College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Poll Top 25 after Week 1

Alabama-Florida State inspired the hype of a College Football Playoff game, but we’re still four months from that stage. Until the CFP committee circles its wagons, it’s up to the Associated Press to provide us with the only college football rankings that matter.

What will the first in-season AP Top 25 look like? Here’s our best guess:

College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Poll Top 25 after Week 1

Dropped out:  Virginia Tech (No. 22 — projected loss), Texas (No. 23)

25. Notre Dame  (Entering week: Unranked)

24. TCU  (Entering week: Unranked)

23. Washington State (projected win; in action vs. Montana State | Entering week: No. 24)

22. South Florida  (Entering week: No. 19)

Following an up-and-down performance at San Jose State on opening weekend, the Bulls nearly fell to FCS Stony Brook at home this Saturday afternoon. Charlie Strong’s team won’t spend much more time in the Top 25 if it insists on scaring its fans every week.

21. Florida  (Entering week: No. 17)

20. Tennessee (projected win; plays Monday night vs. Georgia Tech)

19. Kansas State  (Entering week: No. 20)

18. West Virginia  (Projected win; plays No. 21 Virginia Tech on Sunday | Entering week: No. 22)

17. Miami  (Entering week: No. 18)

16. Louisville  (Entering week: No. 16)

Defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson stuffed the stat sheet in a close win vs. Purdue. He finished with nearly 500 combined passing and rushing yards and appears well on his way to matching his video-game numbers of last season.

15. Georgia  (Entering week: No. 15)

14. Stanford  (Entering week: No. 14)

13. LSU (projected win; in action vs. BYU | Entering week: No. 13)

12. Auburn  (Entering week: No. 12)

Much-hyped QB Jarrett Stidham looked a little rusty in a 41-7 win over Georgia Southern. Granted, Stidham had not played in nearly 2 years, but he didn’t get much help from his wideouts en route to earning mixed reviews. The Tigers travel to Clemson next weekend.

11. Oklahoma State  (Entering week: No. 10)

10. Wisconsin  (Entering week: No. 9)

9. Washington  (Entering week: No. 8)

8. Michigan  (Entering week: No. 11)

Big winners vs. No. 17 Florida in Arlington, the Wolverines held the Gators to 3 offensive points. Jim Harbaugh still needs to maneuver through a deadly Big Ten East, but Saturday was a great start to his third season in Ann Arbor.

7. Oklahoma  (Entering week: No. 7)

6. USC  (Entering week: No. 4)

The Trojans received a major scare from a P.J. Fleck-less Western Michigan at the Coliseum. A pair of late touchdowns rescued the team’s national championship aspirations and kept QB Sam Darnold in the thick of the Heisman race.

5. Florida State  (Entering week: No. 3)

4. Penn State (Entering week: No. 6)

3. Clemson  (Entering week: No. 5)

2. Ohio State  (Entering week: No. 2)

1. Alabama  (Entering week: No. 1)

Another year, another dominant group for Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide look like a clear-cut No. 1 choice after dominating Florida State on defense and special teams. It might be a long year — again — for the rest of the SEC West.

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