College Football Power Rankings: Florida State makes a statement, Colorado announces arrival

College Football Power Rankings: Florida State makes a statement, Colorado announces arrival

The first full week of college football didn’t disappoint. There were upsets, fantastic individual performances and some really good football games.

The Colorado Buffaloes put on a show in their first game under Deion Sanders, who, for at least one week, had his roster building approach validated.

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Sanders took a great deal of criticism in the spring for the overhaul that occurred to Colorado’s one-win team in 2022. While there may still be room for criticism, he’s 1-0 as a Power Five head coach and picked up a big win in the process over a top-25 team.

Though TCU may have flaws, Sanders has legitimate star power on his roster. His son, Shedeur Sanders, carved up TCU’s defense for more than 500 passing yards and four touchdowns. Travis Hunter, who was the top prospect in the 2022 signing class, showed it with more than 100 receiving yards and an interception. Then there was Dylan Edwards, a player who was on the radar of numerous Power Five schools before making his way to Boulder. He was electric in his first collegiate game.

It’s unlikely they’ll win every game, but the signs are there that Deion Sanders has Colorado heading for “Prime Time.”

Let’s take a look at this week’s college football power rankings.

Dropped Out

  • TCU Horned Frogs lost to Colorado Buffaloes
  • Texas Tech lost to Wyoming
  • South Carolina lost to North Carolina


Texas A&M Aggies (1-0)

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Last Week: Unranked

Week 1 Result: Beat New Mexico 52-10

We’ll find out how for real the Texas A&M Aggies are when they travel to South Beach to take on Miami, but for one week at least, they’ve a spot in the power rankings.

Up Next: at Miami


Colorado Buffaloes (1-0)

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Last Week: Unranked

Week 1 Result: Beat TCU 45-42

Shedeur Sanders was phenomenal in his first start at the Power Five level, throwing for 510 yards and four touchdowns. Dylan Edwards and Travis Hunter were electric as well. Deion Sanders has playmakers in Boulder and will be one of the most exciting teams to follow in 2023.

Up Next: vs. Nebraska


Duke Blue Devils

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Last Week: Unranked

Week 1 Result: Beat Clemson 28-7

Duke averaged 6.6 yards per carry and took advantage of three Clemson turnovers, including a pair of fumbles inside the 5-yard line to pick up a huge upset to start their season.

Up Next: vs. Lafayette


Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0)

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Last Week: 18

Week 1 Result: Beat Utah State 24-14

The season started fast for Iowa’s offense: 14 points in the first quarter. Then the old Hawkeyes showed up, scoring 10 points over the final three frames against Utah State.

Up Next: at Iowa State


Ole Miss Rebels (1-0)

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Last Week: 25

Week 1 Result: Beat Mercer 73-7

Jaxson Dart, Spencer Sanders and Walker Howard combined for 524 passing yards and six touchdowns in the Rebels’ romp of Mercer. Though Dart started, Sanders’ ability to run the ball will be a significant weapon for Ole Miss.

The Rebs get an underrated challenge when they travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane.

Up Next: at Tulane


Oklahoma Sooners (1-0)

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Last Week: 21

Week 1 Result: Beat Arkansas State 73-0

No matter how you slice it, that was a shellacking. The Oklahoma Sooners were efficient, fast and explosive on offense. The defense showed signs of improvement after one game. A tougher challenge awaits with SMU coming to town, but Oklahoma’s defense looks better suited for those challenges in 2023.

Up Next: vs. SMU Mustangs


North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0)

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Last Week: 20

Week 1 Result: Beat South Carolina 31-17

Down several receivers heading into the game, Drake Maye put together a strong performance. Maye threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in a game the Tar Heels had to battle.

Up Next: vs. Appalachian State


Oregon State Beavers (1-0)

Last Week: 19

Week 1 Result: Beat San Jose State 42-17

In a new locale, D.J. Uiagalelei looked every bit the part of a top quarterback, totaling five touchdowns and was an efficient 20 of 25 through the air. Damien Martinez was dynamic running the ball, carrying 18 times for 145 yards in the win.

Up Next: vs. UC Davis


Wisconsin Badgers (1-0)

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Last Week: 17

Week 1 Result: Beat Buffalo 38-17

There was a thought that with the additions of Luke Fickell and Tanner Mordecai the offense would take on a more pass-oriented approach. Well, through one week, they look like the same old Badgers. They ran for 314 yards and four touchdowns and averaged more yards per carry (7.9) than Tanner Mordecai did yards per pass attempt (6.1).

Up Next: at Washington State


Texas Longhorns (1-0)

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Last Week: 15

Week 1 Result: Beat Rice 37-10

Before Bret Auburn’s last-second field goal at halftime, Texas held a 10-point lead on the Rice Owls. The Rice program hasn’t won more than five games since 2014. Quinn Ewers pulled it together for a strong third quarter in which Texas scored 21 points, but it wasn’t a performance that built confidence heading into a showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Up Next: at Alabama


Kansas State Wildcats (1-0)

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Last Week: 16

Week 1 Result: Beat Southeast Missouri State 45-0

The defending Big 12 champion Kansas State Wildcats picked up right where they left off with a big shutout win over SEMO. D.J. Giddens was dynamic on the ground for the Wildcats, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.

