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1. Florida Gators (1-0) - The Gators started their repeat run at the national title game with a 62-3 throbbing over Charleston Southern. The Gators used a Jeffery Demps run in the first quarter put them on top, and they never looked back. Florida scored the first 35 points of the game, before the Buccaneers chipped in a 38 yard field goal late in the second half. The Gators compiled 624 total yards of offense, while quarterback Tim Tebow threw for 188 yards and a touchdown. Demps finished the game with 89 yards and 2 touchdowns, on just 5 carries. The Gators remain the #1 team in the land, with the margin widening after seeing # 2 go down. Florida’s next game will be Saturday September 12th when they host Troy.
2. Texas Longhorns (1-0) - The Longhorns started the season out well, scoring 59 points in their season opener. Texas jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter over Louisiana Monroe. Texas gained 598 total yards of offense, with 363 in the air. Colt McCoy started the season completing 21 of 29 passes for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Cody Johnson found the end zone three times, finishing with just 27 yards on 11 carries. Texas moves up one spot from # 3 to # 2 with their win, and an Oklahoma loss. The Longhorns will play their first road game of the season on Saturday at Wyoming.
3. USC Trojans (1-0) - Matt Barkley can breath a sigh of relief. His first start as the quarterback at University of Southern California ended in a 56-3 beat down of San Jose State. The Trojans got off to a slow start, and actually trailed 3-0 after one quarter. USC then scored the next 56 points, including 28 in the second quarter. Barkley ended the game 15-19 for 233 yards and a touchdown. Running back Joe McKnight ran wild for the Trojans offense, rushing 14 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Trojans moved up one spot from # 4 to # 3 with the win. USC will travel to Columbus Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday.
4. Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) - The Crimson Tide picked up one of the biggest wins in the first week of the college football season. Alabama knocked off Atlantic Coast Conference representative Virginia Tech 34-24. The Crimson Tide used a 18-7 fourth quarter advantage to come away with the win. Alabama out gained Virginia Tech offensively 498-155, but turned the ball over twice. Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin kicked four field goals for Alabama, and single handedly kept them in the game with three first half field goals. Alabama moves up one position from # 5 to # 4 this week. Alabama will play their first true home game of the season Saturday when they host Florida International.
5. Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) - The Nittany Lions kept Akron to just seven points on Saturday; in a 31-7 win. The Nittany Lions scored all of their 31 points in the first half, and limited Akron to just a single touchdown in the third quarter. Daryll Clark finished the game for the Nittany Lions 29 of 40 for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Evan Royster ran 14 times for 61 yards, and four touchdowns. Penn State moves up from # 6 to # 5 with the win. The Nittany Lions will host Syracuse next week.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) - The Buckeyes move up one spot this week from the initial spot at # 7 to # 6, despite the fact they just barely survived a scare. The Buckeyes used an interception of a two point conversion late in the game to beat Navy 31-27. The Buckeyes. A crowd of over 100,000 in Columbus saw the Buckeyes jump out to a 20-7 lead, but then saw the Midshipmen fight back, and threaten to take Ohio State to overtime. Terrelle Pryor was 14 of 21 passing for 174 yards and a touchdown and interception. Daniel Herron led the Buckeyes in rushing with 72 yards and a touchdown. The Buckeyes will have a very tough week two when they host the Trojans of USC.
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0) - Texas Tech picked up a week one win at home over North Dakota 38-13. The Red Raiders make a one team improvement from their preseason position at # 8, to # 7. Taylor Potts threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others in the win. What was unusual for a pass happy offense like Texas Tech’s was their three rushing touchdowns. The Red Raiders will host Rice on Saturday in week two action.
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0) - The Cowboys picked up a big win over the SEC’s Bulldogs of Georgia. The Cowboys stars Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant were once again huge in this one, as Robinson completed 11 of 22 passes for 2 touchdowns, while also running another in. Bryant caught three passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma State was able to move up one position from their pre-season position at # 9 to # 8. The Cowboys will take on Houston at home next week.
9. Oklahoma Sooners (0-1) - The Sooners lost their first game of the 2009 season, 14-13 to Brigham Young University, and also lost their Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford to an injury on Saturday. Bradford left the game just before halftime, as the Cougars kept the Sooners off the scoreboard in the latter parts of the game to pull the upset. Bradford’s future is unknown after he was announced as having a separated shoulder. The loss for the Sooners will hurt their chances to repeat going to the National Title game, but Oklahoma still knows they can win out, and win the Big 12 and put themselves in great position. Oklahoma will look to bounce back in week two against Idaho State at home. Oklahoma falls from # 2 to # 9 after the loss.
