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    Ohio State’s CJ Stroud led the Buckeyes to victory over Notre Dame (AP Photo/David Dermer)

    It’s only Week 1 of the 2022 college football season, but the Pac-12 is sadly already in mid-season form, quickly exiting the college football playoff conversation.

    Well, not entirely. AP No. 14 USC put a 66-14 injury on Rice with the help of not one, not two, but three picks of six. But Oregon’s No. 11 was destroyed by Georgia’s No. 3, and Utah’s No. 7 entered the Gainesville swamp and walked away with an L against an unranked Florida.

    Temporarily unclassified, that is.

    After beating Utah in Billy Napier’s debut as head coach, the Gators will skyrocket in the AP poll, possibly all the way to the Top 10. Anthony Richardson was just as electric as we’d expect. remembered when he was healthy at the start of last season. , and they’re at least a top-10 team now as far as Bleacher Report’s college football experts — David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty and Brad Shepard — are concerned.

    As that upset waned on Saturday night, No. 2 Ohio State’s AP gradually asserted its will to secure a 21-10 win over No. 5 Notre Dame in the weekend’s main event. opening.

    It was a touch and go there for a while with the Fighting Irish gaining 54 yards (69 if you count the 15 yards at the passer penalty) on the very first snap of the game, followed by the Buckeyes losing Jaxon Smith -Njigba with a leg injury (fingers crossed it’s nothing serious) in the middle of the first quarter. But Ohio State just had too much talent, too much toughness and too many Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Henderson to be denied a marquee win.

    We’ll update these rankings Monday night if Clemson struggles or even loses to Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A kickoff, but while we wait for that final game of Week 1, here’s what our top looks like. Consensus 25 before week 2:

    1. Alabama (previous rank: 1)
    2. Georgia (3)
    3. Ohio State (2)
    4. Clemson (4)
    5. Michigan (8)
    6.Texas A&M (7)
    7. Florida (NR)
    8. Oklahoma (15)
    9. USC (11)
    10. Notre Dame (5)
    11. Arkansas (16)
    12. Michigan State (12)
    13. Miami (17)
    14 (tie). Baylor (14)
    14 (tie). BYU (23)
    14 (tie). Wisconsin (18)
    17. Oklahoma State (9)
    18. Utah (6)
    19. Tennessee (NR)
    20. Pittsburgh (25)
    21. Penn State (19t)
    22. Kentucky (24)
    23. Houston (19t)
    24. Texas (22)
    25. NC Status (10)

    Also receiving votes: Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Mississippi State

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    Stetson Bennett of Georgia (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

    After breaking through and winning the 2019 National Championship, LSU had 14 players taken in the NFL Draft … and then crashed and burned.

    But if you were worried defending national champion Georgia would suffer a similar fate after having 15 players (including five first-rounders) selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, Saturday’s 49-3 annihilation of the n Oregon’s °11 should have allayed those irrational fears.

    The passing attack was almost perfect. Stetson Bennett did most of the work, but Carson Beck also contributed for 439 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The Bulldogs averaged nearly 12 yards per pass attempt against what was supposed to be a pretty good Oregon defense under new head coach (and former UGA DC) Dan Lanning.

    Simultaneously, it was the Georgian defense that dominated the day, knocking out Bo Nix twice in the first 20 minutes of the game and limiting the Ducks to just one field goal. Before a meaningless long drive in the final 10 minutes, Oregon had a modest 221 total offensive yards.

    The Dawgs didn’t get any sacks in this one, so it wasn’t quite the same “How the fuck is somebody gonna score against this defense?” type of statement they made in last season’s opener against Clemson. Still, it was a dominating performance, at least on par with what they used to do at Nix when he was the quarterback at Auburn for the past three years.

    If even Oregon couldn’t remotely challenge this Georgia team, they might legitimately not face a tough test ahead of the scheduled SEC Championship showdown with Alabama. The Bulldogs have only one other game on the schedule against a ranked opponent, and that game at AP No. 20 Kentucky is two and a half months away.

    Get used to seeing these guys at or near the top of the leaderboard.

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    NC State’s Devin Leary (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    The good news is that NC State did not lose its opener at East Carolina.

    The bad news is that the No.10 team in our pre-season rankings couldn’t have inspired less confidence in their 21-20 victory over the Pirates.

