NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 1

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

Covers Expert Jesse Schule is back for another season of NCAAF Power Rankings, and to no surprise has Alabama atop the list heading into Week 1. He's ranked teams No. 1-50, and will let the computer run the rankings for the rest of the teams following the first week of college football action.

NCAAF Power Rankings

Week 1 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
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Power Rating Team Comments
1 same 0-0-0
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-25 Alabama
The Crimson Tide were in a class of their own last year, and they bring back eight starters on a defense that ranked first in the nation in 2012. With quarterback A.J. McCarron back to run the offense, Nick Saban's team has a shot of a three-peat.
2 same 0-0-0
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-24.5 Ohio State
The Buckeyes ran the table in 2012, and they return nine starters on offense including Braxton Miller at quarterback. They have some holes to fill on the defensive line, but they have a proven history of recruiting top talent.
3 same 0-0-0
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-24 Oregon
The Ducks lose head coach Chip Kelly, but bring back sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota and most of their core talent on both sides of the ball. Former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich should be able to help this team pick right up where it left off.
4 same 0-0-0
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-23.5 South Carolina
Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks have a lot of swagger in their step as we approach the 2013 season, and for good reason. South Carolina returns five starters on an elite defense that ranked 11th in the nation in 2012.
5 same 0-0-0
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-22 Georgia
The Bulldogs have perhaps the best passing-running options in the nation with Aarron Murray, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. On the defensive side of the ball they have plenty of talent but lack experience.
6 same 0-0-0
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-21.5 Texas A&M
The Aggies were the only team to beat the Crimson Tide last year, and even more impressive is that they did it in Alabama. Until we hear otherwise, it's assumed that Johnny Manziel will start on Opening Day.
7 same 0-0-0
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-20 Stanford
The Cardinal owned one of the fiercest defenses in the country in 2012 and with eight starters returning, it should be more of the same this year.
8 same 0-0-0
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-19.7 Clemson
Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins should make the Tigers offense exciting to watch and very hard to stop.
9 same 0-0-0
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-19.5 Florida
The Gators have some big holes to fill on offense, but as usual they are loaded with talent on the defensive side of the ball. Their biggest concern will be replacing running back Mike Gillislee.
10 same 0-0-0
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-19 Louisiana State
Jeremy Hill is expected to be one of the best running backs in the SEC this year, and the Tigers defense should remain rock solid.
11 same 0-0-0
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-17.5 Florida State
Jimbo Fisher has announced that Jameis Winston will be the starting quarterback for the Seminoles, and he's got some big shoes to fill replacing E.J. Manuel.
12 same 0-0-0
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-17.25 Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater has his sights on the Heisman and the Cardinals are the early favorite to win the AAC.
13 same 0-0-0
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-17 Notre Dame
The Irish went all the way to the national title game last season, only to be blown away by Alabama. It's going to be difficult to match last year's success without Manti Te'o and Everett Golson.
14 same 0-0-0
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-16.5 Texas
Texas brings back nine starters on offense and nine more on defense. Among those are David Ash and Jaxon Shipley. With another year's experience under their belts, the Longhorns could improve on a 9-4 campaign in 2012.
15 same 0-0-0
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-16 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys enjoy an embarrassment of riches at the quarterback position, with Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh. Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy on QBs: "We're gonna play both guys...I don't feel like either one of 'em will be a backup in the first game."
16 same 0-0-0
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-15.5 Oklahoma
If the Sooners are going anywhere this season, they will do it in spite of what Phil Steele says is the second-toughest schedule in the nation.
17 same 0-0-0
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-13.5 Michigan
The Wolverines are hoping to have a more balanced attack with Devin Gardner at quarterback taking over from the one-dimensional Denard Robinson.
18 same 0-0-0
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-12.5 Oregon State
The Beavers jumped out to a fast start last year winning six straight, and they have an easier schedule in 2013. They don't face a ranked opponent until they host Stanford in late October.
19 same 0-0-0
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-12 Southern California
It's easy to see why everyone is down on the Trojans, but they return eight starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that came into 2012 with such lofty expectations. While they have plenty of questions at the quarterback position, Silas Redd and Marqise Lee will give them a pair of potent weapons on offense.
20 same 0-0-0
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-11.75 UCLA
Jim Mora Jr. turned things around at UCLA in 2012, leading the Bruins to nine wins, including a 38-28 victory at home over rivals USC. Brett Hundley showed signs of becoming an elite quarterback last season and he could improve with more experience.
21 same 0-0-0
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-11.5 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 campaign, and they have plenty of concerns on the defensive side of the ball. Quarterback Taylor Martinez leads Nebraska's high-powered offense and they won't have trouble scoring.
22 same 0-0-0
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-11 Wisconsin
The Badgers return all but two starters to a defense that ranked 17th in the nation, allowing fewer than 20 points per game last year. They lose Monte Ball at running back but with James White and Melvin Gordon they shouldn't regress much.
23 same 0-0-0
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-10.75 Texas Christian
Casey Pachall is back at quarterback for the Horned Frogs. He was 4-0 as a starter in 2012 before getting himself into trouble. "Casey is a very talented young man," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. "How he handles everything and does will be an indication of how well we do in the Big 12 Conference."
24 same 0-0-0
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-10.5 Washington
Washington was a force to be reckoned with at home last year, going 5-1 at CenturyLink Field. Steve Sarkisian's team should have a chance to improve on that record this season with nine starters returning on offense.
25 same 0-0-0
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-10 Virginia Tech
The Hokies have a nightmare matchup in Week 1, hosting the defending champion Crimson Tide. Once they get that out of the way, the schedule appears very manageable.
