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Poll: Who you got at No. 1 after Week 1?

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Following victories by No. 24 West Virginia and No. 8 Texas A&M on Sunday, the ranked teams have officially put the first weekend of the 2011 season to bed.  And, as expected, there were more than a couple of “upsets” involving schools sitting inside the preseason Top 25.

Arguably the biggest upset didn’t even play out on the first full day of the season, with No. 14 TCU falling to Baylor in Friday night’s thriller.  Only one other ranked team fell to an unranked opponent, with No. 16 Notre Dame swiftly dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten thanks to the weather-delayed loss to USF.

As far as ranked-on-ranked crime goes, No. 4 LSU treated No. 3 Oregon like it was an early Friday morning at an off-campus bar, stepping on the Ducks’ throats and not easing up until the scoreboard read 40-27 — a score, incidentally, that wasn’t even remotely indicative of LSU’s dominance.  While the Tigers were dishing out a good old-fashioned woodshedding, No. 18 Georgia was on the receiving end of one courtesy of No. 5 Boise State, with the Broncos clearly outclassing the Bulldogs 35-21.

As for the remainder of the Top 10, No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Stanford, No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Nebraska all won their openers and won them impressively.  How impressively?  The combined score of those six games was 287-65.

So, with that out of the way, the question becomes: who ya got?  Let your vote be heard below.

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23 Responses to “Poll: Who you got at No. 1 after Week 1?”
  1. majorseahawk says: Sep 4, 2011 12:55 AM

    What happened to the SEC being bigger, stronger, faster, and better than Boise? Guess that myth has been dispelled. Boise is the best team in the nation right now.

  2. sportsinhd says: Sep 4, 2011 12:58 AM

    The only fair answer right now is Boise State or LSU. The rest of the Top Ten chose to play the Little Sisters of the Poor. Is Alabama a good team? Probably, but they didn’t prove it by playing a cupcake this afternoon.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:08 AM

    I voted for LSU, but with 4 Oregon turnovers it should be Boise State. The other top teams predictably whipped the sisters of the poor. Akron, Tulsa, Kent St., etc. Give me a break.

  4. TxGrown says: Sep 4, 2011 1:21 AM

    majorseahawk says: Sep 4, 2011 12:55 AM

    What happened to the SEC being bigger, stronger, faster, and better than Boise? Guess that myth has been dispelled. Boise is the best team in the nation right now.
    Sorry son….LSU would have destroyed them had they played each other tonight. Man-o-man I’m gonna have to hear this Boise argument all year long…my son is a Boise grad.

  5. olskool711 says: Sep 4, 2011 1:28 AM

    “Would have.”

    The battle cry of the SEC — even when they get punched in the mouth. “Would have if only.”

    Wake up hillbilly.

    You have been talkin, talkin, talkin. Tonight you had to play. Lucky it wasn’t 42-14.

    Son, your big fat, fast athletes aren’t smart and they aren’t that good of football players. Last time Boise played Oregon in Oregon they put a bigger whoopin on them than LSU.

    Wake up hillbilly.

  6. TxGrown says: Sep 4, 2011 2:07 AM

    @olskool711 says:….
    I suppose your “would have” comments were meant for me. Hillbilly? Shucks no not a hillbilly they don’t take a likin’ much to city folk. I doubt “son” would be accurate as well. I am a 57 year old mexican guy in Austin Tx. Been watching football since the mid sixties. Now I know my comments burn your frijoles but….LSU WOULD HAVE DESTROYED THE BRONCOS TONITE. I know football and I know the Broncos, more than I want to…trust me on this….SON.

  7. etoharin78 says: Sep 4, 2011 6:33 AM

    IMHO preseason rankings must die. Wait at least until after the first week has given some reason/proof for someone to be “#1”. Has there been one single year where a preseason top 10 hasn’t fallen from grace?

  8. jg1970 says: Sep 4, 2011 7:46 AM

    Pre-season ranking are the Devil! Usually by October most teams have established who they are and “they are who we thought they were!”
    Look no further than South Bend for proof that rankings are complete drivel until they play the games.

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2011 8:09 AM

    fiesty1: They weren’t turnovers, they were “take-aways.”

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2011 1:43 PM

    jg1970: You have a good sense of humor but you are correct as well. I am going to pass your posting on the returning folks from south Lousiana who evacuated to Arlington for the LSU — Oregon game and prepared a great tailgate for the Ducks and Tigers alike.

    My father and uncle are big Notre Dame fans and are depressed today. I know many Notre Dame alums (older generation) and long time fans. They have or are switching allegiances because of the ineptitude of Notre Dame coaches, athletic directors or other personnel to properly manage and direct that program toward excellence.

  11. polegojim says: Sep 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    Alabama is #1 and LSU will give them a run for their money.

    OU will sink, two losses minimum – one to A&M.

    Watch for these free-falls:
    Notre Dame (I’ve been saying this since JULY)
    Florida State
    Texas (back to back losses wks 5, 6 and will lose to either Kansas or Kansas St)

    Nebraska will climb.

    Wisconsin will only lose two.

