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    Ohio State’s CJ Stroud leads the Buckeyes to a win over Notre Dame (AP Photo/David Dermer)

    It’s only the first week of the 2022 college football season, and unfortunately, the Pac-12 is already in the middle of the season and quickly dropped out of the college football playoff conversation.

    Well, not quite. AP No. 14 USC did get hurt 66-14 with Rice, not one, not two, but three sixes. But No. 11 Oregon was destroyed by No. 3 Georgia, and No. 7 Utah entered the Gainesville Swamp and beat unranked Florida with an L.

    No rankings yet, that’s all.

    After beating Utah in Billy Napier’s head coaching debut, the Gators will move quickly into the Associated Press polls, possibly all the way to the top 10. Every bit of Anthony Richardson’s health early last season was as dynamic as we remember it, according to Bleacher Report’s college football experts David Kenyon, Adam Kramer, Kerry Miller, Morgan Moriarty and Brad Shepard are now at least a top 10 team.

    While that upset was fading Saturday night, No. 2 Ohio State in the Associated Press gradually showed its willingness to beat No. 5 Notre Dame 21-10 in the main event on the opening weekend.

    In the first play of the game, the Irishman had 54 yards (69 if you count a 15-yard rude passing free throw) before the Buckeyes lost Jaxon Smith-Njigba to a leg. Injured midway through the first quarter (fingers crossed, it wasn’t serious). But Ohio State has too much talent, too much toughness and too much Myan Williams and Trevyan Henderson for a big win.

    We’ll update these rankings on Monday night if Clemson struggles in the Chick-fil-A kickoff or even loses to Georgia Tech, but as we wait for the final game of Week 1, here’s what we agree Situation 2 of the top 25 entering the week:

    1. Alabama (previous ranking: 1)
    2. Georgia (3)
    3. Ohio State University (2)
    4. Clemson (4)
    5. Michigan (8)
    6. Texas A&M (7)
    7. Florida (NR)
    8. Oklahoma (15)
    9. University of Southern California (11)
    10. Notre Dame Cathedral (5)
    11. Arkansas (16)
    12. Michigan State University (12)
    13. Miami (17)
    14 (tie). Baylor (14)
    14 (tie). Brigham Young (23)
    14 (tie). Wisconsin (18)
    17. Oklahoma (9)
    18. Utah (6)
    19. Tennessee (NR)
    20. Pittsburgh (25)
    21. Penn State University (19 tons)
    22. Kentucky (24)
    23. Houston (19 tons)
    24. Texas (22)
    25. North Carolina (10)

    Also up for vote: Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Mississippi

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    Stetson Bennett of Georgia (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

    After breaking through and winning the 2019 national championship, LSU had 14 players in the NFL draft…and then crashed and burned.

    But if you’re concerned that defending national champion Georgia could suffer a similar fate after it has 15 players in the 2022 NFL draft, including five first-round picks, Saturday’s 49-3 win over No. 11 Oregon should will quell these irrational fears.

    The passing attack is almost flawless. Stetson Bennett did most of the work, but Carson Baker also contributed 439 yards and three air touchdowns. Under new head coach (former UGA DC) Dan Lanning, the Bulldogs are averaging close to 12 yards per pass attempt in what should have been an excellent Oregon defense.

    Meanwhile, Georgia’s defense dominated the day, beating the Ponnicks twice in the first 20 minutes of the game and limiting the Ducks to one field goal. Before a pointless long drive in the final 10 minutes, Oregon’s total offense was just 221 yards.

    The Dougs didn’t have any sacks in this one, so it wasn’t exactly the same “OMG, how could anyone score on this defense?!” that they posted in their season opener against Clemson last year kind of statement. Still, it was a dominant performance, at least on par with what the Knicks have done with the Knicks over the past three years when they were quarterback at Auburn.

    If even Oregon can’t challenge this Georgia team remotely, it rightfully likely won’t face a serious test ahead of its SEC championship matchup with Alabama. The Bulldogs have just one game against their ranked opponents on the schedule, and that game at No. 20 in the Kentucky AP is two and a half months away.

    Get used to seeing these guys at or near the top of the rankings.

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    Devon Leary of North Carolina State University (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    The good news is that NC State didn’t actually lose its season opener in East Carolina.

