Walker Sports College Football Poll: Gators Still Chomping

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 5:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators sets up to throw during warm-up prior to 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)

One of my favorite things about college football is that every game matters. It's a short season, there's no playoff (yes I hear you BCS haters) and you have to win if you want a shot at a national title. What also makes college football great is the fact that good teams are willing to go on the road in week one and put their national title hopes on the line. You have to love that. Now lets take a look at who benefited from an early-season trip.

1)Florida Gators: The Gators went out and took care of business this past weekend. Really it's no surprise the Gators destroyed Charleston Southern. Nonetheless, Florida did what they needed to do and that was enough to hang onto their top ranking.

2)Texas Longhorns: Much like Florida, Texas had a cupcake for their season opener and the Longhorns looked sharp. Knocking off Louisiana-Monroe really is not difficult for a team expecting to contend for a national championship.

3)USC Trojans: Freshman quarterback? No problem. Lose your best wide out? No problem. The Trojans rolled on Saturday and thanks to an Oklahoma loss, USC jumped up into the third spot.

4)Penn State Nittany Lions: Penn State basically has a gift-wrapped schedule till they meet up with Ohio State later this year. Until that game, you can expect to see the Nittany Lions in the top-five of this poll every week.

5)Ole Miss Rebels: They looked real sluggish in the first half of their season opener, but thanks to some perseverance, the Rebels rallied to hold off Memphis and keep their spot in the top-10 of the Walker-Sports Top-25 Poll.

6)Oklahoma State Cowboys: Mike Gundy's boys opened their season with a big time opponent, and they survived. Not only that, but the Cowboys were able to jump a few spot in this week's polls.

7)Ohio State Buckeyes: Yes, Oklahoma State leapfrogged the Buckeyes this week. Why? Because it took an interception on a two point conversion to lock up an Ohio State win. Not impressive at all no matter how good a team Navy is. Got a problem with it? Don't worry the Buckeyes won't be in the top 25 after they blow their game next weekend to USC.

8)Cal Bears: Lost in the fray is just how impressive Cal looked this past weekend against Maryland. I fully believe this year's Bears can compete for a Pac 10 title.

9)Boise State Broncos: Sadly, this game is more remembered for what took place after the final whistle. However, what people should remember is that Boise State's defense destroyed a high-powered Oregon attack. Very impressive.

10)Alabama Crimson Tide: Well-played this weekend. Another season, another impressive season opener against an ACC team.

11)BYU Cougars:
This is unheard of, an eleven-spot jump in the polls. Well that's what happens when you travel to a "neutral" site and take on a top-three team. BYU is a good football team.

12)LSU Tigers: The Tigers did not look overwhelmingly impressive in their season opener. However, they still got the win and that's more than some teams can say.

13)Oklahoma Sooners:
Saturday's game was bad. However, things could get a lot worse for the Sooners with two All-Americans out. The entirety of the loss cannot be blamed on Sam Bradford's injury. The Sooners just looked bad.

14)Virginia Tech Hokies: I'll be the first to admit that the Hokies looked much better than I anticipated on Saturday night. Most importantly, Virginia Tech seems to have found a suitable replacement for Darrell Evans.

15)Oregon State Beavers: This is a bit of an inflated ranking, but for now the Beavers deserve it. Let's see if they can fight hard enough to hold onto it.

16)Cincinnati Bearcats:
What they pulled on the road in a potentially hostile environment at Rutgers was impressive. The Bearcats are poised to win their second consecutive Big East Championship.

17)Georga Bulldogs:
You have to give credit where credit is due. The Bulldogs went across the country and put on a very respectable display. Unfortunately for Georgia, they came out on the losing side.

18)Texas Tech Red Raiders:
The Red Raiders are flying under the radar right now. That being said, I don't really see this team making a lot of noise this year. The biggest thing that could have happened to Texas Tech may have been Oklahoma losing two players.

19)Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: The triple option was a success once again. It will be put to the test next week again Clemson.

20)Michigan State Spartans: The Spartans are looking to factor into the Big Ten title hunt. So far, so good.

21)Cincinnati Bearcats: What they pulled on the road in a potentially hostile environment at Rutgers was impressive. The Bearcats are poised to win a second consecutive Big East Championship.

22)Miami Hurricanes: Welcome to the Walker Sports Top-25, 'Canes. Great game on Monday night and welcome to the big time Jaccory Haris. I expect big things from this man.

23)North Carolina Tar Heels:
The Heels looked good in opening action. I still have some questions about this teams performances at the skill positions, but overall this could be Butch Davis' best team since leaving Miami.

24)Florida State Seminoles:
This is an 0-1 team but after what I saw on Monday night, I believe this is a very good team. The 'Noles will be in the mix come the end of the season.

25)Kansas Jayhawks: It's not often you can play well and drop but that's the story for the Jayhawks. They played well last weekend got an impressive victory but too many other teams accomplished more.