NCAAF Power Rankings: Week 1

By Jesse Schule - Covers Expert

Florida State is the sexy pick to repeat as national champs, but let's not forget that they came just seconds away from losing to Auburn in last year's BCS Title Game. Our preseason rankings have a familiar face in the No. 1 slot, with the Crimson Tide slated as the team to beat.

NCAAF Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
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Power Rating Team Comments
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-25 Alabama
The Tide rolled through their first 11 games of 2013, only to fall victim to a comedy of errors in their last game of the season on the road versus Auburn. While they have to replace A.J. McCarron, their defense and running game will once again be a strength.
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-24.5 Oregon
Marcus Mariota returns at quarterback for the Ducks, and as long as he can stay healthy, Oregon should have one of the top offenses in the country. Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner also give the Ducks a powerful one-two punch at running back.
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-24 Florida State
The Noles appear to be destined to defend their title in the playoffs, but after seeing them struggle against Auburn, you have to wonder if they have what it takes to compete with the elite teams from the SEC.
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-23.5 Michigan State
The Spartans will be clear favorites to win the Big Ten after Ohio State announced that they have lost starting quarterback Braxton Miller. The Spartans defense should be one of the best in the country again in 2014, and Connor Cook finished last season with a career best 332 passing yards in an upset win over Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
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-22 Oklahoma
After upsetting Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, expectations are high for Trevor Night and the Sooners in 2014. Knight set a Sugar Bowl record completing 32 passes for 348 yards and four TDs.
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-21.5 Georgia
The Bulldogs still managed to win eight games in 2013, despite being decimated by injuries to their starting quarterback, running back and a pair of top receivers. If they can stay healthy in 2013, they could be a threat to win the SEC.
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-20 South Carolina
Steve Spurrier will trust his offense to Dylan Thompson, who replaces Connor Shaw at quarterback. Thompson has been solid, but not spectacular in the backup role over the last few seasons, but he will have all the tools in place to have a breakout year.
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-19.5 Stanford
The Cardinal have beat out Oregon for the Pac-12 Championship two years in a row and Kevin Hogan will have a potent corps of receivers, most notably Ty Montgomery who had 61 catches for 958 yards and 10 TDs in 2013.
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-19 Wisconsin
The Badgers are another Big Ten team that could benefit from Ohio State losing Braxton Miller. They open the season against LSU, but once they get that out of the way, the schedule is loaded with cupcakes.
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-18.5 UCLA
Brett Hundley returns at quarterback, and he comes in with lofty expectations, with many pundits pegging him as a Heisman finalist. He'll get some help from Myles Jack, who has proved to be a dangerous weapon on both sides of the ball.
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-18 Auburn
How on earth can you rank the Tigers outside the Top 10 after they won the SEC and came so close to winning the national title last year? I think Kirk Herbstreit said it best: "It seemed like every bounce went their way last year, and it's tough to count on that two years in a row".
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-17.5 Baylor
The Bears were the highest scoring team in college football in 2013, and Bryce Petty should keep the offense clicking again this season. They only return four starters on defense though, and the secondary looks like a big question mark.
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-17 Louisiana State
The Tigers return a dozen starters from last yearÂ’s 10-3 team and have one of the better offensive lines in the SEC. The offense might struggle though, losing Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
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-16 Southern California
With new head coach Steve Sarkisian, the expectations are high in Southern California. Look for wideout Nelson Agholor to put up big numbers on offense.
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-15.5 Clemson
It's going to be tough for the Tigers to repeat last season's 11-2 campaign after losing Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. They still have a strong recruiting class and plenty of talent remaining on both sides of the ball.
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-15 Mississippi
Bo Wallace could improve on a solid 2013 campaign with a pair of dangerous targets in Laquon Treadwell and tight end Evan Engram. Led by AP All-American safety Cody Prewitt, the Rebels should hold their own against the SEC's best passing offenses.
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-14.5 Notre Dame
Everett Golson is back with the Irish this season, but Malik Zaire is expected to push him for the starting job at some point. Either way, the offense should be a lot better in 2014.
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-14 Kansas State
The Wildcats held their own in the tough Big-12 conference last season, and with Jake Waters returning at quarterback, along with his top target Tyler Lockett, expect them to be in the hunt for the conference title in 2014.
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-13.5 Arizona State
While the offense is in good shape with Taylor Kelly returning at quarterback, the defense has the daunting task of replacing 11 starters.
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-13 Ohio State
The bad news is that they lost Braxton Miller for the season with a shoulder injury, the good news is that the schedule is loaded with cupcakes, and the Buckeyes did win all five games that Miller missed in 2013.
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-12.5 Texas A&M
The Aggies will need their defense to be better as they adjust to life after Johnny Football. The good news is that they return 10 starters, and depth is a strength on the defensive side of the ball.
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-12 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers have one of the best rushers in the nation in Ameer Abdullah, and the defense should be much better than it was in 2013 with DE Randy Gregory primed for a big year.
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-11.5 Missouri
The Tigers won 12 games last year, and went 7-1 in conference play. They lose several key starters on defense, but Markus Golden and Shane Ray return after combining for 11 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss as backups last year.
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-11 Washington
The Huskies will replace Steve Sarkisian with Chris Peterson who comes over from Boise State. While he'll have some question marks at quarterback, defense and a strong running game should continue to be a strength for Washington.
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-10.5 Oklahoma State
The Cowboys are capable of being one of the best teams in the Big-12, but their biggest enemy heading into the 2014 season is a brutal schedule that begins with Florida State in Week 1.
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0 North Carolina
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0 Texas
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0 Colorado
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0 Colorado State
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0 Connecticut
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0 Duke
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0 East Carolina
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0 Florida
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0 Florida Atlantic
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0 Florida International
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0 Fresno State
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0 Georgia Southern
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0 Georgia State
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0 Georgia Tech
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0 Hawaii
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0 Houston
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0 Idaho
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0 Illinois
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0 Indiana
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0 Iowa
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0 Iowa State
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0 Kansas
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0 Kent State
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0 Kentucky
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0 Louisiana Tech
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0 Louisville
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0 Marshall
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0 Maryland
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0 Massachusetts
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0 Memphis
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0 Miami
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0 Miami (Ohio)
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0 Michigan
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0 Oregon State
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0 Pittsburgh
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0 Texas State
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0 Texas Tech
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0 Texas-San Antonio
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0 Troy
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0 Utah
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