Ohio State tops SI.com's college football power rankings after Week 1.

By Colin Becht
September 08, 2015

Week 1 always poses a unique challenge to assessments of any team. Whether it looked good or bad, how much was a team's debut performance due to its own abilities and how much was due to its opponent's. This is why the College Football Playoff committee doesn't begin ranking teams until the middle of the season, when seven or eight games offer a larger sample size on which to evaluate teams' strengths and weaknesses.

But what's a Week 1 Power Ranker to do? Some results appeared to suggest more than others. Alabama's methodic steamroll of Wisconsin seems like pretty solid evidence that the Crimson Tide are among the top teams in the country. Other results are more muddled. Is TCU's narrow-but-never-seriously-in-doubt victory over Minnesota proof that the Horned Frogs are vulnerable this year? Or that Minnesota is a contender in the Big Ten? For now, we mostly have to hedge, assuming the answer is somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum. Only more games will tell if that assumption is correct.

1
Ohio State Buckeyes
1
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Hawaii
2
Alabama Crimson Tide
5
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee
3
Baylor Bears
6
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Lamar
4
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
4
1–0
Next game: Saturday at Virginia
5
UCLA Bruins
14
1–0
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6
Michigan State spartans
7
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Oregon
7
TCU Horned Frogs
3
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin
8
Auburn Tigers
2
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Jacksonville State
9
Georgia Bulldogs
11
1–0
Next game: Saturday at Vanderbilt
10
Oregon Ducks
10
1–0
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11
USC Trojans
8
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Idaho
12
Ole Miss Rebels
13
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Fresno State
13
Clemson Tigers
12
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Appalachian State
14
Florida State Seminoles
9
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. South Florida
15
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
19
1–0
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16
Oklahoma Sooners
21
1–0
Next game: Saturday at Tennessee
17
Texas A&M Aggies
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Ball State
18
Arkansas Razorbacks
22
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Toledo
19
LSU Tigers
23
0–0
Next game: Saturday at Mississippi State
20
Missouri Tigers
20
1–0
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21
Arizona Wildcats
15
1–0
Next game: Saturday at Nevada
22
Boise State Broncos
16
1–0
Next game: Saturday at BYU
23
Utah Utes
1–0
Next game: Friday vs. Utah State
24
Tennessee Volunteers
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Oklahoma
25
Oklahoma State cowboys
1–0
Next game: Saturday vs. Central Arkansas

Next five: BYU, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arizona State, Cincinnati

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