CollegeFootballNews.com Rankings No. 1 to 130: Week 1
The CFN ranking of all 130 teams after the first big weekend, Week 1
130 Georgia State (0-1)
Tennessee State 17, Georgia State 10: That’s NOT how you open up a new era and a new stadium. The run defense was a disaster. Up next? Saquon Barkley and Penn State.
129 UAB (1-0)
at UAB 38, Alabama A&M 7: Welcome back! The Blazers struggled a bit early, but found the groove with a big second half to get the first win since 2014.
128 Texas State (1-0)
at Texas State 20, Houston Baptist 11: It was a fight for the Bobcats, but the defense held on in the second half.
127 Massachusetts (0-2)
at Coastal Carolina 28, UMass 28: Last week UMass couldn’t stop the Hawaii passing game, this week it couldn’t deal with the Coastal Carolina ground attack.
126 Charlotte (0-1)
at Eastern Michigan 24, Charlotte 7: Where was the offense? Hasaan Klugh ran well, but the 49er attack fizzled after an early score.
125 Rice (0-1)
The Owls had a week off after getting pasted by Stanford, and what do they get? Welcome back to Houston. A trip to UTEP is up next.
124 Kent State (0-1)
at Clemson 56, Kent State 3: Clemson was Clemson right away. Kent State threw for one yard and got nothing from the running game.
123 Coastal Carolina (1-0)
at Coastal Carolina 28, UMass 28: Welcome to the FBS world. The ground game dominated the Minutemen, and now comes UAB for a possible 2-0 start.
122 Louisiana (1-0)
at Louisiana 51, SE Louisiana 48: The Ragin’ Cajuns survived the firefight after getting ripped apart on the ground for 343 yards.
121 Akron (0-1)
at Penn State 52, Akron 0. It was a tough opener vs. Penn State, but the offense still should’ve done more than 159 yards.
120 UNLV (0-1)
Howard 43, at UNLV 40: Ohhhhhh, UNLV, noooooo. Armani Rogers was good in his quarterbacking debut, but Howard pulled off an all-timer of an upset – the Rebel D went bye-bye.
119 South Alabama (0-1)
at Ole Miss 47, South Alabama 27: The Jaguars couldn’t recreate the Mississippi State magic to open last year. The secondary was ripped up.
118 UTEP (0-1)
at Oklahoma 56, UTEP 7: The Miners ran into a buzzsaw. There was a lot of drinking and dunking, but nothing worked with OU bombing at will.
117 Buffalo (0-1)
at Minnesota 17, Buffalo 7: The Bulls only came up with one big play, but QB Tyree Jackson will grow into a star.
116 Bowling Green (0-1)
Michigan State 35, Bowling Green 10: MSU came out with a defensive attitude, but nine first downs aren’t going to get it done.
115 Connecticut (1-0)
at Connecticut 27, Holy Cross 20. It took a huge fourth quarter comeback to avoid the disaster. Nate Hopkins ran for 130 yards and three scores.
114 Idaho (1-0)
at Idaho 28, Sacramento State 6: There wasn’t any explosion, but the running game was great in a sluggish win.
113 San Jose State (1-1)
at San Jose State 34, Cal Poly 13: The Spartans get Brent Brennan his first win with three touchdown passes from Montel Aaron.
112 New Mexico State (0-1)
at Arizona State 37, New Mexico State 31: Yeah, it was a loss, but NMSU cranked up the offense and made it a fight with almost 400 passing yards.
111 ULM (0-1)
at Memphis 37, ULM 29: The Warhawks put up a terrific battle against a good-bling Memphis team. They mounted a massive fourth quarter comeback that came up just short.
110 UTSA (0-0)
The Houston game was postponed. The Roadrunners will start out with a trip to Baylor that looks a whole lot more winnable now.
109 FIU (0-1)
UCF 61, FIU 17: Ugly, FIU was penalties 13 times for 153 yards, turned it over four times, and gave up 439 passing yards.
