2016 College Football Season: Week 1 Rankings

Jalen Hurts, Alabama

The week 1 AP Top 25 offers little change in top 5, with Alabama and Clemson retaining their 1-2 spots, while Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan make minor advancements instead of Oklahoma and LSU, having huge falls after their losses. Houston rose to number 6 thanks to beating the Sooners, while Washington, Georgia and Wisconsin join Stanford to complete the top 10, while Florida were the only team that won and still dropped from the rankings.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 1-0 (54 first place votes): Proved their preseason number one ranking wasn’t a fluke, crushing USC 52-6.

2. Clemson Tigers, 1-0 (2): Struggled at times against Auburn on the road, but the ACC champions delivered with a 19-13 win.

3. Florida State Seminoles, 1-0 (4): Falling behind by 22 points in the first half against Ole Miss didn’t cause the Seminoles to fall apart, scoring 33 unanswered points and winning 45-34.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes, 1-0: No problem in their season opener against Bowling Green, crushing the Falcons 77-10.

5. Michigan Wolverines, 1-0 (1): Moved up a couple of spots, like OSU, holding Hawaii to only 3 points, beating the Warriors 63-3.

6. Houston Cougars, 1-0: Provided maybe the most impressive win of the first week, beating Oklahoma 33-23, climbing nine spots in the process.

7. Stanford Cardinal, 1-0: Did what’s expected of them by beating Kansas State 26-13, moving up one spot.

8. Washington Huskies, 1-0: Beating up Rutgers 48-13 made the Huskies leap up six spots into a top 10 ranking, something they’re not very used to.

9. Georgia Bulldogs, 1-0: The return of Nick Chubb led to a dominant win over North Carolina in Atlanta, winning 33-24, climbing nine spots in response.

10. Wisconsin Badgers, 1-0: Previously unranked, the Badgers get in for beating LSU 16-14, closing the top 10.

11. Texas Longhorns, 1-0: Another team previously unranked, the Longhorns leap into the rankings thanks to a 50-47 win over Notre Dame in double overtime.

12. Michigan State Spartans, 1-0: Looked unimpressive in a 28-13 win over Furman, keeping them in 12.

13. Louisville Cardinals, 1-0: Beating Charlotte 70-14 impressed voters, helping the Cards jump six spots in the polls, believing that the Lamar Jackson hype is for real.

14. Oklahoma Sooners, 0-1: The highest ranked team with a loss, Oklahoma lost 33-23 in Houston, dropping 11 spots.

15. TCU Horned Frogs, 1-0: Giving up 41 points to South Dakota State (winning 59-41) didn’t help TCU, sliding two spots in the polls.

16. Iowa Hawkeyes, 1-0: Looked dominant enough when it mattered in a 45-21 win over Miami (Ohio), rising one spot.

17. Tennessee Volunteers, 1-0: Barely got through Appalachian State, beating the Mountaineers 20-13, which meant an eight spot slide.

18. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 0-1: Losing 47-50 to a non-ranked Texas team hurt Notre Dame, but made them fall 8 spots, not out of the rankings.

19. Ole Miss Rebels, 0-1: Another 8-spot slide, mostly for blowing a 22 point lead, not for their 45-34 loss to Florida State.

20. Texas A&M Aggies, 1-0: Were previously unranked, but upsetting (was it an upset?) UCLA 34-26 at Kyle Field did the job.

21. LSU Tigers, 0-1: Fell 16 spots out of #5 after losing 14-16 in Green Bay to Wisconsin.

22. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 1-0: A 61-7 win over Southeastern Louisiana actually made the Cowboys fall down one spot.

23. Baylor Bears, 1-0: Didn’t move a spot following their 55-7 win over Northwestern State.

24. Oregon Ducks, 1-0: A 53-28 win over UC Davis didn’t move the Ducks, who probably looked for a better defensive performance.

25. Miami Hurricanes, 1-0: A 70-3 win over Florida A&M puts the ‘Canes in the rankings after being unranked before week 1.

Dropped from rankings: UCLA, USC, North Carolina, Florida (despite winning).

Tyrone Swoopes, Texas

Seven ranked teams lost this week, which helped Texas, among others, make their way into the top 25. This is the first time the Longhorns are ranked since Charlie Strong became the head coach, starting out his third season on the sidelines the right way. Wisconsin, also unranked before the game, actually tied a record for best debut in the rankings, going from nothing to no. 10 following their upset win over previously #5 LSU. The Tigers’ 16-spot fall is the fourth highest in poll history. Houston rising nine spots helps them gain their best ranking since 1990, when they held the #3 spot on November 4. Washington being in the top 10 means it’s their highest ranked week since November 4, 2001.

As for the conference split, the SEC lead with six schools in the top 25, followed by the Big Ten and Big 12, both with five teams. The ACC has four teams, the Pac-12 sent three, while the American conference has Houston, the only non-P5 and Notre Dame team in the rankings.

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