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2014 Fierce 40: Week 1

by DJ Boyer on Sep. 3, 2014

 

Fierce 40 - Top 40 College Football Teams - 2014 Week 1
Ranking Team W-L Result Previous
1 Oregon 1-0 W: South Dakota 62-13 3
We have seen Oregon in this position before. Saturday at 6:30 is the moment of truth against #10 Michigan State at home.
2 Florida State 1-0 W: #38 Oklahoma State 38-31 1
I can guarantee The Citadel will not offer the same test as Oklahoma State did this week.
3 Oklahoma 1-0 W: Louisiana Tech 48-16 5
The Sooners look the part. Have to show the losses at linebacker will not affect the team long term.
4 Ohio State 1-0 W: Navy 34-17 2
The test against Virginia Tech this weekend is going to be one of the marquee matchups of Week 2.
5 Alabama 1-0 W: West Virginia 33-23 4
Very ironic that after the issues that arose for Alabama regarding hurry-up offenses, they faced one right out of the gate in West Virginia. You could see the Crimson Tide were not comfortable on defense and struggled getting substitutions.
6 Georgia 1-0 W: #22 Clemson 8
Georgia suffered through more injuries on offense last season than most teams do during 3-4 years. Great start after trying to replace the All-Time SEC passing leader, Aaron Murray.
7 Auburn 1-0 W: Arkansas 45-21 6
The running game looks like it has picked up right where it left off last season.
8 Stanford 1-0 W: UC-Davis 45-0 9
Ty Montgomery may be the most underappreciated offensive performer in the nation.
9 LSU 1-0 W: Wisconsin 28-24 13
That was a big comeback against a Wisconsin team that was tougher along the lines than I expected. If LSU wins their side of the SEC this season, they could point to this win as a key momentum builder.
10 Michigan State 1-0 W: Jacksonville State 45-7 11
If Michigan State can win at Oregon, they immediately move into National Title consideration, and not just Big Ten title talk.
11 Baylor 1-0 W: SMU 45-7 12
Only 45 points in the opener? Is Baylor slacking? Still some questions on defense that loom.
12 UCLA 1-0 W: Virginia 28-20 7
Aside from the South Carolina flop, UCLA had the most disappointing performance for a top 10 team. Now they are on the outside looking in.
13 USC 1-0 W: #32 Fresno State 52-13 15
Josh Shaw wasn't  a distraction. Great opening performance for new coach Steve Sarkisian.
14 Kansas State 1-0 W: Stephen F. Austin 55-16 14
One of the most anonymous teams in the top 20, which is just how coach Bill Snyder likes it.
15 Texas A&M 1-0 W: #9 South Carolina 21
Could things have gone any better against South Carolina?
16 Nebraska 1-0 W: Florida Atlantic 55-7 17
Serious star power on both sides of the ball with Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory.
17 Ole Miss 1-0 W: Boise State 35-13 16
Rebel fans are hoping this is not a repeat of last year. Aka plow through the front of the season before meeting up with Alabama.
18 Duke 1-0 W: Elon 52-13 20
Can Duke enjoy the same success with Anthony Boone only playing quarterback?
19 Notre Dame 1-0 W: Rice 48-17 23
Wasn't a seamless start, but the nation saw just how important Everett Golson is to Notre Dame.
20 Iowa 1-0 W: Northern Iowa 31-23 18
Outgained 405-401 by Northern Iowa. Not a confident start to the season.
21 Arizona State 1-0 W: Weber State 45-14 26
Jaelen Strong is the best receiver in the country, and most people have not year heard of him.
22 Michigan 1-0 W: Appalachian State 52-14 28
Devin squared...Gardner to Funchess...a lethal combination.
23 Virginia Tech 1-0 W: William & Mary 34-9 25
Michael Brewer passed the test at quarterback in his first start for the departed Logan Thomas. This week is the real test as Virginia Tech moves from William & Mary to Ohio State.
24 South Carolina 0-1 L: #21 Texas A&M 28-52 9
0-1 start and a banged up Mike Davis. Sounds like we have panic after only 1 game.
25 Washington 1-0 W: Hawaii 17-16 19
Lose your quarterback, running back, and top receiving targets in one offseason and bring in a new coach, and things may not be smooth right off the bat. Yet a 1-point squeaker over Hawaii was not what many thought would happen.
26 Mississippi State 1-0 W: Southern Miss 49-0 34
Mississippi State seems to be the "IT" team in the SEC after an impressive opener.
27 Wisconsin 0-1 L: #13 LSU 24-28 37
Wisconsin will be upset when they watch the film to study how this one got away. We know Wisconsin runs the ball effectively but they need consistent quarterback play or they will experience more losses during winnable games.
28 Louisville 1-0 W: #27 Miami (Fla.) 31-13 29
Bobby Petrino looked like his old self in Louisville's first game as an ACC member.
29 Clemson 0-1 L: #8 Georgia 21-45 22
A loss against Georgia is not welcomed when you figure they get Florida State and North Carolina before the start of October.
30 BYU 1-0 W: UConn 35-10 30
BYU opens with a win but there may have been more questions than answers after this game ended.
31 Texas 1-0 W: North Texas 38-7 31
Charlie Strong gets a win in his Texas debut. The perfectionist was not gloating about a 31-point win. Strong spent most of his press conference talking about 2 Texas turnovers and a 4-15 3rd-down conversion rate.
32 Oregon State 1-0 W: Portland State 29-14 33
Nation, meet tight end Connor Hamlett. I have a feeling I should introduce you now because you will see more and more of him.
33 Oklahoma State 0-1 L: #1 Florida State 31-37 38
If you believe in moral victories, then Oklahoma State is 1-0.
34 Florida 0-0 Game w/ Idaho Postponed 36
Will have to wait and see if Florida can turn around the finish to 2013.
35 East Carolina 1-0 W: NC Central 52-7 39
A win against South Carolina will put the Pirates on the national radar, and that win is quite possible.
36 Arizona 1-0 W: UNLV 58-13 40
Anu Ferguson had a sterling start to his college career.
37 Pittsburgh 1-0 W: Delaware 62-0 NR
Delaware is an accomplished program on the football side of the house and Pitt held them to 57 total yards.
38 North Carolina 1-0 W: Liberty 56-29 NR
North Carolina was at one point trailing, before stepping on the gas in the 3rd quarter.
39 Western Kentucky 1-0 W: #35 Bowling Green 59-31 NR
Brandon Doughty was a quarterback that I mentioned for the 2015 NFL Draft, despite 14 TD's and 14 INT's last season. Following a 46-56, 569 yards, 6 TD performance, I would say I was justified in making that prediction.
40 Miami (Fla.) 0-1 L: #29 Louisville 13-31 27
Freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya and receiver Phillip Dorsett are going to have to start connecting fast, before the season flies out from under them.

Dropped Out: Bowling Green, Fresno State, Utah State