NFP Top 25
Oklahoma is very good, but LSU has already proven that it deserves its top spot in the first in-season edition of the NFP Top 25.
The Tigers took care of business Saturday night against Oregon at Cowboys Stadium, but that was just the first step in what should prove to be a long, arduous journey this fall.
Let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the rest of the Top 25 teams in the nation after the first week of the year.
2011 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.
1. LSU (1-0) 
WON 40-27 vs. Oregon
The Tigers held the Ducks to less than 100 yards on the ground as Les Miles’ squad won their 34th consecutive nonconference game — the longest streak in the nation.
ICONLandry Jones and the Sooners had no trouble scoring against Tulsa.
2. Oklahoma (1-0) 
WON 47-14 vs. Tulsa
The Sooners extended the nation’s longest home winning streak at 37 behind Landry Jones’ 375 passing yards and Ryan Broyles’ 158 receiving yards.
3. Alabama (1-0) 
WON 48-7 vs. Kent State
Trent Richardson scored three times on the ground and the Crimson Tide’s stout defense allowed head coach Nick Saban’s alma mater just six first downs on the day in the win.
4. Boise State (1-0) 
WON 35-21 vs. Georgia
Kellen Moore and the Broncos beat their third Top 20 opponent to begin a season in the last three years — Oregon in 2009, Virginia Tech in 2010 and Georgia this season.
5. Florida State (1-0) 
WON 34-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
E.J. Manuel threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns and the Seminoles defense held the Warhawks to 191 total yards and 12 first downs in the win.
6. Oklahoma State (1-0) 
WON 61-34 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Todd Monken won his debut as the new offensive coordinator in Stillwater as the Cowboys won their 16th straight home opener.
7. Virginia Tech (1-0) 
WON 66-13 vs. Appalachian State
David Wilson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and the Hokies scored on a blocked punt for the 17th time under Frank Beamer in the win.
8. Nebraska (1-0) 
WON 40-7 vs. Chattanooga
The Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener — the longest streak in the nation — behind 135 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Taylor Martinez.
9. Arkansas (1-0) 
WON 51-7 vs. Missouri State
Joe Adams tied an SEC record with two punt returns for touchdowns as the Razorbacks cruised to victory over the Bears.
10. Oregon (0-1) 
LOST 40-27 vs. LSU
11. Stanford (1-0) 
WON 57-3 vs. San Jose State
The Cardinal defense forced six Spartans fumbles and recovered three of them as David Shaw won his head-coaching debut.
12. Texas A&M (1-0) 
WON 46-14 vs. SMU
Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael each ran for two touchdowns as the Aggies possibly began their final season in the Big 12 with a victory.
ICONStephen Garcia came off the bench and gave the Gamecocks a spark against East Carolina.
13. South Carolina (1-0) 
WON 56-37 vs. East Carolina
Stephen Garcia came off the bench to lead the Gamecocks to 56 points as Steve Spurrier improved to 42-0 against schools outside the BCS automatic qualifying conferences.
14. Ohio State (1-0) 
WON 42-0 vs. Akron
Luke Fickell’s debut contest went smoothly as Joe Bauserman ran for a touchdown and threw three to tight end Jake Stoneburner in the victory.
15. Mississippi State (1-0) 
WON 59-14 at Memphis
Vick Ballard rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs took care of business against the Tigers at the Liberty Bowl.
16. Wisconsin (1-0) 
WON 51-17 vs. UNLV
In his debut for the Badgers, Russell Wilson ran for a 46-yard touchdown and threw two scores while Montee Ball found the end zone four times as Bret Bielema’s squad cruised to victory over the Rebels.
17. Michigan State (1-0) 
WON 28-6 vs. Youngstown State
B.J. Cunningham had nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown as the Spartans eventually pulled away from the Penguins after a sloppy start.
18. West Virginia (1-0) 
WON 34-13 vs. Marshall
Geno Smith completed 26 of 35 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns as West Virginia improved its record against its in-state rival to 11-0 in Dana Holgorsen’s debut as head coach.
19. Florida (1-0) 
WON 41-3 vs. Florida Atlantic
Will Muschamp’s head-coaching debut was a success as Chris Rainey scored three different ways and the Gators ran an efficient offense under new coordinator Charlie Weis.
20. Auburn (1-0) 
WON 42-38 vs. Utah State
Auburn used a furious comeback in the final minutes to claim its 16th straight win — nine of which have been by eight points or less.
ICONRobert Woods set a Trojans single-game record with 17 catches against Minnesota.
21. USC (1-0) 
WON vs. Minnesota 19-17
Robert Woods set a USC single-game record with 17 catches as the Trojans held on to beat the Gophers. Woods had 177 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
22. Missouri (1-0) 
WON 17-6 vs. Miami (OH)
The Tigers used Dayonne Nunley’s interception to lock up its victory and extend their nonconference regular-season winning streak to 22.
23. Maryland (1-0) 
WON vs. Miami (FL) 32-24
Randy Edsall bested Al Golden in a battle of head-coaching debuts behind 348 passing yards and a touchdown from last year’s ACC freshman of the year Danny O’Brien.
24. TCU (0-1) 
LOST 50-48 at Baylor
TCU’s FBS-best winning streak of 25 consecutive regular-season games came to an end despite rallying from a 47-23 deficit in the fourth quarter to briefly take the lead.
25. North Carolina (1-0) [NR]
WON 42-10 vs. James Madison
Bryn Renner threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns while setting an ACC record for highest single-game completion percentage as the Tar Heels made interim head coach Everett Withers a winner in his debut.
On the cusp: Arizona State, Northwestern, Texas, Penn State, BYU, South Florida, Baylor and Iowa
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