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Analyzing Week One of the Associated Press College Football Top 25

After one week’s play in college football, there were relatively few upsets, and even less substantial movement in the Associated Press College Football Top 25, recognized as one of the benchmarks in the overall standing of Division I college football programs.

Here is the AP Top 25 and some associated snap observations:

1. Alabama (45)            1-0
2. Southern Cal (11)            1-0
3. LSU (4)            1-0
4. Oregon            1-0
5. Oklahoma            1-0
6. Florida St.            1-0
7. Georgia            1-0
8. Arkansas            1-0
9. South Carolina            1-0
9. West Virginia            1-0
11. Michigan St.            1-0
12. Clemson            1-0
13. Wisconsin            1-0
14. Ohio St.            1-0
15. Virginia Tech            1-0
16. Nebraska            1-0
17. Texas            1-0
18. Oklahoma St.            1-0
19. Michigan            0-1
20. TCU            0-0
21. Kansas St.            1-0
22. Notre Dame            1-0
23. Louisville            1-0
24. Florida            1-0
25. Stanford            1-0

It’s interesting that Alabama jumped USC, but then again, not all that surprising. This does show, however, that the AP is willing to reward teams who schedule first-tier opponents and knock them off in the early going. The voters love Alabama and they already seem to be achieving some distance between themselves and USC.

Will this continue?

I’m surprised that South Carolina is still among the Top 10 after their struggles in Week 1. Is this a sign of respect to James Franklin and the emerging Vanderbilt Commodores‘ program, or just the fact that the Gamecocks being an SEC team?

Texas actually slipped two spots in the poll to No. 17 behind a Nebraska Cornhuskers team that tallied a win win against Southern Mississippi. While the Longhorns were far from dominant against the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday evening, this one is hard to wrap your head around.

Wisconsin wasn’t very impressive either, and the Badgers will have some increased scrutiny on them in Week 2 as they travel to Corvallis to take on the Oregon State Badgers on Saturday.

The Michigan Wolverines fell about as far as I had expected. They’re still a Top 25 team, but without a strong bounceback in Week 2, some eyebrows will begin to be raised not only about Denard Robinson’s ability to lead their offense, but also about the team’s chances in a Big 10 which appears to be far behind the Michigan State Spartans.

Notre Dame got some nice love from voters as well jumping into the mix at No. 22 after demolishing Navy in Dublin. Are the Irish for real, or was this a one-week fluke?

Needless to say, the story lines abound as they will all season long.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

Kris is also the host of the Rant Sports College Football Hour on the SCR Radio Network  on Sunday evenings at 8 Central Time and Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.

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