Berry Tramel’s reality rankings: Why Florida State is No. 1 after Week 1

Berry Tramel’s reality rankings: Why Florida State is No. 1 after Week 1

Scissortales: Duke and Colorado round out the top three in this reminder that college football rankings should be based on what teams have done, not what we think they will do.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Sep 5, 2023, 2:02pm CDT

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Sep 5, 2023, 2:02pm CDT

My Tuesday ScissorTales during football season will rank the college football teams, based not on what I think these teams will do or where they will go, but where they are now.

Who have they played? Where did they play? How did they do?

That’s what we want from the College Football Playoff committee, right? We don’t want the committee ranking Alabama No. 1 just because it’s Alabama, and Wyoming No. 94 just because it’s Wyoming.

So why do we do it in September? As we sit here on September 5, Wyoming has done more than Alabama.

Do I believe that Bama is better than Wyoming? Sure, and that’s completely beside the point. It all will come out in the wash. We’ve got to get to the place where we judge teams based on what they’ve done, not what we believe they will do.

With that said, here is my initial top 10, after Week 1.

  1. Florida State 1-0: Beating Louisiana State on a semi-neutral field in Orlando was impressive. Dominating LSU 45-24 signals the Seminoles as a threat to make the playoff.
  2. Duke 1-0: A 28-7 win over Clemson might say as much about Clemson as it does Duke, but it still says a lot about Duke.
  3. Colorado 1-0: Winning at Texas Christian ends all the speculation about whether Deion Sanders was a hype machine. He was not.
  4. North Carolina 1-0: Tar Heels were impressive in a 31-17, neutral-field win over South Carolina.
  5. Wyoming 1-0: An overtime win over Texas Tech will scare off all power-conference teams for the next 10 years from agreeing to come to Laramie.
  6. Utah 1-0: Without quarterback Cameron Rising, the Utes whacked Florida 24-11.
  7. Washington 1-0: The Huskies’ 56-19 rout of Boise State was quite a statement.
  8. Texas State 1-0: Only four power-conference teams lost at home – Indiana (to Ohio State), TCU, Purdue (to Fresno State) and Baylor, the latter to Texas State 42-31.
  9. Fresno State 1-0: The Bulldogs play at Arizona State next week. Sometimes, mid-majors play a better September schedule than some power-conference teams.
  10. Louisville 1-0: The Cardinals beat Georgia Tech 39-34 in Atlanta, but in the Falcons’ coliseum, not Bobby Dodd Stadium.
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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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