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CFN Rankings No. 1 to 119 - Week One
USC RB Stafon Johnson
USC RB Stafon Johnson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Sep 4, 2007


Ranking all the teams from one to 119 based on how good they are at the moment

There's one very important distinction in the CFN rankings: these are based on how good the teams are and NOT how they're going to finish. Some teams have easier schedules than others, some get tougher road games and some will need a little bit of time to jell meaning they might be better than their final record might indicate.

Rankings CFN Preseason

1. USC (1-0)
W, Idaho 38-10
next game: at Nebraska (Sept. 15)  
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ...
the injuries are starting to pile up. While the team has depth to spare, the bumps and bruises will start to take their toll soon. The win over Idaho was hardly a thing of beauty, and now the rust might creep in before facing a pumped up Nebraska in two weeks.

2.  LSU (1-0)
W, at Mississippi State W 45-0
next game: Virginia Tech
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the defense was in midseason form against Mississippi State, swarming all over the field and making life miserable for Miss State’s Michael Henig. The D alone could be good enough to beat USC.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the offense wasn’t exactly crisp against the Bulldogs, and MSU’s offense isn’t exactly Hawaii’s. QB Matt Flynn can’t be shaky against Virginia Tech.

3.
Oklahoma (1-0)
W, North Texas 79-10
next game: Miami
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … it’s not possible for a team to play any better than it did against North Texas in the first half. Sam Bradford looked like Peyton Manning, and DeMarco Murray emerged as a superstar.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ...
it’s North Texas. If Bradford, Murray and the boys can crank out yards and points like that against Miami, then it’ll be time to get excited.

4. Wisconsin (1-0)
W, Washington State, 42-21
next game: at UNLV
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … Tyler Donovan might actually be an upgrade at quarterback over John Stocco. While he’s not the same passer, he adds more mobility. The emergence of Lance Smith gives UW a killer backup RB behind P.J. Hill.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ...
the Badgers didn’t exactly tackle well against Washington State. This is still a “prove it” team that has keep winning impressively to overcome the current shadow of Big Ten doubt.

5. California
(1-0)
W, Tennessee, 45-31
next game: at Colorado State
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the offense appears ready to carve up anyone in America. Tennessee is still Tennessee, full of tremendous athletes that can run with anybody. Cal’s offense did whatever it wanted to.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the defense is still a major question mark. Tennessee was breaking in a slew of new receivers and Erik Ainge had a broken finger, but Cal still struggled to stop the Vol passing game.

6. Texas  (1-0)
W, Arkansas State 21-13
next game: TCU
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … Jamaal Charles appears to be back to his freshman form. Yeah, it was only against Arkansas State, but he looked good. If he’s great, the Texas offense will eventually be unstoppable. Eventually.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the offensive line still doesn’t look ready for prime time, and the defense was way too mediocre against a vastly inferior ASU offense.

7. Georgia Tech (1-0)
W, at Notre Dame, 33-3
next game: Samford
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … that wasn’t a fluke. The Georgia Tech defense is going to be among the nastiest in America, while the offensive line showed against the Irish just how dominant it can be.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the passing game hasn’t clicked yet. Was Taylor Bennett just a little off or is the air attack going to be a problem all year? Don’t read too much into beating a lousy Notre Dame team.

8. Florida (1-0)
W, Western Kentucky, 49-3
next game: Troy
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … Tim Tebow sure doesn’t look like he’ll have any problems in his decision making. It might have only been a blow out over Western Kentucky, but it was still an important performance for the sophomore.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
it was Western Kentucky. The Gators are getting time to tune up, but there are still major question marks about the overall youth and inexperience.

9. Louisville (1-0)
W, Murray State 73-10
next game: at Middle Tennessee
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the machine got a warm-up game to get rolling. The offense probably won’t miss a beat under the new coaching staff. Brian Brohm might be even better than he gets credit for..
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
it’ll be a wait-and-see situation with the defense. Middle Tennessee won’t pose any sort of a challenge, but Kentucky will.

10. Nebraska  (1-0)
W, Nevada, 52-10
next game: at Wake Forest
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the questions about Marlon Lucky’s ability as a 20+ carry back have been answered for now. If he can be the focal point of the offense, Sam Keller and the passing game will explode.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
Keller wasn’t amazing out of the gate. If he doesn’t light up a mediocre Wake Forest secondary, there might be a little cause for concern.