10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) - The Yellow Jackets round out the Top Ten after their 37-17 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday. Johnathan Dwyer led the Yellow Jacket offense, carrying the ball 7 times, for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the day Georgia Tech compiled 335 total rushing yards. The only bad news for the Yellow Jackets was they committed three turnovers in the ball game. Georgia Tech moves up one position from the preseason rankings, from # 11 to # 10 The Yellow Jackets will host ACC foe Clemson on Thursday night of this week.
11. Utah Utes (1-0) - The Utes knocked off state rival Utah State 35-17 in one of the first games of the college football season Thursday. Terrance Cain led the way for Utah, throwing for 286 yards and two touchdowns, along with rushing for 22. The Utes trailed early in this game 3-0, but scored 14 straight, and then led 26-17 at the half. The Utes were able to move up one position from # 12 to # 11, just outside of the Top 10. Utah will play San Jose State on Saturday. The Spartans were a victim to USC in week one. Beat Utah State 35-17. 12
12. Boise State Broncos (1-0) - Boise State came up with a huge, hard fought win at home over Oregon in week one. The Broncos led the game early, and withstood a tough Ducks team in the second half to come up with the 19-8 win. For Boise State, the Broncos compiled 361 total yards of offense, to just 152 for the Ducks. The win for the Broncos was marred by the post game fight that got Oregon’s top running back suspended for the remainder of the season. Since then Blount has called the Broncos Byron Hout and issued an apology. With the win, the Broncos move up from # 13 to # 12. The Broncos will take on Miami OH on Saturday.
13. Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) - The Bearcats started the 2009 season just as strong as they finished the 2008 season, jumping out to a 31-7 lead over Rutgers. Cincinnati did not let down in the second half when they outscored Rutgers 14-0, to garner a 38 point lead. The Bearcats added a safety in the fourth quarter, and left town with a 47-15 win over Rutgers. Tony Pike led the Bearcats with 27 of 34 passing, for 362 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati finished the game with 572 total yards of offense. The Bearcats started the season, ranked # 15, and this week have moved up two spots to # 13.
14. TCU Horned Frogs (0-0) - The Horned Frogs did not play during the first weekend of the season. Texas Christian will remain at the # 14 position. The Horned Frogs will travel to Virginia on September 12th for their season opener.
15. Georgia Bulldogs (0-1) - The Bulldogs lost their season opener 24-20 at Oklahoma State. Georgia got on the scoreboard first, behind a Joe Cox pass to Michael Moore, but the Cowboys scored the next 17 points of the game. The Bulldogs cut the lead to 17-10 in the third quarter when Blair Walsh kicked a 53 yard field goal, but the Bulldogs were not able to get into the end zone in the final quarter. Georgia is looking for offense in 2009 after losing both Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno to the National Football League. Georgia falls from # 10 to # 15 with the loss. The Bulldogs will host conference foe South Carolina in their home opener on Saturday.
16. Michigan State Spartans (1-0) - The Spartans started their season off right with a win over another MSU squad - Montana State. Michigan State quarterback Kurt Cousins threw for three touchdowns in the 44-3 win. The Spartans overall picked up 493 yards of offense, while allowing just 160 for Montana State. Michigan State will take on state opponent Central Michigan, in East Lansing on Saturday. Michigan State made a one team jump from # 17 to # 16.
17. Oregon State Beavers (1-0) - Jacquizz and James Rodgers combined for 126 yards on 18 carries to lead the Beavers past Portland State 34-7. Jacquizz ran 16 times, including three touchdowns. Defensively the Beavers only allowed their opponents 77 yards on the ground. Oregon State with the win moves up one spot from # 18 to # 17. The Beavers will now prepare for their next game, September 12th at UNLV.
18. Northwestern Wildcats (1-0) - The Wildcats were one of ten Big Ten teams to pick up a win Saturday. Towson State put up very little fight in a 47-14 thrashing. Northwestern scored the first 30 points of the game, and led 37-7 at halftime. For the game, the Wildcats out rushed their opponent 221 to 65, and all six of the Wildcats touchdowns were via the ground game. The Wildcats will host Eastern Michigan on Saturday September 12th. Northwestern moves up one spot from # 19 to # 18.
19. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) - The Panthers were able to limit the Penguins of Youngstown State to just 3 points, in a 35 point blowout win on Saturday. Panthers running back Dion Lewis compiled 129 yards rushing, while also getting into the end zone twice as well. Quarterback Bill Stull threw just 16 passes, but completed 11 of them, for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pittsburgh will travel to Buffalo for their road opener on Saturday. The Panthers move up one spot from # 20 to # 19.
20. California Golden Bears (1-0) - Javid Best ran for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns, and quarterback Kevin Riley threw for 298 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Golden Bears blasted the Maryland Terrapins 52-13. California got off to a quick start, as Best ran for a 73 yard touchdown in the early going. California continued to score, as they led 31-6 at halftime. All in all, the Bears gained 542 total yards, to 303 for Maryland. Beat Maryland. 52-13. The Golden Bears will next face Eastern Washington, at home, on September 12th. California moves up one spot from # 21 to # 20 with the win.
21. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0) - The Cornhuskers got the new season off on the right track, as they pummeled Florida Atlantic 49-3 on Saturday. Nebraska used 490 total yards of offense to score 7 touchdowns, while keeping their opponents out of the end zone. The Cornhuskers were led by Roy Helu’s 152 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Zach Lee got the Huskers off to a good start passing for a 28 yard touchdown early to give Nebraska their first lead. Lee ended the game 15 of 22 for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. Nebraska will next play Arkansas State on Saturday. Nebraska was able to move up one position from last week’s # 22 spot, to # 21 this week.
22. Oregon Ducks (0-1) - The Ducks not only lost their season opener, but seemingly also lost a lot of respect around the ranks of college football. After losing the game, top rusher LaGarrette Blount punched a Boise State player, and since then has been suspended for the rest of the season. The Ducks will struggle without their most explosive offensive player. In the loss, Oregon gained just 152 yards of total offense, with just 30 coming from the rushing game. Oregon falls from # 16 down 6 positions to # 22. Oregon will next host Big Ten representative Purdue on Saturday.
23. Mississippi Rebels (1-0) - The Rebels had to wait an extra day to start their season, but it was a success opener as they won at Memphis on Sunday 45-14. Jevan Snead struggled at the start of the game, but finished well, going 4 for 5 in the fourth quarter for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi led just 17-7 at halftime, but used four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. The Rebels will take next weekend off, and then come back on September 19th and host Southeastern Louisiana in their home opener. The Rebels started the pre-season poll at # 23, and will remain # 23 in week two.
24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) - The Fighting Irish silenced the early season critics on Saturday with a 35-0 blanking of Nevada on Saturday. The Fighting Irish saw quarterback Jimmy Clausen pass for four touchdowns, including three in the first half. Clausen finished passing 15 of 18 for 315 yards and four touchdowns. The Irish also added 178 yards on the ground in the game, with Armando Allen picking up 72 yards and a touchdown. The Irish enter the Top 25 after being left out in the pre-season. Notre Dame will play in Ann Arbor in week two against the Wolverines of Michigan.
25. Brigham Young Cougars (1-0) - The Cougars pulled the biggest upset of week one, knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners 14-13. BYU, out of the Mountain West Conference survived the final minutes of the game to hold onto the win. The loss for Oklahoma was doubled when they found out their quarterback Sam Bradford will miss some time due to a shoulder injury. The Cougars, normally known for their defense allowed Oklahoma just one touchdown, on 265 yards. The game winning touchdown came from Max Hall to McKay Johnson with just over 3:00 to go in the game. The Cougars will travel to Tulane next week.
Others in consideration for this week's rankings:
Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0) - Beat Northern Iowa 17-16
West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0) - Beat Liberty 33-20
East Carolina Panthers (1-0) - Beat Appalachian State 29-25
Tulsa Hurricanes (1-0) - Beat Tulane 37-13.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (-) - Play Cincinnati on Monday.
Missouri Tigers (1-0) - Beat Illinois 37-9.
Miami Hurricanes (1-0) - Beat Florida State 38-34.
Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1) - Lost to Alabama 34-24.
Dropped from the ncaa football top 25:
Florida State Seminoles (0-1) - Lost to Miami 38-34.
Illinois Fighting Illinois (0-1) - Lost to Missouri 37-9.