    With the help of a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown, the Wolfpack led 21-7 at intermission. But what we thought was one of the most powerful offensive attacks in the country this season went without a point from that point on.

    It was not for lack of opportunity. On one practice, the Wolfpack ran 74 yards down the field before fumbling on ECU 1. And on their subsequent possession, they had 1st and goal on ECU 1 before Demie Sumo-Karngbaye was done. stuff on the goal line on four consecutive runs.

    It was the start of a streak that lasted more than 12 minutes in which the Wolfpack offense ran 10 plays for minus-4 yards with an interception and a turnover on tries.

    Meanwhile, ECU got what looked like the tying touchdown until Owen Daffer missed the extra point. He had a chance for redemption when a three-and-three NC State left the Pirates with plenty of time to get within goal range. Unfortunately, Daffer shoved the potentially game-winning 42-yard attempt to the right, allowing the Wolfpack to escape by the hair on his chinny chin.

    All due respect to ECU – who won seven games last season and have one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the country at Holten Ahlers – but this game shouldn’t have ended. Because that’s the case, we have to seriously ask ourselves if NC State is really a top contender to dethrone Clemson in the ACC.

    The Wolfpack plummets in our ranking from #10 to #25.

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    Cincinnati’s Ben Bryant (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    Well, Cincinnati’s No. 23 dream of making back-to-back college football playoffs is already dead.

    Had the Bearcats won their season opener at No. 19 Arkansas, the “Undefeated Season Watch” would have officially begun. The road games against SMU and UCF in late October won’t be easy, but they really should win each of their remaining 11 games if they’re even 85% as good as they’ve been for the past few years.

    Alas, Cincinnati got off to a painfully slow start to the first half in Fayetteville and couldn’t fully recover, falling to the Hogs by a final score of 31-24.

    In Cincinnati’s first practice of the season, Ben Bryant led the Bearcats just outside the red zone before Arkansas DB Dwight McGlothern jumped a route for an interception and returned 51 yards to return field.

    Cincinnati had two more long drives in the first half that resulted in missed field goals.

    But although they dug themselves a 14-0 first hole on the road, they almost recovered all the way back.

    On three consecutive possessions in the second half, they put the ball into Arkansas territory, needing a touchdown to tie the game. Instead, they came away with a field goal from a practice that started on Arkansas 3, a punt on a practice that got as deep as Arkansas 21, and a grueling backpack after an impressive punt return from Tre Tucker.

    Cincinnati didn’t look bad, racking up 438 total yards against an SEC defense. This could well be the Five Eyes representative in the New Year’s Six again for a third consecutive year. He simply shot himself in the foot a little too many times this afternoon and suffered his first non-bowl season loss since the 2019 AAC Championship against Memphis.

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    Steve Sarkisian and Bijan Robinson of Texas (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

    First and foremost on the Week 2 roster is the Noon ET showdown between AP No. 1 Alabama and unranked Texas. It’s the first time in over a decade that the Crimson Tide has played a real road game against a non-conference Power Five opponent, and it comes against former Nick Saban assistant Steve Sarkisian.

    Should be a healthy diet of death to rats over the next seven days.

    The only matchup between the teams in the preseason AP Poll is the nightcap (10:15 p.m. ET) of No. 25 BYU hosting No. 10 Baylor. The Cougars have beaten at least one ranked opponent in each of the past four seasons, but lost to the Bears in Waco in last year’s game. A little payback at Provo would bring BYU into the all-too-early college football playoff conversation.

    Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh (3:30 p.m. ET) should also be a battle between ranked teams when the new AP poll comes out in a few days. The Panthers are looking to build on a chaotic Week 1 victory over West Virginia in the reanimated Backyard Brawl as the expectedly ranked volunteers prepare for a big test after making quick work of Ball State on Thursday.

    And then there’s a trio of major conference matchups, with No. 19 Arkansas hosting South Carolina (noon ET), No. 20 Kentucky at Florida (7 p.m. ET) and No. 14 USC at Stanford ( 7:30 p.m. ET).

    While there’s nothing quite Oregon-Georgia or Notre Dame-Ohio State, Week 2 should be just as entertaining as Week 1 was, though. that it is almost entirely contained within a day rather than spread over a 100 hour window.

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