108 Florida Atlantic (0-1)
Navy 42, at Florida Atlantic 19: That wasn’t exactly the way this was all supposed to go. The Owls were never in it after the Navy ground game got started.
107 Eastern Michigan (1-0)
at Eastern Michigan 24, Charlotte 7: That’s how you start out the season. QB Brogan Roback and the O were okay, but the defense was the star with takeaways and stop after stop.
106 North Texas (1-0)
at North Texas 59, Lamar 14: The offense came out exploding, with Jeffery Wilson running for three touchdowns and Mason Fine throwing three more.
105 Ball State (0-1)
at Illinois 24, Ball State 21: The Cardinals gave the Illini all they could handle. Riley Neal almost pulled it off late, but they were at least competitive.
104 Georgia Southern (0-1)
at Auburn 41, Georgia Southern 7: There will be much, much better days after finishing with just 78 total yards.
103 Fresno State (1-0)
at Fresno State 66, Incarnate Word 0. The defense took center stage with a dominant performance. Chason Virgil threw for 246 yards and a touchdown.
102 Tulane (1-0)
at Tulane 43, Grambling 14: The option attack was okay running for 296 yards, but Jonathan Banks was great throwing for three scores and running for a team-high 69 yards and a score.
101 East Carolina (0-1)
James Madison 34, at East Carolina 14: Before getting all over ECU for losing to an FCS team, it is the No. 1 FCS team. Thomas Kirk threw for 210 yards for the Pirates, but with two picks.
100 Baylor (0-1)
Liberty 48, at Baylor 45: A nightmare of a start, the pass defense didn’t show up. The offense balanced, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the defensive issues.
99 Oregon State (1-1)
at Oregon State 35, Portland State 32: It was rocky, and it was a fight to the finish, but the Beavers needed a decent win. This wasn’t one – beating Minnesota would be.
98 Miami Univ. (0-1)
at Marshall 31, Miami Univ. 26: Ugh. Gus Ragland was solid and the O okay, but special teams breakdowns and a pick six did in the RedHawks.
97 Marshall (1-0)
at Marshall 31, Miami Univ. 26: Don’t blow this off. For a program that struggled last year, it was a good win with two Keion Davis kick sixes for the win.
96 SMU (1-0)
at SMU 58, Stephen F. Austin 14: 21 first quarter points made this a laugher from the start. The offense ramped it up right away.
95 Utah State (0-1)
at Wisconsin 59, Utah State 10: Losing CB Jalen Davis to a correctly-called targeting play changed the game, but there was no prayer once the Badgers got rolling.
94 Army (1-0)
at Army 64, Fordham 6: Don’t blow this off. Fordham is a great FCS team and Army destroyed it with 513 rushing yards and a dominant defensive performance.
93 Hawaii (2-0)
at Hawaii 41, Western Carolina 18: The Rainbow Warriors got it done on the ground with 202 yards and a score from Diocemy Saint Juste.
92 Northern Illinois (0-1)
Boston College 23, at NIU 20: The Huskies put up a fight and QB Ryan Graham played well. NIU looks back to being a MAC star – at least defensively.
91 Kansas (1-0)
at Kansas 38, SE Missouri State 16: It might have been against an FCS team, but the Jayhawks got a win when the passing game looked like it was supposed to.
90 Central Michigan (1-0)
at Central Michigan 30, Rhode Island 27 (3 OT): Yuck. This should’ve been a whole lot easier. Shane Morris threw for 226 yards and a score with a pick in his debut.
89 Troy (0-1)
at Boise State 24, Troy 13: The Trojans couldn’t get the offense going. Brandon Silvers was held to 139 yards, Jordan Chunn ran for just 41.
88 Old Dominion (1-0)
at Old Dominion 31, Albany 17: The Monarchs struggled a bit in the fourth quarter, but the offense did what it needed to early.
87 New Mexico (1-0)
at New Mexico 38, Abilene Christian 14: Air Lobo? Yup – at least a little bit, with Lamar Jordan throwing for 213 yards.
86 Ohio (1-0)
at Ohio 59, Hampton 0: A total walk in the park, the defense allowed 108 yards of Hampton offense.
