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
Timely defense and big plays on offense fueled a huge win for the Nittany Lions in Wisconsin.
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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