College Football Rankings 2014: Final Overview of Preseason NCAA Polls

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College Football Rankings 2014: Final Overview of Preseason NCAA Polls
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It hasn't taken long for college football to regain its spot on the country's sports radar. Things have gotten off to a fast and fun-filled start.

The No. 9-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks have already been upset, and it's just the first week of a brand new college football season. The No. 21-ranked Texas A&M Aggies don't look to be missing a beat after Johnny Manziel made the jump to the NFL.

Sophomore Kenny Hill went bananas on the Gamecocks on Thursday night with a school-record 511 passing yards in a 52-28 Aggies' win. No. 18 Mississippi, No. 19 Arizona State and No. 8 Michigan State all won in early Week 1 action.

Here's one final look at the preseason polls before the first in-season update on Monday, per ESPN.com.

 

AP Top 25
Rank Team Record Points
1 Florida State (57) 0-0 1496
2 Alabama (1) 0-0 1361
3 Oregon (1) 0-0 1334
4 Oklahoma (1) 0-0 1324
5 Ohio State 0-0 1207
6 Auburn 0-0 1198
7 UCLA 0-0 1106
8 Michigan State 1-0 1080
9 South Carolina 0-1 1015
10 Baylor 0-0 966
11 Stanford 0-0 885
12 Georgia 0-0 843
13 LSU 0-0 776
14 Wisconsin 0-0 637
15 USC 0-0 626
16 Clemson 0-0 536
17 Notre Dame 0-0 445
18 Ole Miss 1-0 424
19 Arizona State 1-0 357
20 Kansas State 0-0 242
21 Texas A&M 1-0 238
22 Nebraska 0-0 226
23 North Carolina 0-0 194
24 Missouri 0-0 134
25 Washington 0-0 130

 

Other Teams That Could Lose to Lower or Unseeded Squads in Week 1

No. 12 Georgia Bulldogs

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The Georgia Bulldogs and No. 16 Clemson Tigers renew season-opening acquaintances this year without a few familiar faces. 

Aaron Murray and Tajh Boyd are no longer the men under center, and Sammy Watkins won't be dazzling fans of college football this year.

Even with the departures of those outstanding players, both the Bulldogs and Tigers have a good sum of returning talent. Georgia is returning 15 of its 22 starters from last season, and that includes preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley.

Clemson only has 11 returning starters, but four of them are on the defensive line.

The team will be without Corey Crawford. The defensive end was suspended for a game for infractions earlier in the year.

Even without him, the Tigers D-line could give Gurley and the Bulldogs offensive line a problem. Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley are a handful, and if they can help win the battle upfront, the Tigers have a good chance to pull the upset.

Senior quarterback Cole Stoudt finally has the chance to step out of Boyd's shadow, and he and his teammates seem prepared to make a name for themselves.

Per Associated Press (h/t Fox News), Stoudt talked about the mentality of his teammates on the offensive side of the ball:

"They came into fall camp with different edge because nobody was talking about the guys that are here." 

With a spirited performance from Stoudt and Co., Clemson could grab a huge win on the road in Week 1.

 

No. 13 LSU Tigers

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Normally losing to a team ranked just one notch below wouldn't be that big of a deal, but because LSU hasn't lost a regular-season non-conference game in 12 years, a loss to No. 14 Wisconsin would be noteworthy.

The game will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Tigers' fans figure to travel well, but it still won't be the same as playing in Baton Rouge.

LSU is returning only 13 starters from last year's squad, and more importantly, there's a lack of experience at quarterback. Sophomore Anthony Jennings is the man for LSU, but is he prepared to be thrown into the fire this early in the season? 

The Badgers won't exactly have a wealth of experience at quarterback themselves. Converted safety/wide receiver Tanner McEvoy will get the nod for Wisconsin.

Because of the lack of experience at quarterback, the winner of this game could be determined by the squad that is best able to establish the run.

There are two very good running backs in this one. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon could be considered a dark horse for the Heisman. He was second in the Big Ten last season in rushing.

Gordon figures to be the focal point of Wisconsin's attack. Highly touted freshman Leonard Fournette is set to get his first college carries for LSU. This should be a good, old-fashioned competition between two storied programs.

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