85 Nevada (0-1)
at Northwestern 31, Nevada 20: How did the new offense do? It fizzled in the second half, but the Wolf Pack had a shot late and didn’t hold on.
84 Temple (0-1)
at Notre Dame 49, Temple 16. The Owls get down fast and didn’t have any hope of coming back. Logan Marchi threw for 245 yards and two scores.
83 Middle Tennessee (0-1)
Vanderbilt 28, at Middle Tennessee 6. The D couldn’t stop the Vandy passing game and the O didn’t get going. However, Richie James caught ten passes for 112 yards and a late TD.
82 Wyoming (0-1)
at Iowa 24, Wyoming 3: Josh Allen struggled, but he didn’t get any help. The O kept making too many mistakes.
81 Louisiana Tech (1-0)
at Louisiana Tech 52, NW State 24: J.Mar Smith was solid in the start throwing for 276 yards and two scores.
80 Memphis (1-0)
at Memphis 37, ULM 29: That’s not what the Tigers wanted. They had it in hand, but had to hang on for tear life in a rough fourth quarter.
79 Virginia (1-0)
at Virginia 28, William & Mary 10: Take the win no matter what if you’re Virginia, but it took too long to put away an okay FCS team. The passing game worked, though.
78 Southern Miss (0-1)
Kentucky 24, at Southern Miss 17: Disappointing at home, the Golden Eagles got a huge day out of WR Korey Robertson, but couldn’t get the job done late.
77 Navy (1-0)
Navy 42, at Florida Atlantic 19: 416 rushing yards, a huge day from the run defense, and an easy performance was exactly how this was supposed to go.
76 UCF (1-0)
at UCF 61, FIU 17: UCF QBs ripped up FIU going 26-of-33 for 439 yards and four scores with a pick.
75 Appalachian State (0-1)
Georgia 31, Appalachian State 10. The offense couldn’t hold up against the terrific Georgia D. Don’t judge the team by this – Georgia is that good.
74 Duke (1-0)
at Duke 60, NC Central 7: They got their tune-up in, and now the Blue Devils get their real test with Northwestern. QB Daniel Jones was fantastic in the opener.
73 Rutgers (0-1)
Washington 30, at Rutgers 14: As blowout home losses go, Rutgers was okay. It showed promise and potential to be far better this season. The 11 penalties didn’t help.
72 BYU (1-1)
LSU 27, BYU 0. Yeah, LSU has a great defense, but to not finish with a positive rushing yard? BYU’s offense didn’t show up.
71 USF (2-0)
at USF 31, Stony Brook 17: For the second straight games, USF was sluggish to start against a bad team. Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes.
70 Iowa State (1-0)
at Iowa State 42, Northern Iowa 24: The D came up with two pick-sixes, and then the passing game kicked it in. The running game needs to be better vs. Iowa.
69 Tulsa (0-1)
at Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 24: The running game worked, but the secondary got torched. Oklahoma State is really, really good, though.
68 Missouri (1-0)
at Missouri 72, Missouri State 43: Who needs a defense. Just score 72 points per game and all is fine.
67 Cincinnati (1-0)
at Cincinnati 26, Austin Peay 14: It wasn’t easy, but Luke Fickell got his first win with three Hayden Moore touchdown passes.
66 Illinois (1-0)
at Illinois 24, Ball State 21: Ugly, Illinois beat MAC team with just 216 total yards.
65 Arkansas State (0-1)
at Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36: Inches. Arkansas State came inches away from being able to tie it, or go for the win on a missed final throw. QB Justice Hansen threw for 415 yards.
64 Western Michigan (0-1)
at USC 49, Western Michigan 31: The Broncos gave the Trojans their best shot. It took 28 fourth quarter Trojan points to put it away.
63 Air Force (1-0)
at Air Force 62, VMI 0: The Falcons ran for 457 yards and seven scores, while Arion Worthman hit 8-of-12 throws.
62 Wake Forest (1-0)
at Wake Forest 51, Presbyterian 7: It was a warm-up, but still, the quarterbacks looked like they needed to.
