With Week One now in the books, it’s time to release our staff rankings that now factor in the weekend that was in college football.
Each of the seven members of the NDT staff (Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Roger Dixon, Scott Bischoff, Jon Ledyard, Benjamin Solak and Jonah Tuls) submitted their individual top-15 rankings that factored into the composite list by averaging them together.
Two things are abundantly clear when comparing this week’s poll to our preseason poll. First, style points matter to our staff. How you win is a major contributing factor as evidence by how things shifted in the poll. Washington, Oklahoma State and Clemson took care of business against team’s they should handle and our staff took notice.
The second takeaway is that injured quarterback’s loom large in our staff’s perception of these teams. The two teams that dropped the furthest were Florida State and Georgia. FSU fell to consensus number one Alabama but the injury to QB Deondre Francois factored heavily into their plummet in the poll. Georgia took care of business against Appalachian State but QB Jacob Eason is out indefinitely with a knee sprain. Both FSU and Georgia slid six spots compared to their previous slot.
*Average rank in parenthesis
- Alabama 1-0 (1) – A win over Florida State certainly isn’t going to cause our number one team to fall. The Tide is again the consensus number one.
- Ohio State 1-0 (2) – The Buckeyes struggled early against Indiana but finished strong. They are talented everywhere but the lackluster play of QB J.T. Barrett makes their ranking fragile.
- Clemson 1-0 (6) – The defending national champs are back in the top-5 after a convincing win over Kent State. So far, so good for Kelly Bryant at quarterback.
- Penn State 1-0 (5) – PSU enters the coveted top-4 (playoff teams) after dominating Akron to the tune of 52-0.
- Southern Cal 1-0 (2) – Our No. 2 team entering the season drops three spots because they were tied with Western Michigan entering the fourth quarter.
- Oklahoma 1-0 (7) – Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield was sharp in his debut, leading the Sooners to a 56-7 victory over UTEP.
- Washington 1-0 (12) – The Huskies took care of Rutgers with strong efforts from Myles Gaskin and Dante Pettis.
- Oklahoma State 1-0 (13) – The Mason Rudolph-to-James Washington connection picked up right where it left off in a dominant win over Tulsa.
- Florida State 0-1 (3) – Not only do the Noles have to rebound from a loss, they must do it without QB Deondre Francois. Adversity came early to Florida State’s season.
- Michigan 1-0 (11) – The Wolverines embarrassed a Florida team without its top running back or wide receiver. Several young players stood out for Michigan but Wilton Speight needs to take care of the football better to keep them in the top-10.
- LSU 1-0 (8) – A shutout win over BYU resulted in the Tigers falling out of the top-10. Evidently our staff needs to be further convinced that Matt Canada has fixed the offense and the defense can survive with uncertainty surrounding Arden Key.
- Wisconsin 1-0 (14) – The Badgers started slow but finished strong against Utah State.
- Louisville 1-0 (10) – Lamar Jackson had a terrific game throwing the football as the Cardinals worked in a slew of new pieces on offense and defense.
- Auburn 1-0 (15) – The Tiger’s had no issues with Georgia State but QB Jarrett Stidham must find his rhythm in the passing game to threaten the top-10.
- Georgia 1-0 (9) – The Bulldogs dropped heavily in our poll despite cruising to a victory over Appalachian State. Led by senior’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the running game will need to carry the offense with QB Jacob Eason sidelined.
Others receiving votes: Stanford, Miami