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See how they stack up: Week 1 college football top 25 rankings

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See how they stack up: Week 1 college football top 25 rankings

With a wonderful Week 1 in the books, here's my top 25.

1. Alabama (1-0)

The Tide looked otherworldly against another real good team in Florida State. Going to take one heck of a performance to do much of anything against that defense.

2. Clemson (1-0)

Deshaun who? No, the champs aren’t ready to forget Deshaun Watson yet, but his replacement Kelly Bryant led a 56-3 crushing.

3. Michigan (1-0)

In a great weekend for the Big Ten, no one looked better than the Wolverines. The defense looked incredible with 10 new starters. Ten!

4. Oklahoma (1-0)

Baker Mayfield is so good he was almost perfect in Oklahoma’s blowout win, completing 19 of his 20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

5. Penn State (1-0)

Saquon Barkley was expectedly terrific in a blowout win. He might be the Heisman frontrunner already with a couple other preseason faves struggling.

6. Ohio State (1-0)

The Buckeyes had a tougher test than most with a conference game in the season-opener. Their early struggles were erased by a runaway second half.

7. Auburn (1-0)

The Tigers outgained Georgia Southern 535-78 and had two running backs rack up 136 rushing yards apiece.

8. Wisconsin (1-0)

Another Big Ten contender with a sketchy first half showed why it could run the table with 59 unanswered points.

9. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Mason Rudolph passed for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. The rest of the Big 12 should #FearTheMullet.

10. Virginia Tech (1-0)

The Hokies have a real good young quarterback in Josh Jackson, who had an answer every time West Virginia punched back on Sunday night. Impressive win in a rivalry game at a rocking FedEx Field.

11. Stanford (1-0)

The Trees lit up Rice through the air in Australia, Keller Chryst just part of the 369-yard, three-touchdown air attack. Oh, and Bryce Love rushed for 180 yards.

12. LSU (1-0)

The Bayou Bengals’ defense held BYU to a negative rushing total while their running back, Derrius Guice, went for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

13. USC (1-0)

A huge game by Ronald Jones helped bail out Sam Darnold. There’s still plenty of reason to have faith in the Trojans, but that effort against a Fleck-less Western Michigan team was concerning.

14. West Virginia (0-1)

The Mountaineers had their issues Sunday night, but that was a very good Virginia Tech team they lost to. And boy can Will Grier air it out.

15. Maryland (1-0)

The Terps probably won’t stay here for long, but that 51-point performance in Austin deserves some love. And they did it while sustaining an injury to their starting quarterback.

16. California (1-0)

Bears quarterback Ross Bowers threw four touchdown passes to give Justin Wilcox a road win against a Power Five team in his first game as head coach.

17. Louisville (1-0)

Despite getting an unexpected challenge from Purdue and fumbling three times, the Cards got a Heisman-esque performance from Lamar Jackson: 485 total yards and two touchdown passes.

18. Florida State (0-1)

The defense managed to look pretty impressive in a losing effort against the best team in the country. Hard to see the Noles staying here for long, though, now that Deondre Francois is out for the season.

19. Notre Dame (1-0)

The Irish destroyed Temple while piling up 606 total yards, 422 of them coming on the ground.

20. UCLA (1-0)

Left for dead once they went down 44-10 late in the third quarter, the Bruins pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in college football history. Josh Rosen my goodness.

21. Duke (1-0)

The Devils piled 60 points on North Carolina Central and held a 524-158 total yardage advantage. Look out, Northwestern, who’s at Duke this weekend.

22. Miami (1-0)

An offensive clinic by the Canes. Malik Rosier threw for three touchdowns, and a pair of Miami backs combined for a monster day on the ground.

23. Tennessee (1-0)

While we were all busy raving about Georgia Tech’s offense, the Tennessee offense was working, too. John Kelly and Marquez Callaway had big nights, and the Vols had no turnovers in that double-OT win.

24. Kansas State (1-0)

Wildcats quarterback Jesse Ertz: 333 passing yards and four, count ‘em, four touchdown passes.

25. Georgia Tech (0-1)

TaQuon Marshall is about to be a star after that sensational night against Tennessee. The Jackets racked up 655 yards of offense and had the ball seemingly the whole game. But turnovers killed them.

Others receiving votes:

Washington (1-0)

Last year’s Playoff team was pretty well stopped by Rutgers’ defense. Rutgers. Still put up 30-plus and came away with a road win.

Georgia (1-0)

Nick Chubb didn’t get to 100 yards and the Bulldogs benefitted greatly from Appy State racking up more than 100 yards of penalties.

Texas Tech (1-0)

Eastern Washington isn’t the easiest FCS foe, but the Raiders smoked ‘em, throwing for 449 yards as a team, with Nic Shimonek throwing for 384 and three touchdowns.

South Carolina (1-0)

The quarterback-wideout combo of Jake Bentley and Deebo Samuel shone for the Gamecocks, who held on for a Power Five win.

North Carolina State (0-1)

Two NC State fumbles immediately led to South Carolina touchdowns, but the Wolfpack went over 500 yards of total offense on the road in the SEC.

Oregon (1-0)

Is that Chip Kelly in a Willie Taggert mask coaching these Ducks? The Quackers went for 77 points and 703 total yards in a rout of Southern Utah.

Washington State (1-0)

Luke Falk and James Williams teamed up in a 31-0 shutout of Montana State. Williams caught 13 passes for 163 yards and a pair of scores.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.

See how they stack up: Week 12 college football top 25 rankings

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See how they stack up: Week 12 college football top 25 rankings

With Week 12 in the books, here’s my top 25:

1. Oklahoma (10-1)

Still the team with the best resume in the country, no one can compete with OU’s wins over TCU, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, the latter two coming away from Norman. Baker Mayfield might not be a choir boy, but he’s the best player in the nation.

