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Week One Power Rankings

David Roy · June 22, 2020

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 1) (+1) Texas Longhorns (1-0)

Last Week: W 48-41 vs LSU

This Week: Thursday, June 25th 7:00 CST @ Notre Dame

We’ve got a new number one in the power rankings! The Texas Longhorns bumped up one spot from number two to number one. They put on a fabulous showing at home against LSU in week one. The Longhorn offense bolstered up a jaw-dropping 590 yards of total offense. Quarterback Vito Pipino threw for 439 yards and four touchdowns through the air, along with 13 carries, 71 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Longhorn defense was led by linebacker duo Tyson Cane Blade and Justin Thyme, combining for 28 tackles, five of which were for a loss. This week, Texas is taking on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which should lead for an exciting game.

2) (+4) Miami Hurricanes (1-0)

Last Week: W 45-29 @ Michigan

This Week: Monday, June 22nd 7:30 CST vs Florida State

The Miami Hurricanes jump up four spots in this week’s power rankings to take over the number two spot. After an impressive 45-29 win over Michigan in The Big House, Miami is traveling back home this week to take on in-state rival Florida State. Against Michigan, Miami got off to a great start, going on a 28-0 scoring run in the first quarter. Michigan fought back a little, but the Hurricanes were able to hold them off and secure the win. Linebacker David Ware led the defense with eight tackles, two of which were sacks, while on offense the running combo of quarterback Axton Richardson and halfback Marcus Duncan combined for 37 carries, 191 yards and four touchdowns

3) (+1) Florida State Seminoles (1-0)

Last Week: W 34-31 vs Oregon

This Week: Monday, June 22nd 7:30 CST @ Miami

Florida State finds itself up one spot after a season defining win at home against the Oregon Ducks in week one. Florida State’s run game led the attack, with a combined 50 carries for 232 yards and four touchdowns. The defense was led by linebacker Rob Money who had six tackles, two for a loss and an interception, along with safety Kevin Watts who recorded 10 tackles for the team. This week, Florida State heads to in-state rival Miami, where they look to stay undefeated against a tough Hurricane’s team.

4) (+1) Clemson Tigers (1-0)

Last Week: W 38-27 vs Alabama

This Week: Wednesday, June 24th 7:00 CST vs Michigan

Clemson bumps up one spot after taking out Alabama in semi-easy fashion in the season opener of Season Eight of the CFSL. Signal-caller Will Slay led the way with 346 yards passing, of which, receiver Dorian Chase-Miller caught 126. The defense held its own, with the linebacker trio of Kaleb Brayden, Noah Bishop, and Ty Perry combining for 30 tackles. Clemson looks to keep riding their high as they prepare for an at home matchup against the Michigan Wolverines. 

5) (+6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)

Last Week: W 38-34 vs Auburn

This Week: Thursday, June 25th 7:00 CST vs Texas

In the most surprising upset of the week, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish find themselves 1-0 after battling the Auburn Tigers. This bumps up the Fighting Irish six spots in our power rankings. Notre Dame was led by Quarterback Leo Asiata, who threw for 390 yards and three touchdowns to offset a pair of interceptions. Safety Minkah Solo led the team with 12 tackles. Notre Dame is on cloud nine as they travel to Texas to take on the new number one team, according to my power rankings, in the Longhorns.

6) (-5) Auburn Tigers (0-1)

Last Week: L 34-38 vs Notre Dame

This Week: Thursday, June 25th 8:30 CST @ Nebraska

Auburn finds themselves down five spots in this week’s power rankings. Quarterback Ron Newman and the rest of the offense couldn’t out-pace the offense of the Fighting Irish, leaving them to fall just short on the scorecard. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year and Buckeye transfer Isaiah Fowler led the defense with 12 tackles, one of which went for a loss, and an interception. Auburn is looking to attempt to reclaim their throne this week as they head to Nebraska for their week two matchup. 

