These rankings reflect the opinion of the Boise Sports Examiner and are not a representation of the Associated Press poll or the polls that make up the BCS rankings. You can see the 2011 BSE Preseason Poll here. Click the links for teams 11-20 and 21-25.
1. Alabama 1-0
Previous Rank: 1; Last Game: W 48-7 Kent State; Next Game: Penn State
The Crimson Tide made it look easy in week one against the alma mater of Head Coach Nick Saban. Heisman candidate Trent Richardson scored three touchdowns and the defense held Kent State to only six 1st downs.
2. Oklahoma 1-0
Previous Rank: 3; Last Game: W 47-14 Tulsa; Next Game: Florida State (September 17)
Junior running back Dominique Whaley, who hasn’t played since 2008 at Langston College, ran for 141 yards and four touchdowns in his first on-field experience at Oklahoma. The walk-on is in his third year with the program. The Sooners have a week off before they face a significantly more difficult test, traveling to Florida State on September 17th.
3. LSU 1-0
Previous Rank: 4; Last Game: W 40-27 Oregon; Next Game: Northwestern State
The Tigers took advantage of a plethora of Duck mistakes, including back-to-back fumbles by freshman standout DeAnthony Thomas in the 3rd quarter to run away from the Ducks in the biggest match-up of the opening weekend. The Tigers held the Ducks running game in check and let Oregon self-destruct with 12 penalties and four turnovers. Michael Ford and Spencer Ware combined for 195 yards and three touchdowns for LSU who faces cream-puff Northwestern State next week.
4. Boise State 1-0
Previous Rank: 5; Last Game: W 35-12 Georgia; Next Game: Toledo (September 16)
Kellen Moore was outstanding in another big opening week win, this time the Broncos’ first ever win over a team from the SEC. Moore was efficient, finishing 28-34 for 261 yards and three scores. The Bronco defense harassed Aaron Murray all night and did not let the Bulldog running game get going, save for an 80-yard run from cornerback/returner Brandon Boykin.
5. Stanford 1-0
Previous Rank: 6; Last Game: W 57-3 San Jose State; Next Game: Duke
The Cardinal dominated all phases of the game against an outmanned Spartan squad. Andrew Luck ran for a touchdown and threw for two others as Stanford was never challenged. The Spartans turned the ball over three times and ran for only 27 yards. Stanford heads east for the IQ Bowl next Saturday at Duke.
6. Texas A&M 1-0
Previous Rank: 7; Last Game: W 46-14 Southern Methodist; Next Game: Idaho (September 17th)
Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael each scored two touchdowns on the ground and quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for two more as the Aggies ran away from the Mustangs late in the second quarter on Saturday. A&M piled up 458 yards of total offense and at least briefly switched attention away from their request to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. The Aggies host Idaho on September 17.
7. Nebraska 1-0
Previous Rank: 8; Last Game: W 40-7 Chattanooga; Next Game: Fresno State
Taylor Martinez accounted for 251 yards and three touchdowns and looked in complete control in the Huskers season-opening win over Chattanooga. Nebraska was sloppy at times and settled for four field goals from walk-on kicker Brett Maher. The first game in the Big 10 for the Huskers was also their 26th consecutive season-opening win, best in the country.
8. Florida State 1-0
Previous Rank: 9; Last Game: W 34-0 Louisiana-Monroe; Next Game: Charleston Southern
The Seminole defense dominated, allowing only 191 yards and 12 first downs. EJ Manuel was solid, throwing for 252 yards and two scores. Florida State plays another glorified scrimmage against Charleston Southern next week before Oklahoma comes to town in the season’s next big showdown.
9. Wisconsin 1-0
Previous Rank: 10; Last Game: W 51-17 UNLV; Next Game: Oregon State
The Badgers, with new quarterback Russell Wilson, looked dominant against UNLV. The former North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback was fantastic Thursday night as he made a seamless transition to the Wisconsin offense. Wisconsin catches Oregon State next week with the Beavers coming off an embarrassing loss to Sacramento State.
10. Oregon 0-1
Previous Rank: 2; Last Game: L 40-27 LSU; Next Game: Nevada
The Ducks could not get off the ground on Saturday night as turnovers and penalties doomed them to a season-opening loss to the Tigers. Oregon statistically outplayed the Tigers but LaMichael James only had 54 yards on 18 carries and the Ducks had no rhythm on offense, accentuated by the fact that Darron Thomas threw the ball an astonishing 54 times. That is a recipe for disaster for the Oregon offense. They will look to get back on track against Nevada and Missouri State in the next two weeks before conference play begins.
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