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1: Auburn: Former almost-gubernatorial candidates Charles Barkley and Tommy Tuberville approve this message.
2: Ohio State (1-0): True frosh running back J.K. Dobbins goes huge in opener and joins J.T. Barrett as one of Buckeyes' most impressive initial responders.
3: USC: “Traveler” could have also been named after every NBA guard who has dribbled a basketball in the ESPN era.
4: Alabama: “My name is Nick,” coach stood up and said on first night of successful off-season rehab at One-Loss Anonymous.
5: Florida State: Seeking to become second ACC team to defeat Alabama since Tide last played an SEC team.
6: Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley blushes as mom pins name on shirt for first day of Head Coaching School.
7: Washington: Rutgers grad Chris Christie closes public beach Friday to all visiting Huskies.
8: Penn State: Akron opens as huge football underdog but favored by three (seconds) in Soap Box Derby
9: Clemson: Beat writer for “Head & Shoulders” predicts Tigers will lather, rinse but not repeat.
10: Georgia: Uga saw his shadow this week meaning four more months of unfulfilled expectations.
11: Wisconsin: Forget football. Take a bow for sending out J.J. Watt to become 2017's Global Humanitarian of the Year.
12: Oklahoma State (1-0): Gundy celebrated 50th birthday and Thursday win over Tulsa by taking his mullet out for dinner and a movie.
13: LSU: Game shift to New Orleans lands BYU lodging in quiet little place on Bourbon Street.
14: Michigan: School caves to FOIA request and releases roster with Fritz Crisler as coach and T. Harmon at halfback.
15: Oregon: Several fans kept eclipse sunglasses from Aug. 21 to use for staring directly into team’s uniforms.
16: UCLA\Notre Dame: Olsen twins look to turn around 4-8 seasons in which they both lost to USC & Stanford.
First four out
Stanford: Larry Scott’s leading export now 2-0 in foreign lands unless you count wins in Pullman.
USF: Great win for Dons in San Jose, we guess, because no school based in CENTRAL Fla. would consider stealing "USF" from rightful owner?
Hawaii: Impressive trip to Massachusetts amounted to most hours ever taken to win a game against Minutemen.
Washington State: Leach is 0-5 in home openers at school but is the leading Twitter expert on “sovereign immunity” laws in Texas.
Next four NEVER
Rice: The Owls proudly announced this week a future home-and-home debate team series against Stanford.
Oregon State: Beavers allowed an astonishing 4,982 yards at Fort Collins. Wait, sorry, that’s the elevation.
San Jose State: Never has team that drew 13,337 for home opener ever been so aptly nicknamed.
Massachusetts: Consecutive losses to Hawaii separated by NCAA-record four different time zones (Alaska, Pacific, Mountain, Central).[/membership]