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By Martin Rickman
September 02, 2014

After Wisconsin’s 28-24 loss to LSU on Saturday, Badgers head coach Gary Andersen was asked why running back Melvin Gordon received just two carries after halftime. “I don’t know,” Andersen responded. Those three words were immortalized by character Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn) in the film Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Spicoli’s teacher writes it on the board: “I Don’t Know.”

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So, I have to give Spicoli -- and Andersen -- credit for inspiring the intro to my Power Rankings. Why did Florida State look so sluggish against Oklahoma State? I don’t know. How did Alabama move the ball so easily against West Virginia and only win by 10 points? I don’t know. What happened to Clemson’s defense against Georgia? I don’t -- scratch that. I do know that one. Todd Gurley happened.

The Top 25 will look vastly different a few weeks from now. The season is dark and full of terrors. But the unknown is also what makes the early weeks so special.

1
1Florida State Seminoles
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Citadel

2
2Oregon Ducks
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Michigan State

3
3Michigan State Spartans
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at Oregon

4
4Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic

5
5Oklahoma Sooners
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at Tulsa

6
6Auburn Tigers
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. San Jose State

7
7Georgia Bulldogs
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Sept. 13 at South Carolina

8
8Stanford Cardinal
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. USC

9
9Baylor Bears
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Northwestern State

10
10UCLA Bruins
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Memphis

11
11Ohio State Buckeyes
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech

12
12LSU Tigers
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Sam Houston State

13
13USC Trojans
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at Stanford

14
14Texas A&M Aggies
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Lamar

15
15Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Michigan

16
16Arizona State Sun Devils
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at New Mexico

17
17Ole Miss Rebels
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at Vanderbilt

18
18Kansas State Wildcats
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at Iowa State

19
19Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. McNeese State

20
20Wisconsin Badgers
last week: N/A
record: 0-1

Next game: Saturday vs. Western Illinois

21
21South Carolina Gamecocks
last week: N/A
record: 0-1

Next game: Saturday vs. East Carolina

22
22Missouri Tigers
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday at Toledo

23
23Clemson Tigers
last week: N/A
record: 0-1

Next game: Saturday vs. South Carolina State

24
24North Carolina Tar Heels
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. San Diego State

25
25Penn State Nittany Lions
last week: N/A
record: 1-0

Next game: Saturday vs. Akron

Next five: Oklahoma State, Texas, Michigan, Mississippi State, BYU

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