Top Ten Teams After The First Saturday of College Football

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IAugust 31, 2008

After an exciting first day of college football, there have been some upsets, as well as some teams getting steamrolled. Here's my top ten after the first Saturday.


10) Alabama

Yea, I know they were ranked No. 24 coming into Saturday, but if any of you witnessed their dominance of No. 9 Clemson, you'll agree with this. John Parker Wilson might get ripped apart when the SEC schedule hits, but he looked awfully good against the Tigers.

Not to mention, the young 'Bama defense held Clemson's running back duo C.J. Spiller and James Davis to 20 rushing yards. That's insane. Nick Saban has things heading in the right direction in Tuscaloosa.


9) West Virginia

You might be wondering how it is possible for a team who won by 27 points to drop a spot in the top ten. Well, despite Pat White's five touchdown passes, the WVU defense gave up 21 points to a Division 1-AA opponent. That just can't happen if the Mountaineers and Bill Stewart are to win the Big East.

I was so impressed with White, but the defense looked absolutely sluggish.


8) Oregon

As I have already mentioned in a previously-written article, the Ducks' secondary is the best in the country. They certainly showed that imposing "D" against Jake Locker and the Washington Huskies, holding them to just 10 points.

The way in which head coach Nick Bellotti switched his quarterbacks on the fly while commanding a no-huddle offense was incredible.


7) Auburn

They didn't do a whole lot that was considered spectacular, but the SEC defense dominated the Warhawks to the tune of 220 total yards in a 34-0 rout. I'm not quite convinced that Tommy Tuberville has everything under control to make a BCS push, but the Tigers were in control in their first game.


6) Ohio State

I am ready to hear the boo-birds after making this decision, but with the unknown status of Chris "Beanie" Wells, I'm not all too sure how the Buckeyes will respond. With Wells healthy, this squad moves up a couple spots, but right now, I just don't see them hanging with USC in two weeks.

Todd Boeckman and Brian Robiskie will keep the offense alive, and James Laurinitis and Co. will dominate on D. The 43-0 score against Youngstown State obviously showed that the Bucks' are ready, but are they BCS title ready in two weeks? I don't think so. Especially not with Wells on the sidelines.


5) Missouri

Can this offense be stopped? If WR/KR sensation Jeremy Maclin is lost for a significant period of time, the answer to that may be yes. Right now, it's pretty unsure.

Although the Tigers hung 52 points on a quality Illinois team, they did surrender 42 points, as well. Chase Daniel made an uncharacteristically poor throw for an interception, but the running game for the Tigers was really something else. The Illini defense couldn't find an answer for Derrick Washington and Co.


4) Florida

What can Brandon James and Tim Tebow NOT do? The speedster and his amazing quarterback helped drop 56 points on the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii. That being said, there just happened to be three teams that were even more impressive Saturday.


3) LSU

I'm not as convinced with LSU as Lisa Horne is, but they looked mighty good in an early start against Appalachian State. Granted, this isn't the same squad that included explosive WR Dexter Jackson, but LSU made quick work of them, and held exciting QB Armanti Edwards in check.

LSU's defensive front is probably the best in the nation, and their offense is showing promise, too. Harvard transfer Andrew Hatch connected with his receivers and looked comfortable as the Tigers rolled.


2) Oklahoma

Dropping 50 points IN A HALF will bring you up in the rankings.

Quarterback Sam Bradford looked in control, going 17-for-22, and DeMarco Murray ran for 124 yards to put Chattanooga away early. It was nice for the Sooner faithful that their squad didn't have to exert a whole heck of a lot of energy after the half.


1) USC

There shouldn't be any question about who is No. 1, in my mind. Mark Sanchez came back and was exceptional in a 52-7 thrashing of Virginia.

USC didn't schedule a cupcake for this game, they traveled across the country to face a ACC contender. The most impressive part of the game, to me, was that no Trojan scored more than one touchdown. That unselfishness will help the Trojans out exponentially in the long run.