College football got started last weekend and we were treated to some great matchups. We saw that the hype on Jeremy Johnson may have been too high but that Auburn defense looks improved. Alabama doesn’t seem to have a problem at quarterback like many expected and Derrick Henry looks like a Heisman running back. Many people may think that TCU isn’t as good as they were talked up to be, but I choose to say I was right about Minnesota. Ohio State also had a scare but then Braxton Miller happened.

Yeah, that was stupid. However, whether you like the Buckeyes or not, it is almost impossible to make an argument against them as the best team in the nation right now. We will take a look at the top 25 teams after week one and then look at who the top ten Heisman candidates are.


1. Ohio State Buckeyes (Preseason: 2): Urban Meyer’s squad was lead by Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliot and looked just as good as they were at the end of last season. The defense dominated the Hokies in the second half without their best player (Joey Bosa). Braxton Miller is back and possibly the best player on the field. This week: Hawaii, 2:30 pm CST, BTN

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (5): All quarterback questions seem to be answered and the defense stayed strong against a tough offensive line and running game. The Tide seem destined for a rematch against the Buckeyes in January. This week: Middle Tennessee State, 3:00 pm CST, SECN

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7): Texas isn’t a great team and Notre Dame made sure to remind us of that. The Fighting Irish looked impressive in every part of the game. Malik Zaire had a great debut, completing 19 of 22 pass for three touchdowns and didn’t turn the ball over, which is a new thing for quarterbacks in South Bend. This week: at Virginia, 2:30 pm CST, ABC

4. TCU Horned Frogs (1): TCU didn’t look like a national champion… yet. Their offense will figure things out and Trevone Boykin is still one of the best players in the country. The young defense showed how good they can be and are ready for some of the Big XII offenses with freshman linebacker Zach Freeze in the middle. This week: Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 pm CST, FS1

5. Auburn Tigers (3): Questions are raining down about Jeremy Johnson, the running game looked shaky at times but one bad day isn’t enough to stop an Auburn offense. Muschamp’s defense started his tenure with an interception and had a good offense shutout for nearly three quarters. This week: Jacksonville State, 11:00 am CST, SECN

6. Baylor Bears (4): Baylor faced some questions early in their game against SMU but held the Mustangs scoreless in the second half. Seth Russell threw for 375 yards and had six total touchdowns in his debut replacing Bryce Petty. This week: Lamar, 6:30 pm CST, FSN

7. Ole Miss Rebels (9): Yes, the Rebels obliterated a cupcake team but they looked really good doing it. All three quarterbacks got in the game and many players got involved offensively, even Robert Nkemdiche had a touchdown reception. This week: Fresno State, 2:30 pm CST, ESPN2

8. USC Trojans (11): Cody Kessler picked up where he left off in 2014, throwing four touchdown passes in the route of Arkansas State. The running backs averaged over eight yards per carry and JuJu Smith may be the nation’s best receiver. This week: Idaho, 7:00 pm CST, PAC12 Network

9. Georgia Bulldogs (10): Here’s another SEC team that looked impressive against a pushover opponent. Greyson Lambert had a good debut at quarterback and Nick Chubb led a strong Bulldog rushing attack. Keith Marshall even saw playing time, scoring two touchdowns. This week: at Vanderbilt, 2:30 pm CST, CBS

10. UCLA Bruins (15): Josh Rosen is one impressive freshman. With the weapons he has on offense and the strength of the Bruins defense, UCLA may be the new Pac-12 favorites. This week: at UNLV, 9:30 pm CST, CBSSN

11. Oregon Ducks (6): Oregon broke in a new era with quarterback Vernon Adams but the defense struggled to stop his former team. The offense looks just as good but the defense needs solutions before being a top 10 team. This week: at 12 Michigan State, 7:00 pm CST, ABC

12. Michigan State Spartans (8): The Spartans are another team that struggled in the opening week. A 37-24 win against Western Michigan catches the eye but the defense was stout, allowing just 18 rushing yards and interception two passes. This week: 11 Oregon, 7:00 pm CST, ABC

13. Clemson Tigers (12): Deshaun Watson. That’s really all you need to know. This week: Appalachian State, 11:30 pm CST, ACC Network (WTTO)

14. Arkansas Razorbacks (13): No Jonathan Williams, no problem for the Razorbacks. Alex Collins was a capable replacement and Brandon Allen leads the nation in Total QBR after the opening week. This week: Toledo, 3:00 pm CST, SECN+

15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (14): Tech scored 34 points in their first quarter of the season and look set to stay in the top 15 the rest of the season. They ran for more than nine yards a carry as a team and scored 10 touchdowns. This week: Tulane, 2:30 pm CST, ACC Network (WTTO)

