For too many years, we have seen the opening weekend of college football greet us with only a few games of real significance. For just as long, week 2 has been arguably even worse (this year is no different in that regard). This year however, the top 25 is littered with great games to start the season.
Polls are basically meaningless until the playoff rankings come out, but they still give us some type of measuring stick to help determine which teams might be the best in the country.
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK|
|1||Alabama Crimson Tide||0-0||1469||33||1|
|4||Florida State Seminoles||0-0||1325||5||14|
|6||Ohio State Buckeyes||0-0||1224||1||4|
|10||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||0-0||1006||1||11|
|11||Ole Miss Rebels||0-0||718||0||10|
|12||Michigan State Spartans||0-0||710||0||6|
|13||TCU Horned Frogs||0-0||707||0||7|
|21||Oklahoma State Cowboys||0-0||316||0||20|
|22||North Carolina Tar Heels||0-0||283||0||15|
|Others Receiving Votes: Miami 159, Texas A&M 81, Utah 74, Washington St. 68, Boise St. 49, San Diego St. 46, Wisconsin 42, Auburn 22, Pittsburgh 15, Arkansas 14, Texas 12, Nebraska 11, Navy 8, Northwestern 5, W. Kentucky 4, South Florida 2, Toledo 2.|
This is a week that could shape the entire nature of the season. While a loser may not be completely out of the playoff hunt, a big winner instantly gets a stronger foothold.
Some games of serious note to Notre Dame fans this week are:
Kansas State @ Stanford
Oklahoma @ Houston
LSU VS Wisconsin (@ Green Bay)
USC VS Alabama (@ Dallas)
Clemson @ Auburn
Ole Miss VS Florida State (@ Orlando)
Please note that the most overrated team since the Spanish Inquisition, Michigan (now purely a basketball school), plays some very weak sauce in the first three weeks of the season.
You have to wonder though... With so many teams opting to start the season with a tough test (except for Michigan), will the losers of these games be given credit for the game itself? Will they not lose much face if it’s somewhat close? Hopefully the answer is “yes” and we can get more opening weekends like this. Now, what shall we do about week 2?