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Week 1 Top 25

It’s safe to say that the trend of top intra-conference match-ups to open the college football season is here to stay. Week 1 of the 2017 football season brought us another compelling and exciting season opener.

Three teams topped 50 points on a Friday warm up. A trio of Top 25 match ups, headlined by the Alabama-Florida State slugfest was the marquee on Saturday. UCLA’s Hollywood script comeback against Texas A&M added some Sunday drama. And Tennessee and Georgia had to go into overtime to determine the last game of the extended weekend.

So how did our voters shake out the first poll after the games have started? Let’s take a look at the Last Word on College Football Week 1 Top 25.

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WEEK 1 TOP 25

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1.

2017 Preseason Top 25

ALABAMA (16)  (1-0)

448 1
Alabama again asserts themselves as the team to beat in college football. The Tide’s defense dominated FSU in opening week action, especially in a dominant second half. Can Jalen Hurts lead Bama to the championship?


2.

2017 Preseason Top 25

OHIO STATE (1) (1-0)

428 2
Freshman J.K. Dobbins kept Ohio State in the game early against Indiana. J.T. Barrett got into rhythm in the second half as the Buckeyes raced passed a game Hoosiers team. The Sooners come calling this weekend.


3.

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CLEMSON  (1-0)

397 5
‪Clemson played three quarterbacks in their 56-3 routing of Kent State. Their defense was stifling. Up next Auburn makes the trip to Death Valley to put the Tigers to the test.


4.

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PENN STATE  (1-0)

381 7
Penn State quietly remains a genuine contender in the Big 10 after dominating Akron. Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley give the Nittany Lions a potent offensive attack. Rival Pitt is up this week, a game PSU must not overlook.


5.

2017 Preseason Top 25

USC (1-0)

377 4
USC needed a 28-10 fourth quarter to beat Western Michigan at home Saturday. Sam Darnold threw for 289 yards and rushed a TD. He failed to throw a TD pass for the first time in eight games. USC hosts Stanford this week.


6.

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OKLAHOMA  (1-0)

365 6
Baker Mayfield went 19/20 en route to a 56-7 Sooners victory over UTEP Saturday. The defense began the game a bit shaky, but recovered quickly. OU travels to Columbus this week in the game of the weekend in College Football.


7.

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MICHIGAN (1-0)

320 11
The Wolverines helped Florida by throwing two pick-sixes. The defense only gave up 3 points. This team in Ann Arbor will be tough to beat.


8.

2017 Preseason Top 25

FLORIDA STATE  (0-1)

294 3
The Seminoles not only fell to top ranked Alabama but lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season. True freshman James Blackman now takes over as Florida State hosts Louisiana Monroe.


9. 

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OKLAHOMA STATE  (1-0) 

291 10
Oklahoma State thinks that this is their year to challenge Oklahoma in the Big XII and showed off in Game 1. Leading 38-17 at halftime and never let up after that. The Pokes should roll until their meeting with OU.


10.

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WASHINGTON  (1-0)

282 8
The Huskies started slowly against Rutgers, but found their mojo in time to put the Scarlet Knights away. UDub figures to roll in its home opener against Montana in Week 3.


11.

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WISCONSIN (1-0)

278 9
Wisconsin was another team that had a slow start in game one. Utah State hung around during the first half, only to watch Wisconsin exert their dominate physicality in the second. Wisconsin’s path to the Big Ten Championship Game is clear through their Big Ten West schedule.


12.

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STANFORD  (1-0)

260 15
David Shaw’s team got an early bye to rest and readjust following the Week 0 thrashing of Rice in Australia. In Week 3, The Cardinal plays one of the biggest games of the PAC-12 season at USC.


13.

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AUBURN  (1-0)

251 12
The Tigers defeated Georgia Southern 41-7. Jarrett Stidham was a little unconvincing, failing to complete a pass longer than 19 yards against the Eagles. Lucky for Auburn, RB Kamryn Pettaway and WR Kyle Davis will return to suit up against Clemson next Saturday at 7pm EDT on ESPN.


14.

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LSU (1-0)

239 13
Danny Etling finished 14 of 17 and looked very improved in the Tigers’ 27-0 win over BYU. LSU’s defense held their own and held BYU to 97 total yards of offense. The Cougars never crossed the 50 yard line during the game. LSU hosts Chattanooga on Saturday in Death Valley..


15.

GEORGIA  (1-0)

204 16
The Bulldogs dispatched Appalachian State 31-10, but it came at a price. QB Jacob Eason left the game and is out with a sprained left knee. The Dawgs head to South Bend for a prime time match up with Notre Dame this week.


16.

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LOUISVILLE (1-0)

166 14
The Cardinals had a tougher than expected win against Purdue. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson accounted for 475 total yards and two touchdowns in the win.


17. 

MIAMI  (1-0)

159 18
Miami has another fairly easy week with Saturday’s matchup at Arkansas State. However, they can not get caught looking ahead to the following weekend going against a wounded Florida State. Richt must keep his players focused as they continue to ride their eight game winning streak dating back to last season.


18.

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VIRGINIA TECH  (1-0)

148 22
In one of the most entertaining games of the weekend, the Hokies won going down to the wire against Top 25 ranked West Virginia. The ACC is ultra-competitive, can Fuente, Foster, and company challenge for the title?


19. 

KANSAS STATE  (1-0)

102 21
Bill Snyder’s squad got off to a bit of a slow start, but eventually routed lesser competition. The season starts in earnest in Week 3 against Vanderbilt.


20.

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USF  (2-0)

73 19
The Charlie Strong era has started off well for the Bulls, 2-0 headed into their first conference matchup with UConn. A win over the Huskies will show whether the preseason expectations placed on USF were deserved.


21.

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WASHINGTON STATE  (1-0)

58 NR
The Cougars are flying under the radar out West. While everyone else is talking about Washington, Stanford, and USC, Mike Leach has Washington State’s potent air attack thinking about a potential title in Pullman.


22.

FLORIDA (0-1)

52 17
The Gators didn’t do anything on offense in their first opening week loss in a generation. Were it not for the Gator defense, things would have gotten messy in Dallas. McElwain and company look the same as they did last season.


23.

TENNESSEE (1-0)

47  NR
The Vols needed a gutsy come-from-behind performance against Georgia Tech to crack our Top 25. Tennessee will have to fix a rush defense that surrendered 535 rushing yards. Luckily, Indiana State comes to Knoxville this week.


24.

TCU (1-0)

41  25
‪TCU blanked Jackson State 63-0 in their season opener. It was Coach Patterson’s 150th win. The Horned Frogs will travel to Arkansas on Saturday to get their first real test of the season. ‬


25.

UCLA  (1-0)

36  NR
The Bruins pulled off the second biggest comeback in FBS history, down 44-10, to come all the way back for a 45-44 last minute win over Texas A&M. Quarterback Josh Rosen was 35 of 59 for 491 yards with four 4th quarter touchdown passes. UCLA hosts Hawaii this week.

Others Receiving Votes: Utah (34), Notre Dame (30), West Virginia (19), South Carolina (17), Colorado (16), Oregon (15), , Boise State (13), Georgia Tech (6), Maryland (6), Navy (2), Northwestern (2).


 

Looking Ahead

Next week offers some top-15 match ups. Oklahoma’s visit to Ohio State leads the way, but Auburn at Clemson and Stanford at USC will also have serious implications for our poll.

About the Poll: Eighteen LWOCFB writers rank the Top 25 teams across the nation weekly to determine the best teams from around the country.

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