It’s always so hard to gauge teams this early in the season. Most of the top teams play those “roster” games, as Lou Holtz likes to put it, so you see these nice 69-3 scores over the Furmans and the Alcorn States of the world. You learn absolutely nothing you didn’t previously know. (Yes, Nick Chubb is good. No, Baylor’s offense won’t slow down that much without Bryce Petty. Well, of course Ole Miss is athletic.)
This gets us nowhere. Even the games against ranked teams (or, at least a ranked team vs. a respectable team) can’t do us much good in Week 1. It confirms some sort of bias in a lot of ways, or there’s an overcorrection of sorts. I’m still a little shocked Texas A&M didn’t vault all the way up to No. 8 in the polls after dispatching Arizona State.
But we have to rank somebody, or just say “all teams are good,” and while the latter is definitely a thing I’m more interested in doing, that’s not going to get me paid or get you riled up to tell me I don’t deserve my job in the comments. And where’s the fun in that?
This is the first-ever edition of the “Your Bias” Uproxx College Football Power Rankings. There will be one of these each week. I rank teams for a lot of reasons, and just because I rank someone 18th when they’re 12th in both polls doesn’t mean I hate your team. I actually probably love your team and don’t want to get my heart broken again, so I’m tempering expectations.
1. Ohio State (1-0)
Last game: Beat Virginia Tech, 42-24
Next up: Saturday vs. Hawaii
Knowing what I know right now, which isn’t much, the only team that is going to beat Ohio State is Ohio State, at least until the latter stages of the season. And I say that for a couple reasons. A.) That schedule isn’t going to get any tougher any time soon. The Virginia Tech game was the biggest land mine until arguably November. 2.) Urban Meyer has so many playmakers on both sides of the ball the only worry is this team starts to believe how good they really are and starts to stop playing as hard. And D.) There’s a chance Meyer has too many toys to play with and can’t settle himself down like an overexcited kid on Christmas. The constant switching between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller and Ezekiel Elliott taking direct snaps in the backfield and HEY LOOK A PUPPY had even the most ADD-addled person spinning, so I can’t imagine what it does to college kids. (This is by far the longest of the 25 blurbs, I promise.)