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Poll Problems: Week 1

We take a look at the AP poll each week to see what the voters got right and what they got terribly wrong.

Texas A&M freshman receiver Christian Kirk looked like a star in the making in the Aggies' win over Arizona State.
Texas A&M freshman receiver Christian Kirk looked like a star in the making in the Aggies' win over Arizona State.
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The Pac 12 had a rough go of it this week, and that allowed the SEC to slide two more teams into the rankings and amass an unprecedented 10 teams in the top 25. It's their world, guys. We're just living in it.

1. Ohio State (Last Week: 1)

Buckeye miscues allowed Virginia Tech to hang around and lead at the half, but Ohio State was dominant in the second half after Michael Brewer went down for the Hokies. Braxton Miller returned with a vengeance in this one.

2. Alabama (Last Week: 3)

The Tide deseveredly jump a spot after dismantling Wisconsin, and Derrick Henry jumped into the early Heisman conversation. If Jake Coker continues to handle the quarterback position effectively, this team is as good as any.

3. TCU (Last Week: 2)

It's hard to fault voters for taking the Frogs down a peg after an underwhelming win at Minnesota, but that's a tougher game than people give it credit for. They are still a no-doubt top-5 team though and should get that high-powered offense back on track against Stephen F. Austin this week

4. Baylor (Last Week: 4)

Baylor ran away from Chad Morris and the boys after a tit-for-tat first quarter, and its murderous early-season schedule continues with Lamar this week. It wouldn't be a surprise to see them go for 70.

5. Michigan State (Last Week: 5)

It's hard to say that Sparty looked like top-5 team as it let Western Michigan creep back to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but they will have a chance to prove themselves when Oregon comes calling Saturday night.

6. Auburn (Last Week: 6)

I guess we can put any Heisman talk concerning Jeremy Johnson to bed for now as the junior quarterback threw three interceptions and mustered just 137 passing yards in Auburn's win over Louisville. The defense looked stout for much of the game, however, and could help the Tigers hang around the top 5 while Johnson tries to find his groove.

7. Oregon (Last Week: 7)

Oregon's offense certainly looked good with Vernon Adams, but it has to be a bit disconcerting that it allowed 42 points to an Eastern Washington team that no longer has Vernon Adams (and may not be too fond of it's former quarterback, to boot). Shout out to the Eastern Washington kid that went for 246 receiving yards. The Ducks now hit the road against Michigan State for the biggest game of the week.

8. USC (Last Week: 8)

A ho-hum win over Arkansas State doesn't shed much light on the Trojans, and we won't know much more until they face Stanford in two weeks - although that doesn't exactly look threatening now.

9. Notre Dame (Last Week: 11)

The Irish logged one of the more convincing wins of the opening week, although you could argue their beat-down of Texas isn't all that more impressive than Florida State's beat-down of Texas State. Notre Dame has a statement opportunity against Georgia Tech in two weeks, but it shouldn't look past Virginia, as I still don't think the Irish are as unbeatable as people are starting to think.

10. Georgia (Last Week: 9)

If I were a Georgia fan, I would still be horrified that Greyson Lambert is my starting quarterback. The Bulldogs are not a top-10 team with that caliber of player under center, even with Nick Chubb accompanying him in the backfield.

11. Florida State (Last Week: 10)

There was no reason to think Everett Golson's love for the turnover would show up against against lowly Texas State, and you can expect him to continue to build steam before a three-game October stretch of Miami, Louisville and Georgia Tech.

12. Clemson (Last Week: 12)

Losing Mike Williams will be a tough blow for the Tigers, but hopefully a deep receiving corps can pick up some of the slack to help Deshaun Watson. Clemson was effective offensively Week 1, and the retooled defense performed better than most expected.

13. UCLA (Last Week: 13)

True freshman quarterback Josh Rosen was great in his first start, although the Pac 12 grind will presumably offer tougher tests than ACC bottom-dweller Virginia.

14. LSU (Last Week: 14)

LSU's game against McNeese State was cancelled due to inclement weather, so the Tigers now travel to Mississippi State without a warm-up game under their belt.

15. Georgia Tech (Last Week: 16)

It's hard to glean much from a win over Alcorn State, but the Jackets did post an impressive 9.2 yards per carry as a team while racking up nearly 500 yards on the ground. They'll get another blowout win this week against Tulane before facing Notre Dame on the road in a top-15 matchup.

16. Texas A&M (Last Week: NR)

The Aggies pulled away from Arizona State to notch arguably the best win of the opening weekend and looked good doing it. Quarterback Kyle Allen has an incredible group of receivers to work with, but as good as he is, freshman Kyler Murray may steal away some of his playing time because LOOK AT THAT GUY RUN! We have to be wary about vaulting A&M up the rankings after a dominant season-opening win (see: 2014), but Arizona State was expected to be very good and couldn't hang with the Aggies.

17. Ole Miss (Last Week: 17)

Swag and the boys put the hurt on Tennessee-Martin and shouldn't have much trouble with Fresno State in game number two. The week after, however, holds a primetime road trip to Alabama. After watching the Tide last Saturday, good luck with that.

18. Arkansas (Last Week: 18)

Still overrated to me, but at least the Razorbacks made quick work of inferior UTEP. They have a couple more games to season that defense before traveling to Texas A&M to face a dynamic offensive unit.

19. Oklahoma (Last Week: 19)

Oklahoma predictably handled Akron with new quarterback Baker Mayfield slinging the ball all over the place, but the Sooners face a much stiffer test Saturday night at Tennessee. That game will shed some light on whether they are actually ready to compete with the Big XII's top two.

20. Boise State (Last Week: 23)

As we posited last week, the offense appears to be a work in progress for the Broncos, but the defense looks pretty sporty. They held off former coach Chris Petersen's Washington squad 16-13 when the Huskies' last-minute 46-yard field goal attempt went begging. Boise heads down to BYU this week to face a Cougars team that lost its star quarterback but is coming off quite the emotional high.

21. Missouri (Last Week: 24)

Still not sold on Missouri, but it's not crazy to think the Tigers could be 6-0 when they head to Georgia on Oct. 17 after a run of mediocre SEC East opponents.

22. Arizona (Last Week: 22)

The Wildcats managed a 10-point win in a strange game where they were outgained by UT-San Antonio 525 to 392 in total yardage, losing All-American linebacker Scooby Wright for the next few weeks in the process. Not sure what to think about Arizona after all that, but we'll give them a chance on the road at Nevada to ease the concerns brought about by the opening game.

23. Tennessee (Last Week: 25)

I'm still high on the Vols' potential, but giving up 557 yards against Bowling Green? Yikes. You'll have to be a lot better than that when Mayfield, Samaje Perine and the Sooners head to Knoxville this weekend.

24. Utah (Last Week: NR)

Obviously I'm the only person who isn't impressed with a 7-point home win over Michigan. I know you have to rank somebody, but come on now. Oh, wait, I forgot ... PAC 12 BAYBAY!

25. Mississippi State (Last Week: NR)

And we cap the new poll with the tenth SEC team. The Bulldogs only beat dreadful Southern Miss 34-16, but they were 26th last week so, ya know ... move 'em on up!