Alabama wide receiver Kenny Bell thought about walking away from the game on Tuesday September 3. However, Nick Saban and the coaching staff reeled the senior back in, and he should be at practice today. Bell may be frustrated with his lack of playing time, especially when he sees the offensive struggles that the Crimson Tide endured against Virginia Tech. With all that said, the AP and Examiner poll kept Alabama a strong number one. They might not be looked on with the same light in other polls in the future. With a bye week before the Texas A&M game, Alabama will certainly work on their offensive line problems for September 14th.
We provided a preseason Top 10 + 1 Power Poll just for fun, but after the first week, it’s time to get down to serious business. The first week provided many sparks including a couple of SEC programs flipping out. Though the Georgia Bulldogs lost on the road to Clemson, things are nearly as bad they may seem. Yet, if they lose again, all bets are off.
Here is the Week 2 Top 10 + 1 Power Poll
1. Clemson- How can you not have Clemson number one after one week. The Tigers are offensively gifted with Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. Their running game is on point with Roderick McDowell gaining 132 yards. Defensively, they played well for long stretches and it was enough to gut out a tough victory.
2. Alabama- Yes. Alabama won 35-10 over Virginia Tech, but their offense was non existent. Once they get the running game going, things should be much better. Still, the Crimson Tide found a way to put up a lot of points, including three non offensive touchdowns. Bye week.
3. Oregon- The Ducks didn’t miss a beat in their first game without Chip Kelly calling the plays. They put up 66 points and the offense was running as smooth as ever. Marcus Mariota will be in New York for the Heisman ceremony. Next game is at Virginia.
4. South Carolina- All the hate for Jadeveon Clowney won’t hinder their defensive performance. The Gamecocks held the high flying North Carolina Tarheels to 10 points.
Next game is at Georgia.
5. Ohio State- The Buckeyes started fast then cramped up like many teams did over the weekend. Braxton Miller and Urban Meyer have not lost a game together. They won’t lose the next game either. Home against San Diego State.
6. Stanford- The Cardinal have not played yet. It will be exciting to see the new look offense. Next game against San Jose State.
7. Louisville- The offense looked spectacular against Ohio. Teddy Bridgewater was dominant and threw darts to wide open receivers. The defense is fast and physical. Next game against Eastern Kentucky.
8. Texas A&M- The defense looked young and thin with all of those suspensions verse Rice. They raised the level of play in the second half. Johnny Manziel should start this coming week, so we’ll see an more explosive offense. Yet, they scored 52 points last week. Next game vs. Sam Houston State
9. LSU- So far it looks like all their departures will be filled in for nicely. The offense played much better and that was without Jeremy Hill. LSU could be a fast riser this season. Next game vs. UAB.
10. Florida State- Defense played well. They are adapting to a new system, but they forced a couple turnovers. Offensively, Jameis Winston was better than advertised on Monday night. Winston completed 25/27 passes and his accuracy was ridiculous.
Next game vs. Nevada.
11. Georgia- The Bulldogs are the only team with a loss in the Power Poll. The three point defeat will either be a defining moment of the season, or forgotten about with a win this Saturday. Next game vs. South Carolina