Alabama Football: Week One College Football Power Rankings

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Previous: . Nittany Lions . 6. team. 806. . 1-0

Am I overreacting here? Probably, but I think that Penn State has a legitimate defense that could cause problems for teams this season. The offense struggled, but they were facing one of the best defenses in college football. If the defense plays this well all season then they could be the team that represents the BIG10 in the CFP.

team. 812. . 1-0. Previous: . Buckeyes . 5

The Buckeyes struggled in the first half, and if it wasn’t for a devastating injury to Minnesota’s top offensive weapon, then we might be singing a different tune here. CJ Stroud looked much better in the second half and the defense tightened up when they needed to. However, they have some big issues to correct on defense if they want to remain atop the conference and return to the Playoff.

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4. team. 873. . 1-0. Previous: . Aggies

Another ranking that is a product of the lack of impressive performances across college football this weekend. The Aggies looked very good, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think they are an elite team at this moment. They get the chance to prove me wrong October 9th. Has Jimbo Fisher finally figured out how to top Alabama football or will it be just another year playing second fiddle to the Crimson Tide?

Cincinnati Bearcats Miami Redhawks
Cincinnati Bearcats Miami Redhawks /

830. . 1-0. Previous: . Bearcats . 3. team

Impressive. Heisman hopeful QB Desmond Ridder was nearly perfect for the day save for one INT. The defense was lights out for 3 quarters until a couple of garbage time TDs made the score artificially more respectable. These Bearcats have an outside chance at breaking into the Playoff. If some of the teams that underperformed this weekend turn out to be pretenders then watch out for Cincinnati.