Every Thursday, Rich Gray will unveil his weekly NCAA Top 25. Every Thursday, Rich Gray will unveil his weekly NCAA Top 25. Alabama rolled on. Tajh Boyd and Teddy Bridgewater began their Heisman campaigns will a bang. And Washington did us all a favor by bursting Boise State’s BCS bubble in the first week of the season.
1 – Alabama LW: (1)
Alabama took care of business against Virginia Tech, as expected. Now the Tide have two weeks to get ready for Johnny Football and Texas A&M.
2 – Stanford LW: (2)
Stanford did not play in Week 1. The Cardinal should have an easy task taking care of San Jose State on Saturday.
3 – South Carolina LW: (3)
The Gamecocks took care of North Carolina, despite their conditioning problems. A bigger test is this weekend against Georgia.
4 – Clemson LW: (8)
Tajh Boyd shinned in Clemson’s big win over Georgia. The Tigers should be favored in every game for the next 5 weeks.
5 – Ohio State LW: (4)
Ohio State blew out Buffalo in Week 1 with ease. Braxton Miller and company take on San Diego State on Saturday, in what should be another easy victory.
6 – Oregon LW: (5)
Nicholls State was no match for Oregon. The Ducks travel to take on Virginia this week.
7 – Texas A&M LW: (7)
Johnny Manziel returned, and of course controversy followed. What did you expect? Oh, and the Aggies crushed Rice.
8 – LSU LW: (14)
LSU proved to be too talented for TCU, despite losing 11 underclassmen to the NFL last year.
9 – Florida LW: (9)
Florida showed very little in the opening win over Toledo. Expect the Gators to amp it up a bit this week against Miami.
10 – Notre Dame LW: (10)
Same goes for Notre Dame. The Irish were vanilla against Temple. We will find out where Notre Dame’s season is heading at the Big House on Saturday.
11 – Florida State LW: (11)
Redshirt freshman Jameis Winston burst onto the scene against Pittsburgh last week. Florida State is on bye this week.
12 – Texas LW: (12)
Texas was slow waking up, but eventually blew out New Mexico State last week. The Longhorns need to show up for all four quarters when they travel to BYU this week.
13 – Louisville LW: (13)
Teddy Bridgewater’s Heisman campaign got off to a fantastic start against Ohio. Bridgewater should post even better number vs Eastern Kentucky.
14 – Michigan LW: (16)
Michigan would love nothing better than to stick it to Notre Dame before their rivalry goes on hiatus. Question is do they have enough offense to make it happen?
15 – Oklahoma LW: (17)
Oklahoma begins conference play this week against West Virginia. A nice test for this defense.
16 – Georgia LW: (7)
Dropping Georgia this far following its 38-35 loss to Clemson seems harsh, but if the Bulldogs lose to South Carolina this week, they might be out of the rankings.
17 – Michigan State LW: (20)
Sparty did very little to impress vs Western Michigan, but move up in the rankings anyway.
18 – Northwestern LW: (24)
Northwestern opened the season with a solid road win over California. The Wildcats have 4 straight home games, including the big showdown against Ohio State on October 5th.
19 – Nebraska LW: (22)
Bo Pelini won’t be handing out any blackshirts following the scare to Wyoming. Nebraska has to improve on defense if they want to stay in these rankings.
20 – UCLA LW: (22)
UCLA offense looked dangerous against Nevada. With two week to prep for Nebraska, Brett Hundley must be licking his chops.
21 – Arizona State LW: (21)
Arizona State opens the season tonight against Sacramento State. The next four games will tell us how good the Sun Devils will be in 2013.
22 – TCU LW: (15)
TCU was no match for LSU, which surprised me a little. The Horned Frogs should easily bounce back this week against Southeastern Louisiana.
23 – Oklahoma State LW: (23)
Oklahoma State wasn’t too impressive against Mississippi State. The Cowboys will be on cruise control again this week against UTSA.
24 – Washington LW: (unranked)
Washington enters the ranking following its shellacking of Boise State. The Huskies are off this week before traveling to Illinois.
25 – Baylor LW: (unranked)
Baylor enters the rankings after putting up 69 points in their opening win over Wofford.
Next 5 Out: USC, Wisconsin, Oregon State, Miami, Ole Miss
Out of Rankings: Oregon State (18), Boise State (25)