NCAA Football BlogPoll: Week One

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst ISeptember 9, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 05:  Riley Cooper #11 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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1.floridaThe Gators season will get interesting in two weeks against Tennessee. Until then, they sit here untouched.-
2.TexasI am careful not to put much too much stock in one game, but if they find a dependable running game: Beware.-
3.USCLet's be clear, San Jose State sucks. But something looked a little different in the USC running game. Nobody wants to hear that.-
4.AlabamaThe defense was—dare I say it—more dominant than last year. If the ground game performs that well every week Florida may have a game on its hands in the SECCG. 2
5.Oklahoma StateWith all the pressure on the Cowboys, they took down a major SEC opponent. Beating Georgia is always impressive. 2
6.LSUIf you stayed up to watch this one you saw a LSU team that you would not want to face down the road. It was not always pretty but the Huskies were way improved. 1
7.Penn StateThe schedule is horrendous but Penn State was in control the whole time. Compared to many around them, there were no noticeable problems. 5
8.CaliforniaIf they get solid QB play all the way along (a BIG if), Jahvid Best can do the rest. You should watch him play as much as possible. 3
9.Georgia TechThey did not play especially well but the ground game was dominant. Now, it gets even better with Roddy Jones coming back this week. 1
10.Ohio StateThe OSU defense played better than it is getting credit for and the offense scored on six of 10 possessions. Still, the killer instinct did not appear to be there. 2
11.OklahomaBYU played a great game but the Sooners were shell-shocked when Bradford went down. With a week to adjust, expect to see a nasty running game and a very tough defense. 7
12.Notre DameThis is likely waaaaaay too high (and I did pick Michigan to beat them this weekend), but they did more than was expected by crushing Nevada. 9
13.Ole MissDon't be deceived by the score, it took Ole Miss far too long to finish Memphis and it was not until late that Jevan Snead and the offense woke up.-
14.MiamiThe pure talent on the Hurricanes is impressive. They will blow a couple games this season but the skill is there to be terrific. 5
15.Virginia TechThis may be too harsh but if you watched the game you saw VT get manhandled all night. On the positive side, they hung around when they had no business being in that game. 1
16.brigham_youngThey did everything they had to do to win but Oklahoma was mentally destroyed by Bradford's injury. They are two spots ahead of FSU...for now. 10
17.North CarolinaUNC has been getting great recruits and that is going to start paying dividends. I really believe this is a team to keep your eye on. 1
18.Florida StateThe defense was disappointing but we already talked about Miami's skill. Somebody had to lose on Monday night, but I would not be shocked to see those two meet in the ACCCG. 1
19.GeorgiaThe skill positions looked weak and Sturdivant's injury may cause an unraveling on offense. You will find out this week against a good Gamecock defense. 4
20.KansasFirst things first, they have no defense. Who cares? That offense should score at will. 2
21.NebraskaThe total offense—passing and running—needs to prove it against a real team, but there were certainly some encouraging signs this past weekend. 2
22.missouriMizzou delivered the beatdown of the weekend. But let's be honest, you are not totally surprised the Zookers laid an egg. 4
23.boise_stateBoise played well but Oregon was horrible and it was not all BSU's doing. We may never know if they are for real...unless they lose to Tulsa. 3
24.TCUThey did not play. Nothing to see here.-
25.cincinnatiI watched this game for about 10 minutes and instantly wondered why Schiano stayed. 1