Up Next: vs. Troy


Clemson Tigers (0-1)

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Last Week: 4

Week 1 Result: Lost to Duke 28-7

The Garrett Riley experience isn’t off to the best of starts in Clemson, South Carolina, after being held to seven points by the Duke Blue Devils.

Up Next: vs. Charleston Southern


Washington Huskies (1-0)

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Last Week: 14

Week 1 Result: Beat Boise State 56-19

After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Michael Penix Jr. and the Washington Huskies erupted for 56 points over the final three periods. Penix threw for 450 yards and five touchdowns in the win.

Up Next: vs. Tulsa


Oregon Ducks (1-0)

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Last Week: 13

Week 1 Result: Beat Portland State 81-7

Bo Nix had a great day for Oregon, who racked up 729 yards of total offense. Nix threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, and the Ducks ran for 348 yards on 10.2 yards per carry.

They’ll get a better test this week when they travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech.

Up Next: vs. at Texas Tech


Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)

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Last Week: 12

Week 1 Result: Beat Virginia 49-13

Tennessee’s defense racked up four sacks and 11 tackles for loss. The Volunteers were up 35-3 midway through the third quarter and cruised.

Up Next: vs. Austin Peay


USC Trojans (2-0)

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Last Week: 11

Week 1 Result: Beat Nevada 66-14

Caleb Williams was fantastic yet again with 319 yards and five touchdowns through the air. The defense took a step in the right direction, holding Nevada to just 1.9 yards per carry after getting gashed on the ground by San Jose State. That run defense will be put to the test next week against Stanford.

Up Next: vs. Stanford


LSU Tigers (0-1)

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Last Week: 7

Week 1 Result: Lost to Florida State 45-24

The road to the College Football Playoff just grew a little bit tougher for the LSU Tigers after they were rolled by Florida State. Jayden Daniels put up big numbers, but an interception and inefficiency on third and fourth down tamed the Tigers.

Up Next: vs. Grambling


Utah Utes (1-0)

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Last Week: 10

Week 1 Result: Beat Florida 24-11

All Utah seems to do is win high-profile games. The Utes pretty well dominated this one from start to finish, holding the Florida Gators to three points through three quarters.

Up Next: at Baylor


Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-0)

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Last Week: 9

Week 1 Result: Beat Tennessee State 56-3

Two weeks in the books and two routs for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Though they haven’t played anyone of consequence two games into the season, the Irish are dominating, outscoring their opponents 98-6. They’ll get their first test of the season this week against NC State.

Up Next: at NC State


Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)


Last Week: 8

Week 1 Result: Beat West Virginia 38-15

The Penn State Nittany Lions picked up a win over West Virginia in one of the more underrated Week 1 matchups. Drew Allar threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Though the defense gave up 308 total yards, it kept West Virginia from mounting any serious scoring threats, holding the Mountaineers to 4 of 14 on third down and 3 of 6 on fourth down.

Up Next: vs. Delaware


Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)

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Last Week: 5

Week 1 Result: Beat Indiana 23-3

Ohio State gained a solid win over a conference opponent, but it left a lot to be desired. The offense is a work in progress. The Buckeyes were 2 of 13 on third downs in the win.

Up Next: vs. Youngstown State


Florida State Seminoles (1-0)

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Last Week: 6

Week 1 Result: Beat LSU 45-24

If there already wasn’t enough buzz about the Florida State Seminoles entering the 2023 season, it’s about to take off after their dismantling of LSU. The Seminoles averaged 4 yards per carry against a good LSU defense and Jordan Travis threw for 342 yards and four touchdowns to kick off his Heisman campaign.

Up Next: vs. Southern Miss


Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)

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Last Week: 3

Week 1 Result: Beat Middle Tennessee 56-7

Jalen Milroe was named the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide’s matchup with Middle Tennessee and he didn’t disappoint, flashing speed in an impressive dual-threat performance. Milroe threw for three touchdowns and added two more on the ground in the win.

Up Next: vs. Texas Longhorns


Michigan Wolverines (1-0)


Last Week: 2

Week 1 Result: Beat East Carolina 30-3

Quarterback J.J. McCarthy was 26 of 30 for 280 yards and three touchdowns and Blake Corum averaged 7.3 yards per carry for Michigan’s offense. The Wolverines’ defense allowed 235 total yards in the win.

Up Next: vs. UNLV


Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)


Last Week: 1

Week 1 Result: Beat UT-Martin 48-7

The champs started their season strongly with a huge home win. In his first start for the Bulldogs, Carson Beck threw for 294 yards and a touchdown and added another score on the ground.

Up Next: vs. Ball State

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