61 Western Kentucky (1-0)
at WKU 31, Eastern Kentucky 17. The Mike Sanford era got off to a good start with Lucky Jackson coming up with 144 receiving yards and a score.
60 Colorado State (1-1)
Colorado 17, Colorado State 3: Thud. Penalties, turnovers, too many misfires – after beating Oregon State, it was a lost opportunity against Colorado.
59 Arizona State (1-0)
at Arizona State 37, New Mexico State 31: Any questions about the defense weren’t answered. NMSU put up almost 550 yards of total offense. However, ASU QB Manny Wilkins threw well.
58 Toledo (1-0)
at Toledo 47, Elon 13: The offense went through the motions and put away the cupcake with ease. Logan Woodside threw for 314 yards.
57 Purdue (0-1)
Louisville 35, Purdue 28. The Boilermakers lost, but they put up a good fight in a mistake-prone game. The passing game looked fine at times.
56 Arizona (1-0)
at Arizona 62, Northern Arizona 24: 506 rushing yards, seven scores, 10.8 yards per carry. That’s the Arizona we know and love.
55 Houston (0-0)
Game vs. UTSA postponed. A trip to Arizona is up next.
54 Boston College (1-0)
Boston College 23, at NIU 20: It took a fight to get by a MAC team, but this year might be a work in progress.
53 Boise State (1-0)
at Boise State 24, Troy 13: It wasn’t scintillating, but the defense put the clamps down in the second half. The offense sputtered too much – Brett Rypien was off.
52 Ole Miss (1-0)
at Ole Miss 47, South Alabama 27: Every game’s a bowl game. The Rebels won this one easily with Shea Patterson and the passing game going off.
51 San Diego State (1-0)
at San Diego State 38, UC Davis 17: It was an easier blowout than the final score looks, Rashaad Penny ran for 196 yards and two scores.
50 Syracuse (1-0)
at Syracuse 50, Central Connecticut 7: Everything went like it was supposed to. QB Eric Dungey was amazing – the O cranked up 586 yards in the blowout.
49 Nebraska (1-0)
at Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36: Nebraska won, but it had better show something defensively in a hurry. The Huskers looked way too mediocre.
48 Texas Tech (1-0)
at Texas Tech 56, Eastern Washington 10. For the first time in a long time, the Red Raiders showed off a defense. The quarterbacks were flawless in the blowout.
47 Vanderbilt (1-0)
Vanderbilt 28, at Middle Tennessee 6: Really? A passing game? Kyle Shurmur was fantastic, throwing for 296 yards and three scores.
46 North Carolina (1-0)
California 35, at North Carolina 30. The team played like it’s rebuilding and reloading. The offense was balanced, but the defense couldn’t stop the Cal passing game in key moments.
45 Mississippi State (1-0)
at Mississippi State 49, Charleston Southern 0: 555 yards to 33. It was a brutally effective performance by a Miss State team that showed off a serious D.
44 Indiana (0-1)
Ohio State 49, at Indiana 21: Interesting for a half, IU just didn’t have OSU talent or speed.
43 Kentucky (1-0)
Kentucky 24, at Southern Miss 17: It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t explosive, but the defense got the job done in a dangerous road game.
42 California (1-0)
California 35, at North Carolina 30. It’s a new Cal. That became apparent right away. QB Ross Bowers came up with a terrific performance in the head coach Justin Wilcox’s first game.
41 Pitt (1-0)
at Pitt 28, Youngstown State 21 OT: Don’t look too much into this. Pitt let up in a HUGE way, and it almost got burned. It’ll give Penn State a hard time.
40 Minnesota (1-0)
at Minnesota 17, Buffalo 7: There was absolutely nothing pretty about it, but the D did its job.
39 Texas (0-0)
Maryland 51, at Texas 41: Disastrous. The defense still can’t tackle and the O line, even with NFL talent, couldn’t generate a push.
38 Northwestern (1-0)
at Northwestern 31, Nevada 20: Considering the problems to start last year, the Wildcats will take the win. Clayton Thorson threw for 352 yards and two scores, and ran for two more.
