College football polls: Updated AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 1

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One week was all it took not only for this season’s biggest storylines to emerge, but also to see who the contenders and pretenders are for the 2021 College Football Playoff.

As always, that starts with Alabama, which looked every bit the No. 1 team in the nation after demolishing No. 14 Miami 44-13. First-time starting quarterback Bryce Young showed no significant dropoff from Mac Jones in his debut, and the defense looked better than it has in years. But the Crimson Tide aren’t the only powerful team this year.

No team scored a more impressive resume-building win than Georgia, which, ranked No. 5 at the time, downed No. 3 Clemson in a neutral-site game in Charlotte. The Bulldogs didn’t get much done against the Tigers offensively, but their defense — which sacked D.J. Uiagalelei seven times and scored the game’s only touchdown on an interception return — was all Georgia needed to secure a 10-3 victory.

BENDER: Week 1 takeaways, from Bryce Young to Texas

Week 1 wasn’t entirely kind to college football’s preseason ranked teams. No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 7 Iowa State and No. 11 Oregon all suffered significant scares against vastly inferior opponents in Tulane, Northern Iowa and Fresno State, respectively; Heisman contender Sam Howell couldn’t stop Virginia Tech from upsetting No. 10 North Carolina on the road; Chip Kelly got perhaps the biggest win of his UCLA career by downing No. 16 LSU; and No. 10 Washington lost a shocker to FCS opponent Montana.

Here’s how Week 1 of college football action affected the AP Top 25 and Coaches polls heading into Week 2 of the season:

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College football rankings for Week 2

AP Top 25

Rank Team Points (No. 1 votes)
1 Alabama 1,571 (59)
2 Georgia 1,507 (4)
3 Ohio State 1,437
4 Oklahoma 1,374
5 Texas A&M 1,288
6 Clemson 1,231
7 Cincinnati 1,136
8 Notre Dame 1,070
9 Iowa State 1,045
10 Iowa 942
11 Penn State 908
12 Oregon 883
13 Florida 842
14 USC 789
15 Texas 683
16 UCLA 668
17 Coastal Carolina 384
18 Wisconsin 376
19 Virginia Tech  
20 Ole Miss 335
21 Utah 334
22 Miami 229
23 Arizona State 222
24 North Carolina 198
25 Auburn 83

Others receiving votes: TCU, NC State, UCF, Liberty, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Nevada, BYU, Boston College, Northwestern, Boise State, Ball State, Houston, UAB, West Virginia, Army

 



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