    The bad news is that our 10th-ranked team in the preseason is confident in a 21-20 victory over the Buccaneers.

    Helped by a blocked punt recovering for a touchdown, the Wolves led 21-7 going into halftime. But we think one of the most potent offenses in the nation this season has been scoreless since then.

    It’s not for lack of opportunity. In one drive, the Wolfpack went 74 yards on the field, then fumbled on ECU 1. In the possession that followed, they scored a first-and-goal on ECU 1 before Demie Sumo-Karngbaye was tucked into the goal line four times in a row.

    That was the start of over 12 minutes, and the Wolfpack’s offense had 10 possessions from minus 4 yards with one interception and one turnover.

    Meanwhile, ECU got what appeared to be a tie for touchdowns until Owen Daffer missed the extra. He got redemption when a North Carolina 3-pointer left the Buccaneers with plenty of time to get into shooting range. Unfortunately, Duffer pushed a potentially game-winning 42-yard attempt to the right, allowing the Wolves to escape.

    All due respect ECU did win seven games last season and has one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the country, Holten Ahlers, but this game shouldn’t come down to the line. Because it does, we have to seriously question whether NC State is really the best candidate to replace Clemson in the ACC.

    Wolfpack dropped from 10th to 25th in our ranking.

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    Ben Bryant of Cincinnati (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    Well, No. 23 Cincinnati’s dreams of back-to-back college football playoffs are dashed.

    If the Pandas win their season opener at No. 19 Arkansas, the “undefeated season watch” will officially begin. Away games against SMU and UCF in late October won’t be easy, but if they’re 85% of the way they’ve been in years past, they really should have won the remaining 11 games.

    Alas, Cincinnati got off to a very slow first half in Fayetteville and couldn’t fully recover, eventually losing to the Wild Boars 31-24.

    Ben Bryant led the Bears outside the red zone in Cincinnati’s opener of the season before Arkansas DB Dwight McGlothern jumped for an outside interception and returned 51 yards to flip the field.

    Cincinnati had two other long drives in the first half that resulted in missed field goals.

    But despite digging a 14-0 hole early in the road, they chased back almost all the way.

    For three consecutive possessions in the second half, they sent the ball into Arkansas territory and needed a touchdown to tie the game. Instead, they made a field goal on a drive from Arkansas 3, a punt on a drive as deep as Arkansas 21, and an impressive Trey Tucker punt. An impressive striptease after the comeback.

    Cincinnati looked fine, rushing for a total of 438 yards against the SEC defense. This is likely to remain the third year in a row that the G5 is represented in New Year’s Six. It just hit itself in the foot multiple times this afternoon and suffered its first loss outside of a bowl season since the 2019 AAC Championship against Memphis.

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    Steve Sarkisian and Billy Robinson of Texas (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

    The priority for Week 2 is a noon ET matchup between AP-ranked Alabama and unranked Texas. It was the first time in more than a decade that the Crimson Tide played a real road game against a top-five nonconference opponent, Nick Saban’s former assistant Steve Sarkisian.

    should be a healthy diet rat poison within the next 7 days.

    The only game between the teams in the preseason AP poll is No. 25 BYU hosting No. 10 Baylor’s Nightcap (10:15pm ET). The Cougars have beaten at least one ranked opponent in each of the past four seasons, but they lost last year to the Bears in Waco. Provo’s little revenge would put BYU early in the college football playoff conversation.

    Pittsburgh, Tennessee, at No. 17 (3:30 p.m. ET) should also be a battle between ranked teams in a new Associated Press poll in a few days. The Panthers are looking to build on a Week 1 victory over West Virginia’s chaos in a revitalized backyard brawl, and the supposedly top-ranked Volunteers are ready for a game after a quick finish to Ball State on Thursday. Big test.

    Then came three major conference showdowns, with No. 19 Arkansas hosting South Carolina (noon ET), No. 20 Kentucky in Florida (7 p.m. ET) and No. 14 USC (US). 7:30 p.m. ET).

    While there’s nothing comparable at the Oregon-Georgia or Notre Dame-Ohio level, Week 2 should be just as interesting as Week 1 — albeit almost entirely contained within a day, rather than windows spaced more than 100 hours apart.

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