College Football Rankings 2011: Ranking All FBS Conferences Heading into Week 2
Well, Week 1 has come and gone, leaving a trail of dominating performances, exciting finishes and head-scratching losses.
I have chosen a game from each conference that best represents its opening week and where each conference stands heading into Week 2, followed by individual rankings within that conference.
6. Pac-12: Sacramento State 29, Oregon State 28…TIMBER!
- Arizona State
- Washington State
- Oregon State
The big bad Hornets came into Corvallis, Ore. and amazingly upended the Beavers.
OSU starting QB Ryan Katz struggled mightily in the first half and was replaced by true freshman Sean Mannion in the second half.
While Malcolm Agnew was fantastic (223 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries), the Beavers defense was not, as it proved unable to come up with key stops—evidenced by the Hornets' two-point conversion in overtime to win the game.
5. Big East: South Florida zaps Notre Dame 23-20
- South Florida
- West Virginia
The Bulls went into South Bend and, with the help of costly Notre Dame turnovers—and maybe Mother Nature—stunned the 16th-ranked Irish.
South Florida provided one of the few bright spots for the Big East during Week 1.
Big East Rankings
4. ACC: Virginia Tech 56, Appalachian State 13; Order Is Restored
- Virginia Tech
- Florida State
- Georgia Tech
- North Carolina
- Boston College
- North Carolina State
- Wake Forest
After big problems in their last three season openers, the Hokies blew out a pretty good Appalachian State team.
The running game dominated and the defense stuffed the ASU spread attack.
Virginia Tech appears to be the ACC front-runner.
3. Big 12: Baylor 50, TCU 48…whew!
- Oklahoma State
- Texas A&M
- Texas Tech
- Iowa State
- Kansas State
In easily the most exciting game of Week 1, the surprising Baylor Bears jumped all over the Horned Frogs and then held on for dear life.
QB Robert Griffin III was a one-man wrecking crew who has vaulted himself into the Heisman periphery.
TCU's renowned defense must have left Waco in a complete daze.
Big 12 Rankings
2. Big 10: Minnesota nearly derails the Trojans, losing 19-17
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Michigan State
You don’t necessarily have to win in order to give your conference bragging rights.
USC led at halftime 19-3, but the Golden Gophers shut out the Trojans during the second half and almost pulled off a huge upset on the road against a ranked team.
If this is how a Big Ten bottom-dweller plays, the conference should be a real dogfight.
Big 10 Rankings
1. SEC: LSU plucks the Ducks
- South Carolina
- Mississippi State
Probably the most anticipated game of Week 1, LSU proved the old adage "a dominant defense wins over a dominant offense."
Oregon’s Heisman candidate LaMichael James had 18 carries for only 54 yards, and LSU forced four Duck turnovers to claim a relatively easy 40-27 victory.
Coach Les Miles definitely pulled this win out of his Mad Hat.
Now, as any seasoned sports fan knows, these rankings will dramatically change week to week.
And for the Pac-12, it darn well better—not that I have my fingers crossed or anything!