College Football Poll: Week One Winners and Losers In The Rankings

Marshall EriksenCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass that is deflected by tight end Cooper Bassett #80 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the college football game at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Week One rankings are probably the most important polls of the entire college football season. Preseason is just a guess, a rough estimation based on what a team did last year and perceived talent gained and lost.

We had some surprises, some expected results, and some teams that won, but didn't look nearly as strong as we expected them to in Week One. Let's take a look at the winners and losers of the new rankings.



4. Alabama

The Crimson Tide moved up just one spot in the rankings, but garnered two first-place votes after a strong showing in the first week of play. Their offense is young and will continue to improve and their defense looks ready to take on any team in the country.

5. Oklahoma State

Despite coming into the season as "that other Oklahoma team," the Cowboys showed themselves to be the best football team in the state by beating a tough Georgia team. They moved up four spots from No. 9 to immediately start staking claim to their national title hopes.

8. Ohio State

Playing a game against Navy that had Buckeye fans and haters alike already declaring them dead in the water for their game next week against USC seems like reason enough to move OSU out of the Top 10, but somehow they hung on. Can they prove next week that they deserved the nod?

9. BYU

The Cougars made the biggest leap in the rankings by beating Oklahoma and shocking the many analysts who have OU winning the national title this year. Everyone knows the hardest thing for a non-BCS school to do is move up the rankings and BYU did themselves a giant favor by placing themselves securely in a position to get to the BCS title game if they run the table.

11. LSU

Even though they beat lowly Washington just 31-23 last week, the Tigers retained their spot at No. 11. If you don't think that's a win to start out the season, just talk to Ohio State.

18. Notre Dame

Getting off to a great start in Charlie Weis' fifth year as the head coaching intern at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish whupped up on Nevada 35-0 and jumped into the Top 20. They don't play a ranked team until October 17, when they meet up with USC, so if they can steadily climb the rankings and avoid a bad loss, they can make a big jump with a win against the Trojans.

20. Miami

The Hurricanes are back! It just didn't feel right to have a Top 25 without Miami and they came roaring back with a hard fought win against Florida State. Now it remains to be seen if they can keep this momentum.



12. Boise State

Despite dominating No. 16 Oregon at home, the Broncos moved up just two spots from No. 14, behind LSU and Ohio State teams that looked shaky. An appearance in the Top 10 would have given them the credibility that they deserved.

13. Oklahoma

The Sooners lost their Heisman quarterback for the second half, but with the way they played, it doesn't really seem like he would have made a difference. Oklahoma has a long way to go before it can convince people that it still belongs in the conversation of college football's elite.

14. Virginia Tech

Dropping seven spots in the rankings by losing to a team that looked like one of the best in the country this week? That's tough. Va. Tech didn't look bad, Alabama just looked that good.

21. Georgia

Should Georgia really fall eight spots from No. 13 to out of the Top 20 for losing to a team that is now in the Top 5? Bulldog fans certainly don't think so. After this Week One hit, Georgia will need a very strong showing in a tough SEC to even stay in the rankings.

NR. Oregon

Has anybody had a tougher Week One than Oregon? They start out the season ranked No. 13, get manhandled by Boise State, then have their program soiled by a player punching an opposing player and subsequently being suspended for his senior year. Ducks fans have to be beside themselves.

NR. Florida State

The Seminoles have to be kicking themselves. Just one or two plays, catchable balls getting caught, and they probably find themselves moving up in the rankings and back to looking like the Florida State of old. Instead, the breaks moved Miami's way, and the Hurricanes are the ones enjoying some time back in the college football spotlight.