  12. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 3:17 PM

    I’m an Alabama diehard, but let’s be real. Most of the top 10 played opening-week gimmes. LSU, a badly wounded #3, crawled through a tropical storm to play away against a healthy #4 runner-up to last year’s championship … and beat the ever-loving snot out of them. Does this even require discussion? They’ve earned the top spot … for now.

    Don’t know whether I’m more embarrassed by Georgia’s performance–in Georgia–or that an SEC team agreed to wear the latest submission by a group of Project Runway contestants. I’d assume that was the losing garment if I hadn’t seen the Ducks’ getup. Uniform manufacturers don’t dictate to their customers. It’s supposed to be the other way around. This isn’t arena ball–or a Halloween costume party.

    I congratulate Boise State on a resounding victory against a team that should have played a better game. But don’t puff out your chests as though you beat LSU or Alabama in a championship game. Georgia isn’t the elite of the SEC by a long shot.

  13. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 3:18 PM

    Oh … big congrats to those USF Bulls. Happy days for one of the family alma maters. And it’s always nice to see Notre Dame disappointed :)

  14. robertopicadillo says: Sep 4, 2011 3:32 PM

    lsu definitely deserves #1 spot after dominating oregon without its starting qb. and for all those boise state jock pullers they would just be a regular 8-5 team in the sec. im not even a sec fan. yes they are good but stop it already. GO NOLES!!

  15. soonerfan12 says: Sep 4, 2011 4:29 PM

    OU was #1 before week one, and OU will be #1 next week. oh yeah and f**k Boise state.

  16. marjax says: Sep 4, 2011 4:56 PM

    lmao. All you people clamoring for Boise State to be #1 are just ridiculous. Oh, Oklahoma and Alabama didn’t play any tough competition, and don’t deserve to be at the top of the polls.

    Yet after week 1, you’re going to be saying that playing a weak schedule shouldn’t keep Boise State ranked lower.

    Make up your minds. A logical argument can be your friend, if you’d just use your brain.

  17. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 4, 2011 7:02 PM

    @ thefiesty1- idiot, LSU caused the turnovers…now, give the laptop back to your mom and go do your homework….

  18. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2011 8:46 PM

    Deb: I feel compeled to help southernpatriots on CFT while they are out of touch. Thank you for the support (albeit temporary, we understand) for LSU, but we DON’T WANT the #1 spot. Many reasons for this that southernpatriots detailed in previous postings, but keep OK #1 or put in someone else that at least will eventually play quality opponents. We don’t want the #1 standing until after New Orleans.

    LSU has enough to deal with and giving the opposition the added motivation of a #1 rating may even motivate Ole Miss (feel sorry for Nutt) to play well above their heads. I finally viewed the interview of Erin Andrews with Coach Les Miles and I agree with you Deb, she made him look very odd. That is a strange piece to do on anyone.

  19. imaduffer says: Sep 4, 2011 9:24 PM

    # 1, that’s easy, Sacramento State

  20. Deb says: Sep 4, 2011 9:25 PM

    @alligatorsnapper …

    Well, I was just being honest about which team should be number one based on quality of play/strength of opponent (because Georgia wasn’t ranked in the vicinity of Oregon–and I had their ranking and LSU’s backward). But I never thought LSU would actually get the top ranking. Neither Oklahoma nor Alabama have done anything to warrant being marked down. It’s possible they will be, but I don’t see why. Like you, I’m content to let the Sooners stay right where they are :)

    Was just telling my mom about Erin’s snotty comment to Coach Miles. I don’t know why he veered away from the team when they ran out of the tunnel–nor do I care. He had a beautiful response for her idiotic and irrelevant question, and it was disrespectful and completely unnecessary for her to follow it by saying she believed he was just lost.

    I’m a longtime advocate for gender equality. But those sideline reporting jobs used to go to former players. Now they go to Barbie and Khloe. If they went to Candy Crowley, I’d believe it was a sincere effort at gender equity. The one drinking pickle juice–can’t remember if it was the LSU game or the Georgia game–was so bad she was like a Saturday Night Live parody of a sideline Barbie.

  21. polegojim says: Sep 5, 2011 11:35 AM

    @Deb – true on both counts – I just don’t get it.

  22. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 5, 2011 8:29 PM

    Polegojim does get it, and I don’t either. What is going on today in sports reporting?

    The pickle juice was what Oregon drinks instead of GatorAid or PowerAid or such. It’s like football is not entertaining enough by itself, it now needs airheads to add color? It is so strange.

    My dad tries to avoid the half time shows and interviews and the pre-game interviews. He thinks they are distractions at best and poor reporting at worst. I am going to have to get more like southernpatriots family and keep busy and not be upset with all this junk, but it bothers me to have such terrible reporting go forth in the name of sports.

  23. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 5, 2011 8:38 PM

    majorseahawk: Keep in mind Georgia had a losing season. Pre-season rankings are so lame and indicate no excellence. Look at pre-season rankings of Notre Dame the last few years (or much more!)

    What happened to the SEC being bigger, stronger, faster, and better than Oregon, which came within minutes of winning the national championship and were #2 last year and ahead of LSU this year. The SEC was not bigger, stronger, faster, and better because the SEC did not play them and beat them badly. LSU did. And LSU is a founding member and a loyal member of the SEC, whether they win or lose, have a good team or bad one, a SEC school with loyalty.

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