Power 16: Alabama Remains No. 1, Nebraska & OKST Join Top 10

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Each week Daniel Evans will break down the “Power 16″ in college football, a list of his own personal power rankings. Also check for updated bowl matchups each week.

RANK LW TEAM 2012 RECORD COMMENT
1 1 Alabama Crimson Tide 1-0 Alabama showed the world what it expected to see on Saturday night: A dominating win against a Michigan team not built to stop it. In two weeks, they will be tested against at Arkansas. That one may be a touch closer.
2 2 LSU Tigers 1-0 It was not pretty, but the Tigers ran over North Texas. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger did not live up to the hype in game one, but against Washington he will get a chance to shine on a national stage.
3 3 USC Trojans 1-0 I’m sure USC saw what Northwestern (42 points) was able to do against Syracuse’s defense. Matt Barkley & Co. have to be thinking about scoring video game type points against the Orange.
4 4 Oregon Ducks 1-0 Marcus Mariota flawlessly led Chip Kelly’s offense in a beatdown over Arkansas State. The Ducks had 50 points with plenty of time left to play before halftime. Imagine what they would have scored if they had not called off the dogs.
5 6 Florida State Seminoles 1-0 The ‘Noles play an embarrasing early season schedule because West Virginia pulled out of a primetime type game, but I can’t punish them for beating Murray State 69-3.
6 14 West Virginia Mountaineers 1-0 In West Virginia’s last two games (Clemson, Marshall), the Mountaineers have scored 139 points. Geno Smith looked like a Heisman Trophy candidate on Saturday against the Thundering Herd.
7 13 Arkansas Razorbacks 1-0 The Hogs also get a big bump up the Power 16, because in John L. Smith’s first game as head coach the offense still looked very powerful. The game was against Jacksonville State, but at least Arkansas’ played better than OU, UGA, and S. CAR. Let’s give them credit for that.
8 7 Georgia Bulldogs 1-0 The Bulldogs’ defense has some work to do, but freshman Todd Gurley (three touchdowns) and the offense looks powerful enough to give Georgia a grant chance to win every game on its schedule.
9 NR Nebraska Cornhuskers 1-0 Nebraska gets a huge jump in the rankings for beating a quality opponent in Southern Miss by 29 in its opener. Did anyone see what Taylor Martinez did? 5 touchdowns? Wow.
10 NR Oklahoma State Cowboys 1-0 I didn’t expect to give the Cowboys any credit for a win over Savannah State, but this team showed no signs of slowing down after the losses of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Plus, they won 84-0. How can they not be rewarded for that?
11 12 Michigan State Spartans 1-0 Michigan State’s victory over Boise State was anything but pretty, but give the Spartans credit for grinding out a win against a team that they really received no gain from playing. Running back Le’Veon Bell looked like a Heisman contender.
12 16 Clemson Tigers 1-0 Tahj Boyd and the Tigers picked up a huge victory over Auburn on a neutral field without their most talented player, Sammy Watkins. That has to be a confidence boost for the rest of the season.
13 15 Ohio State Buckeyes 1-0 Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes looked bad in the first quarter, but in the last three Ohio State looked like a team that could win double digit games. Braxton Miller was fantastic on the ground. If he improves his passing ability, he will be one of the toughest guys to slow down in college football.
14 8 South Carolina Gamecocks 1-0 I know that any win in the SEC is a tough one, but South Carolina was very lucky to survive Vanderbilt on Thursday. At times, the Commodores looked like the better team. Credit the Gamecocks for pulling through with an injury to QB Connor Shaw impeding the offense.
15 5 Oklahoma Sooners 1-0 Let me see if I can make this as clear as possible: Oklahoma did not deserve to win at UTEP on Saturday. This team looked unfocused and terrible on offense, but give the Sooners some credit for pulling out a win and making it look worse than it was in the fourth quarter. OU seems to struggle in openers every year.
16 11 Michigan Wolverines 0-1 I expected the Wolverines to be dominated by Alabama and that is exactly what happened. The disturbing part of the game was that Michigan never competed in the game, because it was 21-0 in the first quarter. It’ll be interesting to see how this team bounces back.
About Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans owns CollegeFootballSaturday.com and BracketologyExpert.com. He has a Bachelor's degree from UAB in Journalism, He's written for Touchdown Alabama magazine, NFLMocks.com, and does a weekly sports radio show on Blaze Radio. Evans' bracketology is ranked among the nation's leaders, according to rankings from The Bracket Matrix.

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