 7) (NC) Florida Gators (1-0)

Last Week: W 23-22 vs Nebraska

This Week: Tuesday, June 23rd 8:30 CST @ LSU

The Florida Gators are stuck at the number seven spot, following an intense defensive battle and win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Florida edged out the game by one point, letting them start out the season on the winning side. Quarterback Mathias St. John led the ground game with 25 carries for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensive end Casen Dinwoody had a nice debut with seven tackles, three for a loss and a pair of sacks, while linebacker Wyatt King recorded 17 tackles of his own. Florida wants to carry this momentum in to the Bayou as they take on the LSU Tigers in week two.

8) (-5) Oregon Ducks (0-1)

Last Week: L 31-34 vs Florida State

This Week: Tuesday, June 23rd 7:00 CST vs Ohio State

The Oregon Ducks dropped five spots in this week’s power rankings after a loss in the season opener to Florida State. The Ducks were able to put up yards through the air, with receivers Bugsy Bates and Dee Frost combining for nine catches, 250 yards and three touchdownss. However, their efforts weren’t enough, as the Seminoles were able to come away with the win. Oregon is looking for big redemption this week as they travel up to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes in week two.

9) (+3) Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)

Last Week: W 30-24 vs USC

This Week: Tuesday, June 23rd 7:00 CST @ Oregon

Even after a week 1 win and moving up three spots to number nine on the power rankings, the Buckeyes find themselves in the bottom half of the rankings for some reason. Tailback Manuel Silva led the offense with three scores, two on the ground and one from a reception. On defense, Brandon Cox led the team with 15 tackles. This week, Ohio State travels to Oregon to take on the Ducks in a must see matchup. 

10) (-1) LSU Tigers (0-1)

Last Week: L 41-48 vs Texas

This Week: Tuesday, June 23rd 8:30 CST vs Florida

The LSU Tigers dropped one spot this week in our power rankings, due to a heart-breaking loss against Texas. The Youngbloods carried this LSU offense in week one, with quarterback Gage Youngblood throwing for 307 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. While on the ground, Colt Youngblood had a day, racking up 27 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns, along with four receptions for 40 yards. The LSU offense had success week one. They are hoping their defense can step up as they invite Florida to their home stadium this week.

11) (-1) USC Trojans (0-1)

Last Week: L 24-30 vs Ohio State

This Week: Wednesday, June 24th 8:30 CST @ Alabama

USC is down one spot after losing a close one to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Quarterback Deandre Burks was limited to only 36 yards on 17 carries. Receiver Tim Cope found himself in space and created a 64 yard TD reception. The defense was led by the linebacker duo of Xavier Halle and Steven Parks, who combined for 24 tackles.

12) (+1) Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-1)

Last Week: L 22-23 vs Florida

This Week: Thursday, June 25th 8:30 CST vs Auburn

Despite its loss against Florida, Nebraska finds itself up one spot in this week’s power rankings. The Cornhusker offense struggled in week one against Florida, while the defense was able to keep the game close and give the team a chance to win it. The defense was led by Aaron Josephs, who had seven tackles, five tackles for a loss, and three sacks in the game. Nebraska is gearing up for a home game against the heavily favored Auburn Tigers.

13) (-5) Michigan Wolverines (0-1)

Last Week: L 29-45 vs Miami

This Week: Wednesday, June 24th 7:00 CST @ Clemson

The wolverines find themselves dropping five spots in our rankings. The hype surrounding the team definitely got to them, as they suffered a crushing defeat in week one against a strong Miami team. Quarterback Tanner Jones threw a staggering 61 pass attempts, which helped him gain 387 yards through the air. Wide receiver Tre Jackson led the Wolverines in receiving with five catches for 113 yards. Corner Joose Staley did all he could for the defense, hauling in two interceptions and adding five tackles to the team totals. Michigan looks to bounce back this week as they head into Memorial stadium to take on the Clemson Tigers.

14) (NC) Alabama Crimson Tide (0-1) 

Last Week: L 27-38 vs Clemson

This Week: Wednesday, June 24th 8:30 CST vs USC

The Alabama Crimson Tide stay locked at our number 14 spot in the rankings. After a tough loss to Clemson along with their quarterback still being suspended for week two, Alabama’s season needs to come together, and come together quickly. The triple option was intriguing to see in week one, as backup quarterback Baron Adams carried the ball 32 times for 176 yards. Alabama is looking to right the ship this week as they prepare at home for a tough battle against USC.

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