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College Football Rankings: NCAAF Top 25 (After Week 1)

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Weekly college football top 25 rankings are a big part of every season, and Athlon Sports will update its top 25 following the games each weekend. The first weekend of the 2021 season was headlined by Clemson's dominant victory over Georgia, Virginia Tech's upset of North Carolina, UCLA's win against LSU, and Alabama's blowout over Miami. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma take the top four spots, with Clemson at No. 5 and Texas A&M at No. 6 in the post-Week 1 top 25 rankings. With the first week of the 2021 season officially in the books, here are the top 25 teams in college football:

College Football Top 25 Rankings (After Week 1)

1. Alabama (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Miami

The Crimson Tide rolled to easy 44-13 win over Miami after quarterback Bryce Young threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns in his first start.

2. Georgia (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Clemson

Bulldogs managed only 256 yards versus Clemson, but the offense didn’t need to produce with a dominant defense on the other side. Georgia limited the Tigers to just 180 yards, registered seven sacks and only one drive went beyond 36 yards.

3. Ohio State (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Minnesota

Big plays on offense (and a fumble return for a score by the defense) fueled Ohio State’s win over Minnesota. The five offensive touchdowns by the Buckeyes averaged 59.2 yards in length.

4. Oklahoma (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Tulane

The Sooners have plenty to work on after a sluggish and sloppy win over Tulane.

5. Clemson (0-1)
Week 1 Result:
Lost to Georgia

The Tigers will be favored to win their remaining 11 games, but if the offensive line doesn’t improve, contending with Alabama or Georgia for the national title is out of reach.

6. Texas A&M (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Kent State

Haynes King (21 of 33 for 292 yards and 2 TDs) needs to clean up the turnovers (three picks), but there was plenty to like about the redshirt freshman quarterback in his starting debut.

7. Cincinnati (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Miami (Ohio)

Desmond Ridder was sharp (20 of 25 for 295 yards and four touchdowns) in Cincinnati’s 49-14 win over Miami (Ohio).

8. Iowa State (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Northern Iowa

Slow starts are nothing new early in the year for Iowa State under Matt Campbell, but the Cyclones avoided a bad loss to Northern Iowa with a 16-10 win on Saturday.

9. Oregon (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Fresno State

It wasn’t easy, but the Ducks avoided the fate of the Pac-12 North rivals (0-5 in Week 1) by holding off upset-minded Fresno State.

10. Iowa (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Indiana

Iowa’s defense scored two times, limited Indiana to 233 yards and allowed just one drive longer than 50 yards in Saturday’s dominant 34-6 win.

11. UCLA (2-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated LSU

Chip Kelly’s gameplan and a dominant effort by UCLA on both lines of scrimmage lifted the Bruins to a 38-27 win over LSU.

12. Notre Dame (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Florida State

Jack Coan’s first start at Notre Dame was a success (366 passing yards and four touchdowns), but the defense surprisingly allowed 442 yards in an overtime win over Florida State.

13. Penn State (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Wisconsin

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14. Florida (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated FAU

The Gators gashed FAU for 400 rushing yards for a 35-14 win in the Swamp.

15. Miami (0-1)
Week 1 Result:
Lost to Alabama

The ‘Canes were thoroughly dominated by Alabama, but that’s not a reason to panic for coach Manny Diaz’s team.

16. USC (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated San Jose State

Big-time efforts from receiver Drake London (12 catches) and the defense prevented San Jose State from threatening an upset over the Trojans.

17. Texas (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Louisiana

Steve Sarkisian’s debut was a success, as the Longhorns simply took care of business versus Louisiana.

18. Wisconsin (0-1)
Week 1 Result:
Lost to Penn State

The Badgers need more from quarterback Graham Mertz to win the Big Ten West this year.

19. Utah (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Weber State

Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer connected on 19 of 27 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in his Utah debut. The Utes easily defeated Weber State 40-17 on Thursday night.

20. Coastal Carolina (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
The Citadel

The Chanticleers averaged 10.2 yards per play in Thursday’s easy win over the The Citadel.

21. Ole Miss (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Louisville

The Rebels' high-powered offense was hitting on all cylinders in Monday night's win over Louisville.

22. Virginia Tech (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated North Carolina

Virginia Tech’s defense set the tone with six sacks, while the offense’s fast start (two touchdowns on first three possessions) was enough to score the upset over North Carolina.

23. TCU (1-0)
Week 1 Result:
Defeated Duquesne

The Horned Frogs cruised to an easy 45-3 win over TCU on Saturday.

24. LSU (0-1)
Week 1 Result:
Lost to UCLA

Ed Orgeron’s seat is starting to warm after LSU’s loss to UCLA.

25. North Carolina (0-1)
Week 1 Result:
Lost to Virginia Tech

Developing more weapons and improving the play up front on both sides of the ball are priorities after Friday’s loss to Virginia Tech.

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