College Football: Top 10 team rankings after Week 1
New York, New York - With the first week of college football behind us, fans are still buzzing over some pretty jaw-dropping moments and memorable highlights. The blowouts and upsets have also made themselves felt in our top 10 rankings.
The Ohio State v. Notre Dame Week 1 headliner game did not disappoint – although Ohio's offense certainly did.
From the beginning of the matchup down to the final seconds, the Buckeyes could not find their rhythm offensively and failed to deliver as the best offensive team in the nation.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State's leading wide receiver, was sidelined for the majority of the game after suffering an early injury. His absence greatly impacted the lack of the Buckeyes dominant offense, leaving quarterback CJ Struggling to find passes.
Still, the Buckeyes came away with a big win against a top 5-ranked school, keeping them in the running as one of the top 3 best programs in the country.
Meanwhile, Georgia had a phenomenal showing against ranked Oregon on Saturday. The Bulldogs defense picked up where it left off in last year’s national championship game and with quarterback Stetson Bennett leading their offense, they made their mark as title defenders this season.
Taking all that action into account, here's what our team rankings looks like heading into the second week of the season.
2. Georgia (+1)
3. Ohio State (-1)
4. Michigan (+4)
5. Clemson (-1)
6. Texas A&M (+1)
7. Notre Dame (-2)
8. Oklahoma (+1)
Week 1 spotlight: Michigan Wolverines shows up and out
In their opener, Michigan took care of business with a 51-7 win over Colorado State.
Benefitting off of the loses of Notre Dame and Utah, the Wolverines now join the top five best teams including Alabama (1), Georgia (2), Ohio (3) State, and Clemson (5).
With starting quarterback Cade McNamara leading the offense, the Wolverines team running game finished with 234 rushing yards, led by running back Blake Corum with 76 yards on 13 carries.
It's important to note, however, that Michigan offense can look completely different with JJ McCarthy starting at quarterback against Hawaii on September 10.
During the preseason, head coach Jim Harbaugh made the unique decision to start both quarterbacks in the first two games.
Though Hawaii isn't a ranked program expecting to give the Wolverines a tough matchup, McCarthy starting at quarterback will still be a test for the offensive structure.
Week 2 starts on Saturday with the epic showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Alabama, at 12:00 PM EDT.
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