The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up right where they left off in the 2014 season. The defending champions avenged their only loss from last season, defeating Virginia Tech 42-24. After their win on Monday, Kirk Herbstreit picked the Buckeyes as his No.1 team. While it wasn’t the Buckeyes’ best performance, their play was certainly impressive for a season opening win.
Interestingly enough, a new star was born for the Buckeyes. Two time Big Ten offensive Player of the year Braxton Miller may have found his true calling at wide receiver. Actually, Miller plays H-back for the Buckeyes, so he lined up all over the field, displaying an array of tantalizing moves against Virginia Tech. In all, Miller had two touchdowns, including a touchdown reception, giving Ohio State the lead for good in the second half.
There were no real upsets in the first week of the season, so a lot of familiar names will appear in the inaugural power poll of 2015. However, the UCLA Bruins may have captured the hearts of America with their performance over Virginia. Freshman Josh Rosen led the Bruins to the victory, seamlessly replacing Brett Hundley at quarterback. In one game, Rose has already vaulted into the Heisman race, but that’s for another time.
Here is the first edition of William’s Power Poll.
1. Ohio State Buckeyes: Cardale Jones earned the earned the starting nod at quarterback. He only completed 50 percent of his passes, but ran for 99 yards on the night. Jones accounted for three touchdowns, leading the Buckeyes to a victory. Ezekiel Elliott scored on his first run of the season. Next game vs. Hawaii.
2. TCU Horned Frogs: The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early lead, and held on for a win at Minnesota. Trevone Boykin had an up and down game, but the TCU defense came to play for 60 minutes. Next game vs. Stephen F. Austin.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide: Alabama smashed the Wisconsin Badgers in the season opener. Derrick Henry rushed for 147 yards on 13 carries, with three touchdowns. Jacob Coker got the majority of the snaps at QB, but Cooper Bateman was impressive in his limited action. Next game vs. Middle Tennessee.
4. Baylor Bears: Baylor struggled with the SMU Mustangs early on. They turned a seven point second half lead into a 56-21 victory. The Bears are explosive as ever, and Seth Russell is the real deal. He threw five touchdown passes in week 1. Next game vs. Lamar
5. Michigan State Spartans: Michigan State’s defense played very well against an underrated Western Michigan Broncos team. They were hurt by the special teams Kick off team, giving up a touchdown. The Spartans must be at their best this weekend. Next game vs. Oregon.
6. UCLA Bruins: The Bruins looked impressive with Rosen at the helm. They have a strong schedule coming up soon, so we will know if UCLA is one of the best teams in the country. Next game vs. UNLV.
7. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Malik Zaire showed why Notre Dame was eager to part ways with Everett Golson. The new QB completed 19/22 passes for 313 yards, and three touchdowns. The Fighting Irish were impressive as a team. Next game vs. Virginia.
8. Georgia Bulldogs: Georgia had an easy victory over Louisiana-Monroe. They scored 51 points in a storm-shortened game. Greyson Lambert threw 12 passes, and two of them went for touchdowns. Nick Chubb and Keith Marshall scored two touchdowns apiece. Next game vs. Vanderbilt.
9. Auburn Tigers: Auburn survived their game with Louisville and it may be looked upon as a great win in a month or so. However, Jeremy Johnson threw three interceptions. It’s not the way he wanted to start his season. Next game vs. Jacksonville State.
10. Florida State Seminoles: Everett Golson became the starter for the Seminoles, leading them to 59 points in the season opener. Golson threw four touchdown passes, while Dalvin Cook ran for two scores. Next game vs. South Florida.
11. Clemson Tigers: The Clemson Tigers crushed Wofford, but that was expected. They should have another easy win before the schedule gets really tough. Next game vs. Appalachian State.
12. USC Trojans: The USC Trojans put up 55 points in their season debut. This could be a familiar theme for the Trojans all season. Next game vs. Idaho.
13. Oregon Ducks: When Vernon Adams transferred to Oregon from Eastern Washington, he didn’t do it to face his old team. He is with the Ducks to defeat teams like Michigan State. Oregon’s defense did not show well in week 1. Will they be better on the road? Next game vs. Michigan State
14. LSU Tigers: The LSU Tigers couldn’t even get into their game due to the weather. After a long delay, the whole contest was called off. It would have been nice for the quarterbacks to get some live game reps. Next game vs. Mississippi State.
15. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Justin Thomas didn’t play much in their demolition of Alcorn State. Georgia Tech has another great running game this season. Next game vs. Tulane.
16. Oklahoma Sooners: The Oklahoma Sooners dominated Akron 41-3. It was Baker Mayfield’s first start at quarterback since 2013. The competition gets heavy this weekend when the Sooners go on the road. Next game vs. Tennessee.