11. West Virginia
(1-0)
W, Western Michgian 62-24

next game: at Marshall
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … Pat White and Steve Slaton are still Pat White and Steve Slaton. White appears to be an even better passer this year.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
Western Michigan stopped the Mountaineer ground game cold in the first quarter. White made the Broncos pay through the air, but anyone with a great set of corners could use the WMU blueprint and possibly succeed.

12. UCLA (1-0)
W, at Stanford 45-17
next game: BYU
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … Ben Olsen made several big plays against Stanford. While he wasn’t always on target, he did what he needed to do in a nice first game before dealing with BYU. The balance is there to take the pressure off him.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the pass rush wasn’t there against Stanford. The Bruins lived and died against the better teams by getting to the quarterback. The pressure needs to be there against the Cougars.

13. Virginia Tech (1-0)
W, East Carolina 17-7
next game: at LSU
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the defense was once against the Virginia Tech defense. It swarmed all over East Carolina and appears ready to be among the best in the nation again. Let’s just assume the pressure of the situation made the Hokies a little tight.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
Sean Glennon was once again Sean Glennon. The Hokie running game alone can’t beat LSU.

14. Ohio State  (1-0)
W, Youngstown State 38-6
next game: Akron
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … it’s so far, so good for Todd Boeckman. He wasn’t really tested against Youngstown State, and won’t be against Akron, but he should quickly progress. The Buckeyes still have a boatload of talent.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
it was Youngstown State. Boeckman will have to prove he can produce under pressure. RB Chris Wells can’t be so mediocre for an extended stretch.

15. Penn State (1-0)
W, FIU 59-0
next game: Notre Dame
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … this could end up being the Big Ten’s best team. Very quietly, the pieces have come together with a phenomenal defense and an improved passing game. This might be one of the ten best teams in America.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the running game didn’t exactly explode against FIU. Austin Scott has to be far, far better or else this will eventually become a pure passing team.

16. Georgia (1-0)
W, Oklahoma State 35-14
next game: South Carolina
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … that was a very good, very dangerous Oklahoma State team the Dawgs beat with ease. RB Thomas Brown is back and apparently stronger than ever.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
it shouldn’t be. That was the type of win that should announce Georgia as a true player in the SEC race. We’ll know more next week after the South Carolina showdown.

17. Miami (1-0)
W, Marshall 31-3
next game: at Oklahoma
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … of Javarris James and Graig Cooper. A nasty running game along with this defense should be enough to make Miami one of the ACC’s top contenders.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the quarterback situation still stinks. Kirby Freeman did nothing against Marshall to show that the passing game will be any better.

18. Rutgers (1-0)
W, Buffalo 38-3
next game: Navy
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … there’s now a passing game. All off-season, QB Mike Teel was sharp in practices, and it carried over in the opener against Buffalo. If he can continue to make the big throws when available, the offense will unstoppable.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
it’s not. This appears to be just as good a team as Louisville and West Virginia early on.

19. Clemson (0-0)
W, Florida State 24-18
next game: UL Monroe
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the team looked like a world-beater for a half against Florida State. The defense showed off its tremendous athleticism, while James Davis and C.J. Spiller showed once again how dangerous they can be against even the fastest of defenses.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
of QB Cullen Harper. He had a nice game against the Noles, and didn’t make any major mistakes, but when the offense bogged down in the second half, he struggled to keep things moving.

20. Oregon State (1-0)
W, Utah 24-7
next game: at Cincinnati
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the win over Utah is better than you think. It helps that Brian Johnson was knocked out, but the Beavers were fast, tough, and dominant despite being without top WR Sammie Stroughter.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the quarterback situation still isn’t settled. Sean Canfield was mediocre and Lyle Moevao was awful. Oregon State can’t make much noise in the Pac 10 without good quarterback play.

21. Florida State (0-1)
L, at Clemson 24-18
next game: UAB
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the Noles took Clemson’s best shot and showed tremendous heart to have a shot at the win late. The defense had a better game than you think, while Antone Smith showed the potential to be a star back if used right.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the offensive line still has problems and there’s still little running game. Drew Weatherford didn’t get enough time to operate, and he was forced to eat the ball way too often. Defenses can get to the passer in the ACC, and FSU needs to figure something out quickly.

