It was certainly a busy weekend for college football, both on the field and in the rankings. Big wins and upsets, major injuries and breakout performances all had a say in making the weekend great.
It has become a running theme that at least one FCS team will upset their FBS opponent in week 1. Pitt became the latest to fall to an “inferior” foe, as they were knocked off, quite handily, by Youngstown State.
Other FBS teams to lose to an FCS opponent:
Memphis (20-17 to Tennessee Martin)
Idaho (20-3 to Eastern Washington)
Middle Tennessee St. (27-21 to McNeese State)
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at how things shifted from our preseason poll.
#25 — Rutgers (W, 24-12 vs. Tulane)
Last Week: #24
#24 — Georgia Tech (L, 20-17 in OT vs. Virginia Tech)
Last Week: #20
Quick bit: Tevin Washington made everyone forget his solid performance by throwing the worst interception of the weekend.
#23 — Baylor (W, 59-24 vs. SMU)
Last Week: NR
Quick bit: Nick Florence picked up where RG3 left off in throwing for 341 yards and 4 touchdowns. There’s a storyline to watch.
#22 — Washington (W, 21-12 vs. San Diego State)
Last Week: #22
#21 — BYU (W, 30-6 vs. Washington State)
Last Week: #23
Quick bit: The Cougars absolutely stifled Washington State’s offense in Mike Leach’s return to coaching.
#20 — Louisville (W, 32-14 vs. Kentucky)
Last Week: 21
#19 — Michigan State (W, 17-13 vs. Boise State)
Last Week: #19
Quick Bit: This win would have been more impressive if Kellen Moore was still a Bronco.
#18 — Oklahoma State (W, 84-0 vs. Savannah State)
Last Week: #18
Quick bit: 84 points is impressive, but Savannah State has won two games in the last two seasons playing in the MEAC.
#17 — Nebraska (W, 49-20 vs. Southern Mississippi)
Last Week: #17
#16 — Florida State (W, 69-3 vs. Murray State)
Last Week: #16
Quick bit: The ‘Noles suffered a huge loss on Saturday when DE Brandon Jenkins hurt his foot. Jenkins will miss the entire season, as we learned Monday.
#15 — Georgia (W, 45-23 vs. Buffalo)
Last Week: #15
#14 — Wisconsin (W, 26-21 vs. Northern Iowa)
Last Week: #14
Quick Bit: It took a 4th-quarter, 4th-down stand for the Badgers to beat the fellas from the MVC.
#13 — TCU (BYE)
Last Week: #13
#12 — Michigan (L, 41-14 vs. (2) Alabama)
Last Week: #8
Quick bit: I knew Alabama was good but I didn’t expect the Wolverines to get beaten like this. The Tide plain whooped them.
#11 — Clemson (W, 26-19 vs. Auburn)
Last Week: #12
#10 — Virginia Tech (W, 20-17 in OT vs. (24) Georgia Tech)
Last Week: #11
Quick bit: The Hokies benefited greatly from a huge Georgia Tech error. Kicker Cody Journell redeems an earlier FG miss to seal it for Virginia Tech.
#9 — Kansas State (W, 51-9 vs. Missouri State)
Last Week: #10
#8 — South Carolina (W, 17-13 vs. Vanderbilt)
Last Week: #9
Quick Bit: Vanderbilt is a good team, and the Gamecocks should be happy they left Nashville with a win.
#7 — West Virginia (W, 69-34 vs. Marshall)
Last Week: #8
Quick Bit: Geno Smith got his Heisman bid off to a great start, throwing for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns, while running for 65 more yards and another score.
#6 — Oregon (W, 57-34 vs. Arkansas State)
Last Week: #6
#5 — Arkansas (W, 49-24 vs. Jacksonville State)
Last Week: #5
#4 — LSU (W, 41-14 vs. North Texas)
Last Week: #4
#3 — Oklahoma (W, 24-7 vs. UTEP)
Last Week: #3
Trending: Level (barely)
Quick bit: It took a strong 4th quarter for the Sooners to put UTEP away. Before that, they struggle mightily on offense.
#2 — Alabama (W, 41-14 vs. (12) Michigan)
Last Week: #2
Quick bit: The Tide are for real. That’s all.
#1 — USC (W, 49-10 vs. Hawaii)
Last Week: #1
Quick bit: Barkley threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns.