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The Best D@mn College Football Power Rankings: Week 1



Only a handful of games in week 1… or week 0… apparently that’s what it was.  Leave it to the internet to even complicate the d@mn schedule.  Nothing complicated here.  Scroll down to see where your team landed this week  We broke down those few games, but with most tams starting next week, not a lot to talk about this week… so we looked to next week.  Under your team you’ll find a bow with next week’s game.  Can’t miss it.  Click to see the preview and pick for next weeks game.  Simple.  Because Football.

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1. Alabama

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2. Iowa State

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#3 Clemson

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#4 Ohio State

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#5 Texas A&M

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#6 Oklahoma

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#7 Georgia

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#8 Washington

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#9 North Carolina

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#10 NC State

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#11 Cincinnati

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#12 Wisconsin

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#13 Arizona State

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#14 Oregon

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#15 Notre Dame

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#16 Iowa

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#17 USC

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#18 Coastal Carolina

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#19 LSU

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#20 Florida

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#21 Oklahoma State

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#22 Liberty

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#23 Louisiana

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#24 Northwestern

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#25 Ole Miss

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#26 Texas

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#27 Minnesota

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#28 Miami

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#29 UCF

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#30 Kentucky

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31. Utah

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32. Army

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33. Boston College

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34. Missouri

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35. UAB

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36. BYU

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37. SMU

38. Houston

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39. Wake Forest

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40. Indiana

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41. Mississippi State

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42. Appalachian State

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43. San Jose State

Beat Soithern Utah 45-14

The Spartans appear to have picked up where they left off in 2020. The were just dominant enough against an inferior team to make you think this week’s game with USC could get interesting.

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44. Boise State

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45. Texas Tech

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46. Auburn

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47. Stanford

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48. West Virginia

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49. Penn State

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50. Virginia

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51. TCU

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52. Arkansas

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53. UCLA

Beat Hawaii 44-10

It’s hard to gauge much from watching the Bruins slap Hawaii around.  They obviously have some weapons on O.  Not sure if it’s enough to keep up with the Pac-12’s big dogs this year, but they’ll do some damage.  UCLA looked like what they’re supposed to be… A pretty good football team. We’ll find out just how good next week with LSU coming to town.

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54. Baylor

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55. Toledo

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56. Cal

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57. Western Michigan

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58. Southern Miss

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59. Ball State

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60. Nevada

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61. UTSA

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62. FAU

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63. Fresno State

Beat UConn 45-0

First thing’s first… that field is amazing.  Yeah, the end zone is a Tennessee rip-off, but it looks cool.  And there’s a 60 foot bulldog at the 50  That’s outstanding.  As were the Bulldogs against the Huskies.  It did take them a while to get moving, and it was against a painfully bad team.  But it’s hard to complain at 45-0.

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64. Michigan

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65. Louisville

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66. Pitt

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67. Michigan State

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68. Virginia Tech

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69. South Carolina

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70. Kansas State

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71. Maryland

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72. Western Kentucky

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73. Wyoming

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74. Washington State

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75. Illinois

Beat Nebraska 30-22

It was a nice win, but I’m thinking it’s hard to be optimistic based on it.  The Illini were almost comically bad in the first half.  What success they had in D in the first half was far more due to Nebraska playing bad football than it was anything Illinois did.  The offense did show some flair and resilience in the second half, and the backup QB actually looked really good for the most part.  But again… the ‘Huskers handed this game over in every imaginable way.  There’’s a good chance this team gets knocked off by UTSA next week.

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76. Air Force

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77. Nebraska

Lost to Illinois 30-22

Where to start?  The ‘Huskers were playing a bad team… with a QB who’s been there since what… 1998?  A team that lost it’s own starting QB… a team that was completely inept at times, including most of the first half.. And… yeah.  The question isn’t “How did Nebraska lose to this team?” It’s “How is it possible to trail a team like this by 3 TDs?”  Every aspect of the game was bad.  I mean, what happened to the D in the second half?  They made the Illini look like ‘Bama.  It’s official now.  Nebraska isn’t just irrelevant now, they’re irrelevant and bad.

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78. Tennessee

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79. Georgia Tech

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80. Buffalo

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81. Kent State

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82. Hawaii

Lost to UCLA 44-10

There was a lot of talk about Hawaii’s D coming into 2021.  It was hard to see why here.  No, these aren’t teams in the same category, but they really looked helpless out there.  More a reflection of the growing gap in talent between the Group of 5 schools and the little guys.

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83. Ohio

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84. Arkansas State

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85. Navy

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86. Georgia Southern

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87. Marshall

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88. San Diego State

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89. Georgia State

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90. Troy

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91. Purdue

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92. Louisiana Tech

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93. Rutgers

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94. Florida State

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95. Tulsa

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96. Colorado

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97. Utah State

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98. UTEP

Beat NM State 30-3

The Miners played a solid game all around, and after next week they’ll actually have a winning streak going. It won’t stay like thi, but you can see that UTEP ins’t a joke any more.

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99. Eastern Michigan

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100. Miami

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101. Memphis

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102. Duke

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103. Vanderbilt

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104. Oregon State

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105. Tulane

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106. Syracuse

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107. Texas State

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108. South Alabama

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109. FIU

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110. USF

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111. Central Michigan

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112. Arizona

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113. ULM

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114. Middle Tennessee

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115. Colorado State

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116. East Carolina

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117. Akron

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118. Northern Illinois

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119. New Mexico

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120. Rice

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121. North Texas

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122. UNLV

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123. Kansas

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124. Charlotte

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125. Temple

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126. New Mexico State

Lost to UTEP 30-3

Guy walks into a bar with his dog; a New Mexico State football game is on the TV.  (Play along, I’m sure someone watches them)  The Aggies kisk a FG and the dog snaps.  Jumps up and the bar, moonwalks, does a shot. The bartender, stunned, says “That’s incredible! What does he do if they score a TD??”  “Don’t know” the guy says.  “Only had him 4 years.

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127. Old Dominion

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128. UConn

Lost to Fresno State 45-0

You have to look really hard to find them, but there were positives.  The Huskies actually played genuinely good football for almost all of the first quarter.  They got a turnover.  And… well, that’s about it.  By the middle of the second quarter I found myself wondering if Alabama or Ohio State would score 100 against UConn.

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129. Bowling Green

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130. UMass

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