37 Maryland (1-0)
Maryland 51, at Texas 41: The offense was fantastic, the defense tough, and the special teams … the O was fantastic and the defense tough. It was a special, all-timer of a win for the program considering the circumstances.
36 Utah (1-0)
at Utah 37, North Dakota 16: Don’t get caught up in the final score. The Utes were fine, with Tyler Huntley coming up with a good first outing as the starting QB.
35 Michigan State (1-0)
Michigan State 35, Bowling Green 10: The defense was stifling and the O fine, but the three turnovers were worrisome.
34 Georgia Tech (0-1)
Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 41 (2 OT). The Yellow Jackets deserved a better fate after TaQuon Marshall ran for 249 yards and five touchdowns and the team tore off 535 yards on the ground.
33 West Virginia (0-1)
Virginia Tech 31, West Virginia 24. There’s no reason to hang any heads over that. The Mountaineers were great, Will Grier was outstanding, and there was a shot at the end.
32 Tennessee (1-0)
Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 41 (2 OT). Don’t get into a twist over how close this was. The Vols got out alive against a team that runs the triple-optoon to perfection.
31 Colorado (1-0)
Colorado 17, Colorado State 3: It wasn’t a perfect performance, and the O didn’t score in the second half, but a 14-point win over the Rams? The Buffs won’t complain.
30 NC State (0-1)
South Carolina 35, NC State 28: For the most part, the Wolfpack did everything right in a dominant performance … and lost. They turned it over twice, gave up a kick-six, and lost an opener it couldn’t lose.
29 South Carolina (1-0)
South Carolina 35, NC State 28: The running game didn’t work, the passing game was just okay, and the secondary gave up 415 yards. And the Gamecocks won. #BeingWillMuschamp
28 Texas A&M (0-1)
at UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44: Here’s the positive. Blow off what happened in the fourth quarter, and the Aggies looked amazing. But besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
27 Arkansas (1-0)
at Arkansas 49, Florida A&M 7: All tuned up for TCU? Eight Razorbacks ran the ball. It wasn’t a razor-sharp performance, but that’s what Florida A&M is for.
26 UCLA (1-0)
at UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44: Okay, yeah, the Josh Rosen fourth quarter was epic, but it took a miserable day from the defense to force the 2017 Heisman winner to start bombing away.
CFN Top 25 Week 1
25 Washington State (1-0)
Up Next: Boise State: at Washington State 31, Montana State 0. There probably should’ve been more points, but the passing game was dominant against an FCS team – don’t laugh. It’s a big deal after having problems in openers over the past few years.
24 Oregon (1-0)
Up Next: Nebraska: at Oregon 77, Southern Utah 21. They looked like the Ducks again in Willie Taggart’s opener. With over 700 yards, explosion, and lots and lots of dominance, that was fun – now do it against Nebraska.
23 Kansas State (1-0)
Up Next: Charlotte: at Kansas State 55, Central Arkansas 19. You wanted to see a deep passing game out of this offense? Jesse Ertz averaged 21 yards per throw in the blowout.
22 Louisville (1-0)
Up Next: at North Carolina: Louisville 35, Purdue 28. Uh oh. either Purdue all of a sudden got good, or Louisville is just okay. Lamar was Lamar, though.
21 Virginia Tech (1-0)
Up Next: Delaware: Virginia Tech 31, West Virginia 24. The defense might have been picked apart at times, but Josh Jackson came up with a huge performance with 235 passing yards and 101 on the ground with a. score.
20 Iowa (1-0)
Up Next: at Iowa State: at Iowa 24, Wyoming 3. It wasn’t pretty, but the Hawkeyes defense kept Josh Allen from looking or playing like Cam Newton. The offense needs more pop with the running game.
19 TCU (1-0)
Up Next: Arkansas: at TCU 63, Jackson State 0. The O rolled for 542 yards to 65, but there was one interception and five penalties. Take a guess on what the coaching staff is talking about.
