1. Alabama Crimson Tide: 1-0 (previously No. 5)
Nick Saban showed us why his Crimson Tide are the best at what they do by destroying a good Michigan team 41-14 on a national stage.
2. USC Trojans: 1-0 (previously No. 1)
Matt Barkley put the beatdown on Hawai'i, throwing for 372 yards and three touchdowns in pursuit of a Heisman Trophy. However, it wasn't enough for the Trojans to keep the top spot in this week's rankings.
3. West Virginia Mountaineers: 1-0 (no change)
The mountain men have a gem with quarterback Geno Smith, who completed nearly 90 percent of his passes en route to a 69-34 win over Marshall Saturday.
4. LSU Tigers: 1-0 (no change)
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger had a solid debut, the rushing game compiled 316 yards and the Tigers' offense put together 26 first downs in their 41-14 win over the not-so Mean Green.
5. Arkansas Razorbacks: 1-0 (previously No. 2)
The Razorbacks' defense allowed 21 first-half points to FCS Jacksonville State before Tyler Wilson and the explosive offensive unit blew things up, leading to a 49-24 victory.
6. Oregon Ducks: 1-0 (no change)
Led by redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota, Oregon scored 50 points within the first 24 minutes of the game against Arkansas State.
7. Clemson Tigers: 1-0 (previously No. 8)
Dabo Swinney's squad showed us a lot by beating a hungry Auburn team 26-19 at the Georgia Dome without All-American receiver Sammy Watkins.
8. Oklahoma Sooners: 1-0 (previously No. 7)
Scoring just seven first-half points against a UTEP team that won two C-USA conference games one year ago, the Sooners showed that they have a lot of work to do before challenging the SEC for a spot in the national championship.
9. Georgia Bulldogs: 1-0 (no change)
Georgia's defensive front seven was unable to stop the Buffalo running game (199 yards) as the Bulldogs held a 23-16 lead at the half before pulling away in the fourth quarter.
10. Virginia Tech: 1-0 (no change)
Logan Thomas orchastrated a beautiful fourth-quarter comeback against a stingy Georgia Tech defense as the Hokies won 20-17 in overtime.
11. Florida State: 1-0 (no change)
E.J. Manuel wasn't flashy as he threw for 188 yards, a touchdown and an INT, but the 'Noles took care of business vs. FCS Murray State, 69-3.
12. Ohio State Buckeyes*: 1-0 (previously No. 13)
Braxton Miller compiled 368 yards and three touchdowns as the Buckeyes took apart Miami (Oh.) 56-10 in Urban Meyer's coaching debut.
13. Missouri Tigers: 1-0 (previously No. 14)
14. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 1-0 (previously No. 16)
Taylor Martinez passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns while leading the Cornhuskers to 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) on third down conversions against Southern Miss.
15. Wisconsin Badgers: 1-0 (previously No. 12)
Maryland transfer QB Danny O'Brien was solid in his debut, but the Badgers struggled at home against FCS Northern Iowa as they were taken to the wire in a 26-21 win.
16. Michigan State Spartans: 1-0 (previously No. 17)
Although the defense was smothering, Michigan State's offense showed its inexperience against Boise State. Le'Veon Bell cannot carry the ball 44 times every game.
17. Michigan Wolverines: 0-1 (previously No. 15)
In Denard Robinson's defense, he was playing a unit that was far superior to the athletes he has around himself. There was nothing he could do to change the inevitable. The Wolverines still have a shot at the Big Ten.
18. Washington Huskies: 1-0 (no change)
The repercussions of Chris Polk's departure from the backfield were evident in the Huskies' 21-12 win over a depleted San Diego State team, as they rushed for just 106 yards off 31 carries (3.4 ypc).
19. Utah Utes: 1-0 (no change)
An underrated defense strut its stuff as the Utes held Northern Colorado to 114 total yards in a 41-0 shutout win.
20. Louisville Cardinals: 1-0 (previously No. 22)
Quarterback Terry Bridgewater dissembled the Wildcats' secondary by completing 19-of-21 (90.5 percent) of his passes and the Cardinals had two 100-yard rushers.
21. South Carolina Gamecocks: 1-0 (previously No. 23)
The passing game wasn't there, but South Carolina escaped Nashville with a solid win over Vanderbilt with the exceptional play of Marcus Lattimore.
22. BYU Cougars: 1-0 (previously unranked)
Quarterback Riley Nelson and the BYU defense spoiled Mike Leach's coaching debut by walloping Washington State by a final of 30-6.
23. Ohio Bobcats: 1-0 (previously No. 24)
A cupcake schedule has Bobcat fans thinking of an undefeated regular season.
24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 1-0 (previously unranked)
No one would have thought the Irish were going to put up 50 points against Navy—or any team for that matter—especially with Everett Gholston under center and running back Cierre Wood suspended.
25. Iowa Hawkeyes: 1-0 (previously No. 21)
It took a nine-point fourth-quarter comeback to take care of MAC opponent Northern Illinois, but the Hawkeyes should put forth a better performance against Iowa State on Saturday.
Other receiving votes (in order): TCU, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas State, Central Florida*, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Florida, Cincinnati, Boise State, Auburn, Baylor, Texas A&M.
*Ineligible for conference championship and postseason play
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