Blog Top 25 Poll: Week 1 — Alabama, Georgia went nowhere, but how good were the wins?

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Ignore for a moment the Clownfraud Preseason Top 10 that was awarded to the Oregon Ducks. Of course, that requires looking beyond facts like a whole new coaching staff, a rebuilding defense, no one to throw the ball to and Bo Nix throwing: Georgia looked really good yesterday. And until you kill the king, heavy rests the crown. It was the same Alabama play with their food, and could have snagged about 80 on the defending MWC champions (though the win over Oregon was against a better opponent; so UGA gets the nod). But just how good were these teams really? They’re probably both bowl teams in a real conference, and the Ducks certainly have talent. But with so many defeats and new coaches, have we learned a lot? For the Tide, we’ll find out next week. And we may not know for several weeks exactly what this Oregon win means for the ‘Dawgs.

Going nowhere either: the Michigan Wolverines who were quite the fast and dominant modern (gasp) team that Harbaugh finally fielded last season. And while our Lady Alhas therefore been re-staffed and rebuilt in several critical areas, it is still Notre Dame’s talent. ohio state got the big win he needed (although the lack of commitment to RTDB should scare any Buckeyes fans, as should Stroud’s inability to stretch the field against a quality secondary). The Domers may not score much this year, but good luck scoring points. Wicked and mean defense – this team may be Catholic Clemson (and no matter what Clemson does on Monday, it won’t be a better win than the teams above).

New staff at USC and Oklahoma got off to a flying start. The Sooners look like a completely different team. Oklahoma State and Baylor again, I can’t throw the ball, but the defenses and ground attacks for both were exceptional (ignore the waste scores allowed by the bench). The Bears and Pokes seem to be the biggest beneficiaries of the Horns and Sooners going after the SEC. In this same class, we also have Kansas State. A strong and physical manball team in the cul-de-sac of Manhattan, Kansas. Klieman is going to ruin some seasons this year. (Speaking of their double ACC, Syracuse, looked positively dangerous yesterday. If the orange defense can play like that…)

state of michigan and pitt replaced some key pieces, but particularly notable was Sparty’s defensive effort. Pitt is a well-drilled team. They took advantage of every break offered by a good ‘Eers team, and even made their own. A group of second-tier SEC contenders made fantastic defensive efforts, even though Ole Miss and Arkansas struggled to score against quality teams. KentuckyThe offensive line seems to be an Achilles heel this year. Raw, raw up front. I don’t think Stoops wants Levis to throw three dozen times a game. Don’t pull out your passed out sofa right away, but not only Mississippi State playing good defense and lighting up the Memphis Tigers, CLANGA also rushed nearly 100 yards. (And, FWIW, in a game where some threw them to wrestle, the Auburn The Tigers had a professional dismantling of Mercer, the Southern Conference runner-up). And while Florida’s mission in Billy Napier’s Year 1 was to forge a physical identity, be competitive, and return to SEC football, his first big win of his Gator tenure has already arrived. Bring down Access Point #7 Utah home takes you there…even if it was sometimes as lousy as Arkansas-Cincinnati.

Speaking of difficulty, many FBS teams would struggle with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits – and a whole group would lose – but 7-3 at home with two safeties and a basket was absolutely Kirk Ferentz porn at its best. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Iowa has always gotten the slow gate. We learned almost nothing about their division rivals, Minnesota and Wisconsin, although both seem to have picked up where they left off last year as Top 25ish quality teams at times. The Gophers are actually in even better shape with Ibrahim back. Penn State‘s gutsy road Dub in West Lafayette is going to look really good by the end of the year. Purdue is a good team, and the B1G seems more crowded than ever.

Last year’s midmajors too didn’t go anywhere either: Cincinnati and Houston are AAC class again – and probably all G5s, although as I predicted, UTSA played their ass off and almost won this game. Roadrunners are legitimately good. Aviation looked awesome. Coastal bounced back and set up a second half W against an equally gritty Army crew. East Carolina and Appalachian State were quite the toughest predicted and both will be a player this year. (But the App. State defense needs to give you pause).

Finally, what do we really know about the ACC here? NC status and A C still can’t play for nothing on the road, though both have picked up victories on hostile G5 terrain. I would say the same thing about the PAC 12, but we already know what it is. Nothing. Utah took it on the chin in the swamp, Colorado was kicked out of its own building, Stanford struggled with Colgate and so on.

So, no, 2021 hasn’t really gone anywhere. It resumed as if no time had passed. If that’s true, then Alabama. Georgia. State of Ohio, and now Michigan.

Meet the new bosses; like the old bosses. College football loves its oligarchs.

Here’s the Week 1 blog poll: the usual caveats apply. The criteria are nebulous, wide-ranging and capricious – schedule strength, bad and good training, injuries, urgent circumstances, home/away results, defense or no defense, attack or no line play, power poll, can you cover a gap (Vegas are pretty smart about the quality of a team), one-on-one if possible or cautious, and my own lying eyeballs.

Just because the teams are here for a week doesn’t mean they’ll stay there. It’s a new year, with new data points.

2022 Week 1 Top 25

THIS WEEK CREW 2021 WNABP FINAL RANKING
THIS WEEK CREW 2021 WNABP FINAL RANKING
1 Georgia 1
2 Alabama 2
3 Michigan seven
4 ohio state 3
5 Florida
6 Arkansas 13
seven state of michigan 9
8 Penn State
9 pitt ten
ten Oklahoma
11 Oklahoma State 3
12 Tennessee
13 Houston 16
14 Texas A&M 19
15 NC status
16 Mississippi State
17 Ole Miss 8
18 Iowa 24
19 Baylor 5
20 Clemson 15
21 K-State
22 Cincy 6
23 Kentucky 14
24 our Lady 12
25 UTSA
TOP 40 Coastal Carolina, Minnesota, Fresno, USC
Utah, App. State, UNC, Air Force, Miami
MAYBE ‘Cuse and ECU and JMU and Auburn

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