NCAA Football Picks: Week 1 College Football Power Rankings

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Though the AP and US Today come out with their polls every single week, there isn't a college football betting power poll like the one you're going to find at Cappers Info! Check out the 25 most impressive teams of the season to date with our NCAA football picks.

1: Boise State Broncos: The Broncos might not ultimately end up being the class of the college football betting world this year, but there is no doubt that they are for real after having the goods to take care of Virginia Tech in a de facto road game after blowing a big lead.

2: Alabama Crimson Tide: The Crimson Tide are still going to be one of the best teams in the country for the entire season, but for now, their win over San Jose State isn't as impressive as Boise State's over V-Tech.

3: Ohio State Buckeyes: Terrelle Pryor was impressive this week, but we can't get too caught up in the fact that it was Marshall that he ran all over. Bigger challenges will be on the horizon, and inevitably, a win against Miami this week will boost the Buckeyes.

4: TCU Horned Frogs: Give TCU a heck of a lot of credit for ditching a very stingy Oregon State team. Don't worry about the fact that the margin of victory wasn't what it could have been in this one either. The Horned Frogs are for real and could legitimately be a BCS spoiler for the entire season.

5: Oregon Ducks: The Quack Attack is back! Many thought that the loss of Jeremiah Masoli would be the death of the Ducks. However, the offense rolled off 720 yards in a win against New Mexico last week that sees them getting off to a great start to the season. More impressive victories like that could be on the way.

6: Nebraska Cornhuskers: Big Red has impressed us all offseason long, as we think the Black Shirts are going to be bringing it each and every week once again this year. We'll wait and see what Nebraska really has to offer this year against good competition, as the huge win over Western Kentucky was very much so expected.

7: Texas Longhorns: The Horns might be in a bit of trouble this year if they can't dispose of a Rice team that lost its starting quarterback to injury during the game. Garrett Gilbert doesn't look like the Heisman Trophy contender that the media cracked him up to be at the beginning of the season… not yet, at least.

8: Miami Hurricanes: Are the Canes really the top team in Florida? We were awfully impressed by the way they rolled over Florida A&M with a complete effort on both sides of the pigskin. Obviously this week's battle against Ohio State is a real benchmark for a team that is about to come up on the hardest chunk of schedule that any team in the country will have all season long.

9: Iowa Hawkeyes: Iowa could've been more impressive in victory this week, but Kirk Ferentz's clubs don't always know how to be flashy. Remember that this was a team that barely beat Northern Iowa last year in the opener and was arguably an injury to a Ricky Stanzi away from running the table for the whole season. Things are only getting better in the cornfields of Iowa.

10: Florida Gators: Surprised to see the Gators ranked so low? Perhaps Florida would be ranked a little higher if Mike Pouncey got his snaps up off the ground a bit higher when John Brantley is in the shotgun. Eight fumbles won't cut it. One more performance like that against South Florida could see UF out of our Top 25, win or lose. The post Tim Tebow era is not off to a good start, needless to say.

11: Virginia Tech Hokies: Sure, the Hokies are a one loss team, but we don't think that the 'L' against Boise State is worth castrating them over. Frank Beamer's club came to play on Monday night and were beaten by a better team after taking their best shot. That doesn't mean that VT deserves to drop that far out of the Top 10.

12: Wisconsin Badgers: We were looking for a bit more offense from Scott Tolzein, John Clay, and the Badgers this week, but a victory in Sin City against UNLV was certainly earned. Wisky should be hoping for some more point production in a hurry, or it won't stand the test of time in the Big Ten.

13: Utah Utes: Utah makes three mid-majors in our Top 15, and for good reason. The Utes played their hearts out against a rock solid Pittsburgh team that will probably still end up in the Top 25 by the time the season is said and done with. The OT win showed grit and tenacity, and the win might ultimately end up leaving Utah in a position to crack the Top 10 in all of the polls very, very soon.

14: Oklahoma Sooners: The Sooners need a reality check if they aren't blowing the doors off of Utah State on a regular basis. Barely hanging on to beat the Aggies impresses us far less than it did the pollsters who voted this team in the Top 10. We think that OU is lucky to just be keeping its ranking in the Top 25 at this point until we see better from it.

15: Arkansas Razorbacks: For as long as the Razorbacks have Ryan Mallett standing upright, they have a chance at beating anyone in the country. That will get tested soon enough, though for now, Arkansas is still a middle of the pack Top 25 team.

16: Florida State Seminoles: Jimbo Fisher badly needs this week's game at Oklahoma to roster order at Florida State. He couldn't have asked for much more than what he got from his team last weekend, a 59-7 thumping of Samford. Sure it was Samford, but the Noles haven't put up a dominating performance like that on both sides of the pigskin in years.

17: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: The Jackets are going to be a "thorn" in everyone's side this year, as the triple option has proven to still be a threat even without Jonathan Dwyer in the backfield. The Josh Nesbitt for Heisman campaign is off and running, and we very much so think that he could be a huge impact player in the race for college football's most prestigious award by the time we reach December.

18: Penn State Nittany Lions: Joe Pa decided that he would go with a freshman at quarterback this year, and though there were some early mishaps, Robert Bolden proved that he could be worthy to the task. However, that challenge will almost certainly be too hard this week, as the trip to Tuscaloosa is probably going to be a little much for this frosh to overcome.

19: Georgia Bulldogs: If the Dawgs' offense can drop 55 points on the board without the services of AJ Green in the lineup, just how scary will they be when he is back? UGA will hope that Green gets cleared to play this week, or South Carolina might roll.

20: South Carolina Gamecocks: Speaking of South Carolina… The Gamecocks were big, big winners last week over Southern Miss in a game that many thought they were going to get upset in. South Carolina still could be facing a lot of suspensions though, and if that happens, we can probably kiss this Top 25 ranking goodbye.

21: LSU Tigers: Are we the only ones that weren't all that impressed with the way that the Tigers beat a crippled UNC team over the weekend? The Bayou Bengals haven't made us believers quite yet, as we tend to believe that those suspensions for the Tar Heels handed the boys in gold and purple a victory they otherwise wouldn't have gotten.

22: USC Trojans: Sorry, Lane Kiffin. Until your defense can hold a team like Hawaii under 500 yards on the day, we aren't buying what you're selling, especially since we know that reality will set in at some point on your team that it isn't going to a bowl game or winning the Pac-10 title.

23: West Virginia Mountaineers: The 'Neers clearly still have a running game to be afraid of, as Noel Devine once again put forth a great effort in the season opening win against Coastal Carolina. However, QB play is still shaky, as Geno Smith didn't look all that great against a very bad defensive team. Marshall will pose more of a threat this week, but this is still a 'D' that he should be tearing apart.

24: Michigan Wolverines: Big Blue came up with the biggest win in the coaching career of Rich Rodriguez in Ann Arbor on Saturday. The Wolverines might have at least temporarily taken their head coach off the hot seat with the 'W' over UConn. Do you believe in Denard Robinson yet? We certainly will if he can blow through Notre Dame's defense this week.

25: Arizona Wildcats: This could be a very dangerous team brewing in the desert. Nick Foles could be one of the best quarterbacks in the land that you've never really heard of, but after watching him blow through Toledo's defense without any problems, one has to wonder whether the sky is the limit for him or not. We might find out more real soon, though Zona won't get tested this week by the Citadel.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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