22. Missouri (1-0)
W, at Illinois 40-34
next game: at Ole Miss
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … Chase Daniel is operating a juggernaut of an offense. This Tiger attack showed against Illinois just how explosive and dangerous is can be, however ….
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the offense dried up late in the second half and helped allow Illinois to get back in the game. The Tigers are awful at closing, and they’re going to need to show they can produce for a full sixty minutes.

23. Michigan (0-1)
L, Appalachian State 34-32
next game: Oregon
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … the offense is still among the best in America. If we’re really ranking teams based on how good they are right now, Michigan would probably beat most of the teams ranked higher.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
you don’t lose to Appalachian State. You don’t. Call this a one-week cooling off period for the ranking. If the Wolverines don’t look great against Oregon, it might be out of the top 25.

24. Texas A&M (1-0)
W, Montana State 38-7
next game: Fresno State
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … there are too many rushing weapons to deal with. A&M blew away Montana State with Stephen McGee being the star runner. However ….
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
… McGee’s passing was off. Call it first game rust, but the Aggies have to show some semblance of consistent balance.

25. Auburn (1-0)
W, Kansas State 23-13
next game: South Florida
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because … a more experienced team and a veteran coaching staff would’ve found a way to close out against the Tigers. Kansas State had the game won, and blew it.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ..
the offense isn’t there yet. The Tiger attack struggled way too much against the Wildcats, with a running game that was ineffective and a passing attack that didn’t shine until late.

26. TCU (1-0)
27. Arizona State (1-0)
28. Tennessee  (0-1)
29. Texas Tech (1-0)
30. Boston College  (1-0)
31. Maryland (1-0)
32. South Florida (1-0)
33. Oklahoma State (0-1)
34. Kansas State (0-1)
35. Arkansas (1-0)
36. Oregon (1-0)
37. South Carolina (1-0)
38. Alabama (1-0)
39. BYU (1-0)
40. Purdue (1-0)
41. Boise State (1-0)
42. Iowa (1-0)
43. Wake Forest (0-1)
44. Washington State (0-1)
45. Illinois (0-1)
46. Colorado (1-0)
47. Washington (1-0)
48. Kentucky (1-0)
49. Utah (0-1)
50. Notre Dame (0-1)
51. Hawaii (1-0)
52. Michigan State (1-0)
53. Vanderbilt (1-0)
54. Pitt (1-0)
55. Kansas (1-0)
56. Arizona (0-1)
57. Ole Miss (1-0)
58. Southern Miss (1-0)
59. Colorado State (0-1)
60. Mississippi State (0-1)
61. Northwestern (1-0)
62. Cincinnati (1-0)
63. Syracuse (0-1)
64. Nevada (0-1)
65. Stanford (0-1)
66. Wyoming (1-0)
67. Indiana (1-0)
68. Fresno State (1-0)
69. Connecticut (1-0)
70. North Carolina (1-0)
71. Bowling Green (1-0)
72. UTEP (1-0)
73. Central Michigan (0-1)
74. New Mexico (0-1)
75. Virginia (0-1)
76. Baylor (0-1)
77. San Jose State (0-1)
78. Tulsa (1-0)
79. Houston (0-1)
80. Western Michigan (0-1)
81. Minnesota (0-1)
82. UCF (1-0)
83. SMU (0-1)
84. Memphis (0-1)
85. NC State (0-1)
86. Northern Illinois (0-1)
87. Toledo (0-1)
88  Marshall (0-1)
89. East Carolina (0-1)
90. San Diego State (0-0)
91. Kent State (1-0)
92. Navy (1-0)
93. Iowa State (0-1)
94. Akron (1-0)
95. Duke (0-1)
96. Ohio (1-0)
97. Miami University (1-0)
98. Air Force (1-0)
99. UNLV (1-0)
100. Arkansas State (0-1)
101. Ball State (0-1)
102. Troy (0-1)
103. New Mexico State (1-0)
104. Tulane (0-0)
105. UL Monroe (0-1)
106. Florida Atlantic (1-0)
107. Middle Tennessee (0-1)
108. Louisiana Tech (1-0)
109. Temple (0-1)
110. Idaho (0-1)
111. UAB (0-1)
112. UL Lafayette (0-1)
113. Eastern Michigan (0-1)
114. Buffalo (0-1)
115. Utah State (0-1)
116. Army (0-1)
117. Rice (0-1)
118. North Texas (0-1)
119. FIU (0-1)