16. Oklahoma Sooners (19): Baker Mayfield halted all his critics at least momentarily, throwing for 388 yards and three touchdowns on 23 of 33 passing. This week: at 24 Tennessee, 5:00 pm CST, ESPN

17. Texas A&M Aggies (NR): The Aggies had a huge non-conference win on Saturday night but still faced their fair share of issues. Neither Kyle Allen nor Kyler Murray established themselves as the clear starter but John Chavis seems to have things figured out on defense. Plus, that Christian Kirk kid is special. This week: Ball State, 6:00 pm CST, ESPNU

18. Florida State Seminoles (20): I am a little skeptical of Jimbo Fisher’s squad but Everett Golson looked good in his debut and they are still the ACC favorite in many minds. This week: South Florida, 10:30 am CST, ESPN

19. West Virginia Mountaineers (NR): The Mountaineers had 540 yards of total offense and shutout the always dangerous Georgia Southern triple option while interception four passes. That’s impressive. This week: Liberty, 2:00 pm CST

20. BYU Cougars (NR): Anyone who wins a season opener on a hail mary with a backup quarterback deserves a top-25 spot. The real test is continuing without Taysom Hill taking the snaps. This week: at Boise State, 9:15 pm CST, ESPN2

21. Minnesota Golden Gophers (24): The highest ranked one-loss team showed big signs in their Thursday night game against TCU. The defense held its own against a top offense and had a balanced attack offensively. This week: at Colorado State, 2:30 pm CST, CBSSN

22. Utah Utes (NR): Getting a win against a power-five team in the season opener is always a big deal – doing it at home and in primetime was just a bonus. They can be a real threat once Pac-12 play starts. This week: Utah State, 8:00 pm CST Friday, ESPN2

23. Wisconsin Badgers (16): Joel Stave looked good in the loss but the Badgers will need Corey Clement to get going for the offense to have success. This week: Miami (OH), 11:00 am CST, ESPNU

24. Tennessee Volunteers (22): Tennessee struggled against Bowling Green’s passing attack but the offense made up for it. Alvin Kamara, Jalen Hurd and Joshua Dobbs combined for 356 rushing yards and six touchdowns. This week: 16 Oklahoma, 5:00 pm CST

25. LSU Tigers (17): Power rankings are based off how a team has performed so far but I didn’t feel it was right to leave LSU out after a cancelled game. This week: at Mississippi State, 8:15 pm CST, ESPN


This week’s rankings do not reflect how I believe the voting will finish but how I would rank them at the end of each week’s games. We lost some of the early candidates (Scooby Wright III and James Conner) to injury but some freshmen are already filling in.

1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State senior WR: Did you see that spin move? I mean c’mon, you can’t have a Heisman moment in week 1, can you? 2 catches, 78 yards, 6 carries, 62 yards, 2 touchdowns

2. Derrick Henry, Alabama junior RB: Torched a solid B1G defense. That speed and size combo should be illegal. 13 carries, 147 yards, 2 catches, 12 yards, three touchdowns

3. Malik Zaire, Notre Dame sophomore QB: A very impressive start to his 2015 campaign and he could be in this race for awhile. 19/22, 313 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 INTs, 9 carries, 16 yards

4. Josh Rosen, UCLA freshman QB: Talk about making an impression. Rosen dominated a secondary that finished in the top-30 last season. 28/35, 351 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 INTs

5. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M freshman WR: This guy is electric and if you didn’t see him vs. Arizona State, you will see him soon. 6 catches, 106 yards, 1 touchdown, 79-yard punt return touchdown

6. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State senior QB: Dak is back in it after leading the Bulldogs to a road win. The fun begins this week. 22/38, 237 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 INTs, 8 carries, 72 yards, 1 touchdown

7. Nick Chubb, Georgia sophomore RB: We got what we expected from Nick Chubb. Ran over every Warhawk in his path. 16 carries, 120 yards, 2 touchdowns

8. Royce Freeman, Oregon sophomore RB: The Ducks are clearly looking to run the ball this year and Freeman is the centerpiece. 21 carries, 180 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 catches, 18 yards

9. Deshaun Watson, Clemson sophomore QB: It won’t be long before Watson moves his way up the list (if he’s healthy). 18/22, 194 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 INTs, 2 carries, 22 yards

10. Ray Lawry, Old Dominion sophomore RB: This guy may be an honorable mention because of who he played, but this would be an impressive pace to keep up. 28 carries, 223 yards, 4 touchdowns

Caleb Turrentine is a contributor and a show host at WVUA-FM. Follow him on Twitter, @CalebTurrentine.