Football.com Power Dozen: Georgia Falls To 10
Welcome to the first week of the Football.com Power Dozen!
Georgia fell five spots, but remained in our Top 10 after a 38-35 road loss to new No. 5 Clemson. The Bulldogs will get a chance at redemption Saturday when they host No. 6 South Carolina. Though the Tigers only moved up one slot, they are now just 14 points out of third place as opposed to 47. It's hard to imagine the Gamecocks cracking the Top 5 next week, but expect them to close the gap in a similar fashion if they beat Georgia.
Alabama no longer enjoys a perfect score despite a 35-10 win against Virginia Tech in Atlanta as one voter moved Ohio State to No. 1. The Crimson Tide now have two weeks to prepare for Texas A&M in what may be the most anticipated college football game this year.
Idle Stanford, which opens its season Saturday against San Jose State, flipped spots with Oregon and fell to No. 4.
The last team to leapfrog Georgia, LSU moved to ninth after defeating TCU, 37-27. The SEC still represents half of the Power Dozen.
Florida faces a tough game at Miami on Saturday. The Hurricanes now are on the Football.com Power Dozen radar, netting less than the maximum score and tying for 17th if our poll extended that far.
Notre Dame remains on the cusp of our rankings and likely would enter the Power Dozen with a Florida or Georgia loss and a win at Michigan next week.
Methodology: First-place votes equate to zero points. Voters rank their Top 13 to help differentiate marginal teams. Teams ranked 2-13 get a point total equivalent to their rank. If a team is not ranked in a person's Top 13, they are automatically assigned 15 points. The lowest aggregate score is ranked No. 1, second-lowest No. 2 and so forth.
|1||Alabama||(1-0)||2||—||at Texas A&M (Sept. 14)||1|
|2||Ohio State||(1-0)||35||+33||vs. San Diego State||2|
|4||Stanford||(0-0)||61||+5||vs. San Jose State||3|
|5||Clemson||(1-0)||70||+9||vs. South Carolina State||6|
|6||South Carolina||(1-0)||98||+28||at No. 10 Georgia||7|
|7||Louisville||(1-0)||115||+17||vs. Eastern Kentucky||7|
|8||Texas A&M||(1-0)||130||+15||vs. Sam Houston State||9|
|10||Georgia||(0-1)||152||+19||vs. No. 6 South Carolina||5|
|12||Florida State||(0-0)||172||+170||at Pittsburgh (tonight)||11|
Less Than Max Score Of 225: Notre Dame (200), Texas (207), Oklahoma State (214), Michigan (221), Oklahoma (222), Miami (223).
Dropped Out: None.
Power Dozen Scuttlebutt
|1||Alabama||Tide wins easy despite lethargic offense; gets bye to prep for Texas A&M.|
|2||Ohio State||Allowed a bad Buffalo team to hang around for far too long.|
|3||Oregon||No Chip Kelly? Ducks fans didn't notice. Oregon's easy early sched continues.|
|4||Stanford||David Fales and company played the Cardinal close last season.|
|5||Clemson||Tigers beat elite SEC programs LSU and Georgia in last two games.|
|6||South Carolina||Made UNC offense turtle, but can green LBs hold up against RB Todd Gurley?|
|7||Louisville||Congrats for blowing away a MAC school. Will face that sort of skepticism all year.|
|8||Texas A&M||OK, so maybe the controversy cloud above Johnny Football won't dissipate after all.|
|9||LSU||Managed 448 yards of offense on the road against tough TCU defense.|
|10||Georgia||Leading WR Malcolm Mitchell now out for the year. Can they regroup for USC?|
|11||Florida||Won with conservative offense, strangling defense. Sound familiar?|
|12||Florida State||Seminoles ready to show country they have more than freshman QB curiosity Jameis Winston.|
There weren't many discrepancies near the top. No. 7 Louisville (3/11) beat Ohio, 49-7, but "prove it" voters will have to wait a long time. The Cardinals face Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky and Florida International to close out September. The range closed a bit for No. 8 Texas A&M (5/unranked), but voters will have a better idea in two weeks when they host Bama. Every voter except one included No. 10 Georgia in their Power Dozen (8/unranked) despite the loss to No. 5 Clemson.
Voters: Christopher Smith, David Seigerman, Joe Coughlin, Joe Jenkins, John Jackson, Dan Harralson, Ken Pomponio, Budd McLaughlin, Christopher Wuensch, Bill Gelman, Chris Stephens, Henry McKenna and Eric Russell.