Week 1 AP Top 25 Poll: Alabama Remains King, Florida Leaps to 12
After an action-packed weekend filled to the brim with college football, the Associated Press released their weekly Top 25. Now, we start to get a better idea of who the best teams in the country are, but we know that today's rankings won't matter in January when the two best teams battle it out for the National Championship.
The SEC went an impressive 13-1 this past weekend, with the only loss coming from LSU's heartbreaker against FSU. LSU lost on a blocked PAT after Jayden Daniels and Jaray Jenkins connected on a 2-yard touchdown pass that put triple zeros on the clock. The SEC leads all conferences with teams in the Top 25 with eight, followed by ACC (5), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (3), Pac-12 (2), Independents (2), and AAC (1).
The biggest riser this week was Florida, who beat Utah (ranked 7th at the time) in a 29-26 thriller in The Swamp. The Gators' jumped to 12th after being unranked in the pre-season poll. The opposite of Florida this week was the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks were destroyed in a 49-3 bloodbath against the Georgia Bulldogs where Auburn transfer Bo Nix "quacked" under pressure by throwing 2 interceptions and completing 56% of his passes.
Alabama is poised to play 4 more ranked teams in their remaining schedule. They will play 6th ranked Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium and 16th ranked Arkansas, 24th ranked Tennessee, and 22nd ranked Ole Miss on the road. Many also expect Alabama to meet #2 Georgia in the SEC championship and possibly the National Championship.
Now, as we kick-off the beginning of the college football season, we start to learn who deserves to be a top 25 team and who doesn't. Some teams who start in the top 25 will be unranked at season's end and vice versa. This is just the beginning of the game they call college football.