College Football Power Rankings: Alabama flexes and Notre Dame impresses

In Week 1 of the Power Rankings, you will not find the following …

Texas A&M, unwilling participants in the second-biggest collapse in FBS history.

UNLV, which lost to a school named Howard and a quarterback named Caylin Newton. Yes, Cam's brother.

Missouri, which gave up 43 points and almost 500 yards to FSC Missouri State, a (to be charitable) middle-of-the-road team from the Missouri Valley. The Bears ran a staggering 23 plays (for 215 yards) in the first quarter.

Texas, which allowed its most points to a nonconference opponent in 20 years. The difference being, in 1997, John Mackovic was being run out of town after losing to UCLA 66-3. Tom Herman is just beginning.

Baylor, which has lost a lot of its reputation and moral standing. It shouldn't matter that much that it lost a football game to emerging FBS program Liberty, but it does. Oh, it does.

Florida, which did the right thing by suspending those 10 players but did the wrong thing -- in the eyes of hyper- critical fans -- by losing to Michigan.

Meanwhile, the new No. 1 is the old No. 1 in the only top 25 you'll ever need. (Note: Position changes are in regards to our preseason Power Rankings back in May.)

Biggest Movers
6 Maryland
6 Florida State
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1 Alabama How many teams have their starting tailback on the punt block team? Let me answer for you: none. Damien Harris' third-quarter block of an FSU punt didn't exactly blow the game open, but in the space of four plays, the Noles turned it over three times. Bama Rolls Tribe. 1 7-0
2 Ohio State Once Greg Schiano figured out Indiana's passing scheme -- I think that's the first time I ever wrote the words "Indiana's passing scheme," by the way -- the Bucks rolled. The stakes rise significantly this week against Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield, who sent a little lover letter from across the country. 1 6-1
3 Southern California Forget Sam Darnold throwing two picks and the Trojans letting Western Michigan hang around. The story of the day -- maybe the year -- is blind long-snapper Jake Olsen delivering a perfect hike on USC's last extra point. 1 6-1
4 Washington As long as Dante Pettis (punt-return touchdown vs. Rutgers), Jake Browning (284 yards, two touchdowns) and that defense are around, the Huskies will be in Pac-12 contention all season. 2 6-1
5 Penn State The defending Big Ten champs look like they're ready to defend. Saquon Barkley went for 172 yards rushing and Trace McSorley averaged 11.2 per pass in a shutout of Akron. -- 6-0
6 Clemson We must couch everything we say on opening day in terms of the competition. But on a sun-splashed day -- against Kent State, mind you -- the Tigers look like they have a quarterback. Kelly Bryant threw for 236 yards in his first career start. 1 6-1
7 Florida State For now, technically, FSU's championship aspirations are still intact. A functional offense looked clunky against (arguably) the nation's No. 1 defense. But if true freshman James Blackman is unable to come close to replicating the play of Deondre Francois, who is reportedly out for the season with a significant knee injury, goodbye playoff. 6 2-3
8 Auburn Jarrett Stidham did nothing to extinguish the hype. Not good that tailback Kerryon Johnson seemed to injure his hamstring. The game's leading returning rusher, Kamryn Pettway, and Auburn's backup quarterback were held out for undisclosed reasons. 2 5-2
9 Oklahoma Message sent to Ohio State: That (seemingly) undersized secondary better grow up in a hurry. Mayfield completed his first 16 passes, finishing 19 of 20 in an easy win over Texas-El Paso. Onto Columbus with plenty of momentum. -- 5-1
10 Oklahoma State What you saw Thursday night is how the Cowboys are going to have to win the Big 12 -- by outscoring everyone. Mason Rudolph and the nation's best offense did nothing to disappoint throwing up 59 on Tulsa. 1 5-1
11 Michigan And you thought the only Banana Slugs were at Cal-Santa Cruz. There was something so Chiquita in Michigan coming out all in yellow. It was Florida that slipped on a peel in a convincing Michigan win. 2 5-1
12 Wisconsin I giggle every time I type "Hornibrook." The Badgers' quarterback has methodically proved himself worthy. How about 58 unanswered against Utah State? 3 6-0
13 Stanford Bryce Love is not Christian McCaffrey, but he is enough. The season is on the line early Saturday at USC -- for both teams. The Cardinal has won three in a row in the series and seven of the last nine. 5 5-2
14 LSU The Matt Canada era kicked off with more of the same as Derrius Guice ran 27 times for 120 yards. The Tigers had their most rushing attempts in three years (58). Canada said he used about 10 percent of the game plan against BYU. This is not good news for the rest of the SEC. 2 5-2
15 South Florida The Charlie Strong era starts 2-0 with a win over ... Stony Brook? The go-ahead touchdown didn't come until less than 11 ½ minutes left. The schedule is what it is. Win them all and it won't matter. 3 6-0
16 Louisville Forget everything you've read and heard from me about Lamar Jackson not repeating for the Heisman. After 485 total yards against Purdue, the Cardinals are going to need every bit of him to challenge in the ACC. 2 4-3
17 Kansas State Bill Snyder continues to amaze. Last week, the 77-year old wrote a first-person account of his career in The Players Tribune. In it, he recounted how he saved a player from suicide his first season. In other news, the Wildcats kicked off with Snyder's 26th season with a 36-point win over Central Arkansas. -- 3-3
18 Georgia Freshman Jake Fromm took over the injured Jacob Eason and beat Appalachian State. Maybe it's me, but Eason has to be healthy this week for the Dawgs to have a chance at Notre Dame. -- 7-0
19 Boise State Kansas transfer Montell Cozart lined up in the Wildcat for a few plays against Troy. Bryan Harsin had to deny there was a quarterback controversy. Not a bad move for Cozart, who went from outhouse to Boise's small house. Albertsons Stadium was 5,000 below capacity for the season opener. -- 4-2
20 Maryland The Terps haven't exactly turned the corner, but damn, was that one satisfying win at Texas. Give Maryland some credit for causing a load of special teams mistakes by the Horns. "I told our guys to never get used to this feeling," DJ Durkin said. 6 3-3
21 Miami (Fla.) Malik Rozier threw for 217 yards in his first game as the full-time starter. Mark Walton ran for 148 yards. Mark Richt won his 10th game in his 15th game as Miami's coach. The last coach quicker to that mark was Larry Coker in the 2001 championship year. 4 5-0
22 Notre Dame This just in: Brian Kelly can still coach. After an easy win over Temple, ND hype will return if the Irish knock off Georgia this week. 4 5-1
23 Northwestern With 5 ½ minutes left, the Wildcats trailed Nevada by three at home. Clayton Thorson helped avoid an embarrassing loss with a pair of 1-yard dives. "A ton of work to do," Pat Fitzgerald said. 3 3-3
24 South Carolina You say, "Dabo." I say, "Deebo." Gamecocks' receiver Deebo Samuel scored three times including a 97-yard kickoff return against NC State. "I don't think anyone in the country can guard him," said South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley. 2 5-2
25 UCLA Never mind the season, how was Josh Rosen going to survive the season opener against Texas A&M? With two minutes left in the third quarter, UCLA was down 34 and the Bruins' quarterback had been rag-dolled. Then Rosen led the second-biggest comeback in FBS history. We have the best game of the young season and a serious Heisman candidate. 1 3-3
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Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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