Florida State tops the opening week Congrove Computer Rankings released today. The 2017college football season kicks off on Saturday. Big Ten members Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State hold the 2nd through 4th spots, with Oklahoma in 5th.
The lofty ranking for the Sooners is somewhat of a surprise, given Bob Stoops retirement announcement on June 7. But the reins were handed over to 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley who was anticipated to be the school's next head coach - just not this soon. Considered to be one of the top offensive guru's in college football, Riley won the 2015 Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant.
Perennial national title contender Alabama is 6th, and defending national champion Clemson is 8th.
7th-ranked Stanford and 22nd-ranked USF will see action this week as the Cardinal open in Australia against Rice, and the Bulls travel to San Jose State. Both are hefty favorites in their respective matches.
Georgia Tech checks in at No. 9, just ahead of Washington and Washington State. Last year, the Huskies made the final 4 where they were throttled 24-7 by Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl semifinal. Their state rival, the Cougars, underperformed last season but return a wealth of talent to this year's squad.
Combined, the ACC and SEC have nearly half of the teams in this week's Top 25 as each places 6 members in the upper echelon. The PAC-12 and Big Ten each have 4, followed by the American with 3 and the Big 12 with just 2.