2. Miami (10-0)

You might think that being down 28-14 to Virginia in the second half was cringe-worthy, but the Canes made up for things by storming back with 30 unanswered points. Now they finally have to go away from South Florida for the first time since almost losing to North Carolina last month.

3. Alabama (11-0)

Tide gonna roll. But this Cupcake Weekend in the SEC has got to stop. While teams in other conferences are slugging it out against rivals, Bama gets to take a day off against Mercer? It’s just not fair. Also, Bama’s schedule is so soft, there’s no way it deserves to be the No. 1 team in the country.

4. Georgia (10-1)

The Dawgs should wrap an 11-1 regular season this weekend against Georgia Tech. But the SEC title game presents a kind of no-win scenario: undefeated Alabama or Auburn, who throttled Georgia earlier this month.

5. Wisconsin (11-0)

You didn’t need Wisconsin to do what it did to Iowa and Michigan to prove it had one of the best defenses in the country — but that sure didn’t help. Stockpiling national love with those two wins, a win in the Big Ten title game figures to make the Badgers a Playoff lock.

6. Clemson (10-1)

Why’d Kelly Bryant have to go and get hurt for that Syracuse game? The Tigers would be No. 1 and the undisputed best team in the country. Still, though, a win over Miami in the ACC title game ought to get the champs back into the Playoff.

7. Auburn (9-2)

Great job pounding Louisiana-Monroe, Tigers. You shall not escape the wrath over Cupcake Weekend in the SEC. That dumb game aside, Auburn and Alabama will meet in a titanic Iron Bowl this weekend with a trip to the SEC title game on the line — and perhaps a Playoff spot, as well.

8. Ohio State (9-2)

Not that pummeling Illinois is any big deal, but the Buckeyes are still alive in this thing and look like a team capable of making some Playoff noise. First, Ohio State has to win The Game and then the Big Ten title game to knock out undefeated Wisconsin.

9. Notre Dame (9-2)

Out of the Playoff chase thanks to that loss at Miami, Notre Dame squeaked by Navy this past weekend. Hope a New Year’s Six bowl game is enough for the Irish. We know it’s not enough for those ND fans. So maybe join a conference? Just saying.

10. TCU (9-2)

The Frogs can still make their mark on the Playoff race, even if they can’t get in themselves. The Big 12 title game will almost surely be TCU’s attempt at revenge on Oklahoma. Unfortunately, if revenge does come, it will probably cannibalize the conference’s Playoff hopes, too.

11. Penn State (9-2)

Why Penn State gave up 44 points to Nebraska, I do not know. What I do know is that probably no one cared because Penn State is going to go down as the most inconsequential 10-2 team of all-time. Such a bummer considering the preseason expectations for both the team and Saquon Barkley.

12. USC (10-2)

Yeah, I guess there’s still a way for USC to make the Playoff, but it’s hard to imagine that madness unfolding, even in the oft-mad college football. The Trojans get the winner of the Apple Cup in the Pac-12 title game.

13. UCF (10-0)

Finally we get our much-anticipated UCF-USF showdown this weekend. Make it count, Knights. This is probably gonna be Scott Frost’s last regular-season game in Orlando.

14. Washington (9-2)

It’s hard to say who has the edge in the Apple Cup, but certainly the stakes are high, with the winner going off to play USC in the Pac-12 title game. Can either team make the Playoff? Well, probably not, no.

15. Washington State (9-2)

Is this it for Mike Leach on The Palouse? He could be a hot candidate this offseason and leave for perceived greener pastures. Winning the Apple Cup would go a long way toward making that happen.

16. Mississippi State (8-3)

A win in the Egg Bowl means a 9-3 regular season for the Bulldogs with their three losses coming against three top-10 teams.

17. Oklahoma State (8-3)

Poor Okie State has been so good all year and had two losses to the two best teams in its conference, and then it went and lost to K-State for some ridiculous reason. The Mullet deserved better in 2017.

18. Northwestern (8-3)

The Cats are the fourth-best team in the Big Ten, simple as that, with wins over Michigan State and Iowa and conference losses to Wisconsin and Penn State. As commendable an effort as you’ll find in a highly competitive league. Plus, Fitz’s team is on a six-game win streak that could end up extending to eight.

19. Stanford (8-3)

Already with a win over Washington, Stanford could close the regular season with two wins over top-10 teams in its final three games. Also Bryce Love is back in the groove after back-to-back 100-yard games.

20. Memphis (9-1)

The Tigers have lost just one game all season, to the best Group of Five team out there. Heck of a season by Memphis.

21. Michigan State (8-3)

A 17-7 win over Maryland couldn't have been the most exciting way for anyone to spend their weekend. Sparty's had a mighty fine season, though, considering how badly things went in 2016.

22. LSU (8-3)

The SEC has seemingly gotten increasingly better as the year has progressed, with LSU and Mississippi State making for a solid-enough middle tier. But remember when LSU lost to Troy? That wasn’t good.

23. South Florida (9-1)

If not for that loss to Houston, USF’s showdown with UCF this weekend would be for Group of Five supremacy. Even without that, though, this should be a highly entertaining affair.

24. Virginia Tech (8-3)

The Hokies have a chance to salvage their tumble at the close of the season with a win at Virginia. But given how well the Cavs played at Miami this past weekend, a VT win is no sure thing.

25. Iowa State (7-4)

I understand the math and all, but can't the Big 12 just suspend its rules and send Iowa State to the title game? We all want to see the OU-ISU rematch. Why are you preventing us from being happy, Big 12?