18 Notre Dame (1-0)
Up Next: Georgia: at Notre Dame 49, Temple 16. That’s how it’s all supposed to work. Brandon Wimbush was great, Josh Adams ran for 161 yards and two scores, and Notre Dame won a breather.
17 Florida (0-1)
Up Next: Northern Colorado: Michigan 33, Florida 17. The Gators had no offensive plan – nothing worked. Why? The wide receivers weren’t there, the line got dominated, and there was no hope when the defense wasn’t scoring.
16 LSU (1-0)
Up Next: UT Chattanooga: LSU 27, BYU 0. Absolutely amazing. LSU was without some of its NFL caliber defensive stars, and it still held BYU to under 100 yards of total offense. The D was dealing.
15 Oklahoma State (1-0)
Up Next: at South Alabama: at Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 24. Mason Rudolph and James Washington did what they were supposed to do. The passing game was magnificent from the start. The Cowboys looked the part.
14 Auburn (1-0)
Up Next: at Clemson: at Auburn 41, Georgia Southern 7. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but Jarrett Stidham was okay, the running game great, and the defense was totally dominant against a dangerous attack.
13 Miami (1-0)
Up Next: at Arkansas State: at Miami 41, Bethune-Cookman 13. The defense wasn’t air-tight, but the running game ripped up the FCSer. Watch out next week – Arkansas State appears to be dangerous.
12 USC (1-0)
Up Next: Stanford: at USC 49, Western Michigan 31. Here’s the deal – beat Stanford, move back up. Prove that the struggles against a MAC team were just Week 1 kinks to work out.
11 Penn State (1-0)
Up Next: Pitt: at Penn State 52, Akron 0. The Nittany Lions were dominant from the start with the offense balanced, explosive and humming. The D pitched a gem and, more than anything else, the team actually started out hot.
10 Georgia (1-0)
Up Next: at Notre Dame: Is this really Jake Fromm’s team now? The Jacob Eason knee injury might be disastrous if the rookie isn’t ready for South Bend. This is why you have Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
9 Stanford (1-0)
Up Next: at USC: Western Michigan ran for 263 yards on the Trojans. And now Stanford is rested after two weeks off – get ready for a brutal battle.
8 Wisconsin (1-0)
Up Next: Florida Atlantic: at Wisconsin 59, Utah State 10. It took a while to get going, but the Badgers looked impressive over the final 40 minutes. As long as the O line does its job, all is fine.
7 Oklahoma (1-0)
Up Next: at Ohio State: at Oklahoma 56, UTEP 7. Perfect. The Lincoln Riley era got off to a huge start with a perfect performance from Baker Mayfield, Lincoln Riley and the passing game.
6 Washington (1-0)
Up Next: Montana: Washington 30, at Rutgers 14. It might not have been a perfect performance, but the Huskies woke up late. Chalk it up to Week One, but the team needs to look the part against Montana and Fresno State.
5 Michigan (1-0)
Up Next: Cincinnati: Michigan 33, Florida 17. It was a more dominant performance than the final score would indicate. Two bad throws were all that kept this from being a brutal blowout.
4 Florida State (0-1)
Up Next: ULM: Uh oh. Not only did Florida State lose the game, but getting Deondre Francois injured is the nightmare it couldn’t afford. The D was fantastic, but it wasn’t enough. It’s Alabama – it has to be taken with a grain of salt.
3 Ohio State (1-0)
Up Next: Oklahoma: Ohio State 49, at Indiana 21. It was hardly a perfect performance, but the young Buckeye stars stepped up while veteran J.T. Barrett conducted the show like he always does – when he’s not playing Clemson.
2 Clemson (1-0)
Up Next: Auburn: at Clemson 56, Kent State 3. It was a perfect performance. Both sides of the ball were dominant in a big early statement for the defending national champs. The Tigers have reloaded.
1 Alabama (0-0)
Up Next: Fresno State: Alabama 24, Florida State 7. As ugly as that was, remember, Florida State is very, very, very good. The Seminoles have the NFL talent – especially on defense – and the Crimson Tide still won in a relative blowout.