By: David Folz
Top 25 Week 1 Capsules
As we ended the first week of college football, not many teams jumped in or out of the rankings. Only one team entered the AP Top 25 poll and that was Notre Dame at 21, who moved in when Boise State fell out. I will use the AP Top 25 for my weekly capsules on teams. Since this is the first week, I will not be using the Pre-Season ranks and will instead just go from the season start. If you are wondering what a capsule is, it is a quick, couple sentence review of the past weeks games for the Top 25 bunch. So here are the reviews of last week’s games:
1. Alabama: Defeated Michigan 41-14 on Saturday, as the defense stifled star QB Denard
Robinson. Alabama’s running attack will feature Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon as both had great
games. Next Game: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky.
2. USC: Matt Barkley started in the best way, crushing Hawaii 49-10. The Trojans led 35-0 at
halftime and cruised from there. Next Game: Saturday vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium (East
3. LSU: The defense pounded North Texas 41-14. Zack Mettenburger showed promise of being a good SEC QB and will face a tougher test this week to prove how good he is. Next Game: Saturday vs. Washington.
4. Oregon: The offense was spectacular in the first half, scoring 50 points in the first two quarters en route to a 57-34 win over Arkansas State. Marcus Mariota showed poise and great arm strength to be the starter this year for the Ducks. Next Game: Saturday vs. Fresno State.
5. Oklahoma: Struggled on offense but pulled away in the end 24-7 against UTEP. The offense
should be fine later on in the season and should not be a problem this week. Next Game:
Saturday vs. Florida A&M.
6. Florida State: Rolled over Murray State 69-3 against the FCS opponent. Should be just as big a win if not larger for a point differential. Next Game: Saturday vs. Savannah State.
7. Georgia: The running game found its footing and Aaron Murray was great in a 45-23 win over
Buffalo. The true test of Georgia will come this week as the SEC season opens. Next Game:
Saturday vs. Missouri.
8. Arkansas: The new receiving crew for the Razorbacks led the way en route to a 49-24 win over Jacksonville State. They Razorbacks should be 2-0 before their showdown with Alabama. Next Game: Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
9. West Virginia: Offensively showed their muscle against Marshall, thrashing them 69-34. Should be an easy next two weeks before conference play happens. Next Game: Saturday vs. James Madison.
10. South Carolina: Struggled on offense but was able to beat Vanderbilt 17-13. Should have an easy next two weeks prior to their SEC opener. Next Game: Saturday vs. East Carolina.
11. Michigan State: Le’Veon Bell showed how well he can run, scoring two touchdowns in the 17-13 win over Boise State. Should be able to run wild again this week with an easy opponent on the schedule. Next Game: Saturday at Central Michigan.
12. Clemson: Big game for Andre Ellington and Tajh Boyd helped Clemson win in Atlanta against Auburn 26-19. The close games will be limited to just last week as Clemson has an easy opponent this week. Next Game: Saturday vs. Ball State.
13. Wisconsin: Struggled to get into rhythm but in the end was able to beat Northern Iowa 26-21.The Badgers have some work to do to be able to be big time contenders in the Big Ten. Next Game: Saturday at Oregon State.
14. Ohio State: Rolled from the second quarter onward to beat Miami-Ohio 59-14. Will face a tough test this week against a good mid-major team. Next Game: Saturday vs. UCF.
15. Virginia Tech: Struggled on Labor Day against Georgia Tech, but won in overtime 20-17. The offense should find its footing this week as another FCS opponent plays an FBS opponent. Next Game: Saturday vs. Austin Peay.
16. Nebraska: Taylor Martinez had his best day of his career throwing the ball as the Cornhuskers beat up Southern Mississippi 49-20. This weekend they head out west to face a team with a
new coach looking to make a statement. Next Game: Saturday at UCLA
17. Texas: Struggled to gain consistent footing against Wyoming for nearly three quarters before pulling away to a 37-17 win. The easy wins should continue for another week as they face a weak opponent. Next Game: Saturday vs. New Mexico.
18. Oklahoma State: Pounded Savannah State 84-0. Look for this weekend’s matchup to be a little closer than that. Next Game: Saturday at Arizona.
19. Michigan: Plummeted down the polls following the loss to Alabama. Will have a tricky opponent this weekend with a triple option system the Wolverines haven’t seen in quite some time. NextGame: Saturday vs. Air Force.
20. TCU: Only team in top 25 who had a bye week. This week should be just like a bye week for the Horned Frogs. Next Game: Saturday vs. Grambling State.
21. Kansas State: Handled Missouri State 51-9 in the opener. This week should be a lot different for the Wildcats. Next Game: Saturday vs. Miami-Florida.
22. Notre Dame: Big win over Navy 50-10 in Dublin, Ireland. Return to the States to face a rival who is upset specialist. Next game: Saturday vs. Purdue.
23. Louisville: The Big East’s best team beat in-state rival Kentucky 32-14. Should find this week’s test to be a nice breather after winning the Commonwealth Cup. Next Game: Saturday vs. Missouri State.
24. Florida: Had many offensive troubles while finding a way to beat Bowling Green 27-14. The
next game will test the Gators to get their offense to be consistent and good and quickly. Next
Game: Saturday at Texas A&M.
25. Stanford: The post-Andrew Luck era did not begin well with a 20-17 win over San Jose State.Those offensive worries should be of note to see how they do against another doormat of a conference this weekend. Next Game: Saturday vs. Duke.
Check back next week for updated standing and analysis!