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South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels
16. Baylor (1-0) - Win vs TCU, 50-48
There was not one game more entertaining in Week 1 than Baylor’s shootout victory over TCU.
Quarterback Robert Griffin had an absolutely tremendous performance, throwing for 359 yards and five touchdowns, while wide receiver Kendall Wright had 189 receiving yards and caught two of Griffin’s touchdown passes.
The Bears defense was very shaky, giving up 48 points and 466 total yards, but a win over TCU, the team that finished 2nd in my final Top 25 last year after an undefeated season and Rose Bowl victory, is certainly a huge start to the season, which gives them great momentum to carry forward with.
That earns the Bears the 16th spot in this week’s rankings.
17. South Florida (1-0) - Win at Notre Dame, 23-20
Lightning landed in South Bend on Saturday, with the most resounding strikes coming at the conclusion of the game, which resulted in a surprising South Florida upset victory over Notre Dame.
With the win, USF put themselves in position to be the early favorites in the Big East, and got a win both historical for the program, as well as a big road win to build momentum off of. This earned them the 17th spot in the Week 1 rankings.
18. South Carolina (1-0) - Win vs East Carolina, 56-37
The Gamecocks won over East Carolina, but they did not win impressively.
Connor Shaw got the start at quarterback, but after a 3-for-9 start in which he only passed for 21 yards and his team fell into a 17-0 hole, Shaw was pulled in favor of Garcia, who led the Gamecocks back to victory.
However, the fact that the Gamecocks struggled to established control of this game until the second half was a discouraging sight for a team expected to contend in the Southeastern Conference.
19. North Carolina (1-0) - Win vs James Madison, 42-10
In his first game as North Carolina starting quarterback, sophomore Bryn Renner was tremendously efficient, completing 22 of 23 passes, and North Carolina rolled to a victory over James Madison, showing signs of good things to come this season for the Tar Heels.
20. Oregon (0-1) - Loss vs LSU (neutral), 40-27
The Ducks suffered a tough loss against LSU in their opener. However, LSU is one of the powers of the nation’s best conference, the SEC, and the Ducks should bounce back to contend for a Pac-12 title.
Since they did show some good signs against a very tough SEC team, the Ducks hang around in the top 20 of the rankings.