26 same 0-0-0
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-9.75 Cincinnati
27 same 0-0-0
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-9.5 Northwestern
28 same 0-0-0
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-9 Boise State
29 same 0-0-0
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-8.75 Kansas State
30 same 0-0-0
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-8.5 Mississippi State
31 same 0-0-0
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-8.25 Michigan State
32 same 0-0-0
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-8 North Carolina
33 same 0-0-0
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-7.7 Baylor
34 same 0-0-0
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-7.5 Arizona State
35 same 0-0-0
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-7.4 Penn State
36 same 0-0-0
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-7.2 Arizona
37 same 0-0-0
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-7 Fresno State
38 same 0-0-0
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-6.9 Miami
39 same 0-0-0
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-6.7 Northern Illinois
40 same 0-0-0
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-6.5 Georgia Tech
41 same 0-0-0
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-6.3 Brigham Young
42 same 0-0-0
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-6 Utah State
43 same 0-0-0
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-5.5 Kent State
44 same 0-0-0
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-5.5 Vanderbilt
45 same 0-0-0
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-5.3 Tulsa
46 same 0-0-0
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-5 San Jose State
47 same 0-0-0
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-4.7 Central Florida
48 same 0-0-0
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-4.5 Arkansas
49 same 0-0-0
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-4.2 Arkansas State
50 same 0-0-0
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-4 Tennessee
51 same 0-0-0
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0 Auburn
52 same 0-0-0
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0 Missouri
53 same 0-0-0
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0 Duke
54 same 0-0-0
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0 Air Force
55 same 0-0-0
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0 Akron
56 same 0-0-0
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0 Alabama-Birmingham
57 same 0-0-0
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0 Army
58 same 0-0-0
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0 Ball State
59 same 0-0-0
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0 Boston College
60 same 0-0-0
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0 Bowling Green
61 same 0-0-0
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0 Buffalo
62 same 0-0-0
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0 California
63 same 0-0-0
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0 Central Michigan
64 same 0-0-0
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0 Colorado
65 same 0-0-0
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0 Colorado State
66 same 0-0-0
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0 Connecticut
67 same 0-0-0
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0 East Carolina
68 same 0-0-0
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0 Eastern Michigan
69 same 0-0-0
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0 Florida Atlantic
70 same 0-0-0
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0 Florida International
71 same 0-0-0
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0 Georgia State
72 same 0-0-0
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0 Hawaii
73 same 0-0-0
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0 Houston
74 same 0-0-0
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0 Idaho
75 same 0-0-0
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0 Illinois
76 same 0-0-0
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0 Indiana
77 same 0-0-0
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0 Iowa
78 same 0-0-0
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0 Iowa State
79 same 0-0-0
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0 Kansas
80 same 0-0-0
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0 Kentucky
81 same 0-0-0
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0 Louisiana Tech
82 same 0-0-0
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0 Marshall
83 same 0-0-0
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0 Maryland
84 same 0-0-0
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0 Massachusetts
85 same 0-0-0
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0 Memphis
86 same 0-0-0
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0 Miami (Ohio)
87 same 0-0-0
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0 Middle Tennessee
88 same 0-0-0
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0 Minnesota
89 same 0-0-0
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0 Mississippi
90 same 0-0-0
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0 Navy
91 same 0-0-0
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0 Nevada
92 same 0-0-0
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0 New Mexico
93 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 New Mexico State
94 same 0-0-0
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0 North Carolina State
95 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 North Texas
96 same 0-0-0
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0 Ohio
97 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Pittsburgh
98 same 0-0-0
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0 Purdue
99 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Rice
100 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Rutgers
101 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 San Diego State
102 same 0-0-0
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0 South Alabama
103 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 South Florida
104 same 0-0-0
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0 Southern Methodist
105 same 0-0-0
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0 Southern Mississippi
106 same 0-0-0
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0 Syracuse
107 same 0-0-0
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0 Temple
108 same 0-0-0
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0 Texas El Paso
109 same 0-0-0
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0 Texas State
110 same 0-0-0
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0 Texas Tech
111 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Texas-San Antonio
112 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Toledo
113 same 0-0-0
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0 Troy
114 same 0-0-0
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0 Tulane
115 same 0-0-0
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0 UL Lafayette
116 same 0-0-0
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0 UL Monroe
117 same 0-0-0
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0 UNLV
118 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Utah
119 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Virginia
120 same 0-0-0
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0 Wake Forest
121 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Washington State
122 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 West Virginia
123 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Western Kentucky
124 same 0-0-0
(0-0-0)
0 Western Michigan
125 same 0-0-0
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0 Wyoming
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