Now that the first week of the college football season is in the books, here is a look at the top 25 best teams according to my rating system.
Keep in mind, due the small sample size of only one game, these numbers are heavily influenced by their preseason projections. As the weeks go on, the projections will slowly fade away, and the real talent will be all that’s left. Also, if you would like to know where the other 100 FBS teams fall in the ratings, click here.
- Probably the most eye-catching thing is the fact that Alabama went from preseason #1 to the now #5 best team in the nation. Their defense still rates as tops in the nation, but their offense did not do enough against Virginia Tech to keep them in the top spot. Of course, they are only 2% below the #1 team after the first week, so it’s not like the numbers hate them.
- So, hey there, Oklahoma State. The preseason numbers already liked their offense, but the fact that they held Mississippi State to 3 points was enough to move them from the preseason #7 spot to #1. Like Alabama not being on top, however, we will just have to wait and see how long this lasts.
- Hello, Jameis Winston! Florida State’s performance at Pitt last night vaults them from just outside the preseason top 25 and into the second place position.
- Georgia’s offense rates as, by far, the best unit in the nation after week 1. It will be interesting to see how much the loss of Malcolm Mitchell effects this explosive offense going forward.
- Washington’s 38-6 drubbing of Boise State was enough to move them from #28 all the way down to #10. Was this a preview of things to come?
- The projections were extremely down on Virginia Tech’s offense before the season started. Thanks to playing Alabama, their strength-of-schedule-adjusted offensive rating jumped to above average, moving them into the top 25 from the #59 ranking. Their defense looks legit, but I still have my doubts about the offense.
State of Iowa
I’m from Iowa, so every week I’m going to throw in a blurb about the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones, seeing as neither of them are going to sniff the top 25 this season.
- #67 Iowa– As odd as it sounds, the Hawkeyes looked better than last year’s version, but they lost in an all too similar manner to Northern Illinois on Saturday. As a result, they take a bit of a tumble from the preseason #54 ranking to #67 after their first game. Like I said, this Hawkeye team showed glimpses of having an actual offensive identity on Saturday, so if they can limit big plays on defense and get things clicking on offense, they should be able to show some improvement throughout the season. However, the schedule isn’t all that favorable, so improvement may not be as visible to the naked eye as we would like.
- #79 Iowa State– The Cyclones were one of several FBS teams to be knocked off by an FCS foe this past week. The defense still looks to be the strength of this team, although Sam Richardson showed flashes of being pretty good, too. That offensive line, though, gave up way too many negative plays against an FCS team. They may want to get that tightened up.