10. Texas A&M Aggies: If it wasn’t for Georgia, Texas A&M had the most impressive week 1 in college football. The Aggies rolled up 511 passing yards by Kenny Hill in a 52-28 win over South Carolina. Next game vs. Lamar.
11. LSU Tigers: LSU was down 24-7 before mounting a huge comeback against Wisconsin. Was it because of Melvin Gordon’s absence, or was it because of incredible defense down the stretch? We’ll know as the season goes on. Next game vs. Sam Houston State.
12. Baylor Bears: How sluggish could a team be that won by 45-0 on opening night? That’s a product of ensuing greatness. Bryce Petty needs to stay healthy for Baylor to be at their best. Next game vs. Northwestern State.
13. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Everett Golson came back from a year long suspension and put on a show for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish won 48-17, and they didn’t miss a beat with their suspended players. Next game vs. Michigan.
14. USC Trojans: Southern California came through their tumultuous week with a rousing victory over Fresno State. We’ll know exactly where the Trojans are when they face their first big test. Next game at Stanford.
15. Ole Miss Rebels: The Rebels crushed the Boise State Broncos in the fourth quarter to win 35-13. Too many turnovers and penalties marred the game early on. Next game vs. Vanderbilt.
16. UCLA Bruins: The Bruins decided to play an East coast game at noon. Their offense never woke up. Good thing the Bruins defense scored three touchdowns in the 28-20 win over Virginia. Next game vs. Memphis.