2011 STIFF-ARM COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

By Eric D.Graham
Updated: September 8, 2011

NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—1. Auburn (1-0)

An on-side kick saved the 2011 defending National Champions against Utah State, as they went on to score 14 points in the final two minutes to defeat the Aggies 42-38 at Jordan Ware Stadium. After surviving Utah State in a nail-biter, the War Eagles faced Mississippi State Saturday.

2. Alabama (1-0)

Despite defeating Kent State 48 to 7, there is a little quarterback controversy brewing in the state of Alabama between AJ McCarron, who was 14-23, 226 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT and Phillip Sims, who was 7-14, 71 yards, and 2 int. That controversy however needs to be settled by Saturday. Because the Crimson Tides’ next game will be played in Happy Valley against Penn St. This will be Alabama’s first game at Penn St. since 1989. Alabama has won the last the four out five games against the Nittany Lions.

3. LSU (1-0)

The Tigers of LSU whipped the Ducks of Oregon (40-27) in Cowboy Stadium.

4. Wisconsin (1-0)

The Badgers of Wisconsin added a new dimension to their offense with QB Russell Wilson under center. Behind a huge offensive line, Wilson was 10 out of 15 for 255 yards with two passing touchdown along with a 46 yard TD run in a blow-out victory against UNLV.

5. Oklahoma (1-0)

The Sooners looked impressive in their 47-34 win over Tulsa in which QB Landry Jones completed 35 out 47 passes for 375 yards and one touchdown. But unfortunately for their defense, they gave up over 400 yards to Tulsa.

6. Oklahoma State (1-0)

7. Nebraska (1-0)

8. Stanford (1-0)

In the season opener, Stanford QB Andrew Luck threw for 171 yards and had three touchdowns in a win against San Jose State.

9. Boise State (1-0)

Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore, who is a Heisman hopeful, threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the 35-21 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. With the win, Boise State silenced a few critics in the SEC, who said they weren’t capable of beating a SEC team.

10. Florida State (1-0)

11 VA.Tech (1-0)

This Saturday, the Hokies take on their hated-rivals East Carolina, who is coming off a disappointed last against South Carolina.

12. Arkansas (1-0)

13. South Carolina (1-0)

QB Steven Garcia, who was 7 of 10 with 107 yards passing with two rushing touchdown, came off the benched to spark the Gamecocks in a 56 to 37 win over the Pirates of East Carolina last Saturday. Coach Steve Spurrier hopes Garcia, who is sporadic, plays with the same passion this Saturday against Georgia.

14. Florida (1-0)

The Gators defeated Florida Atlantic (41-3) last week. This Saturday, they take on the UAB at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

15. Baylor (1-0)

In a Texas-style shoot out Baylor QB Robert Griffin III threw for 353 yards and had five touchdown passes in a (50-48) upset victory over the Texas-Christian Horn frogs in Waco, during the Labor Day weekend

16. Texas A &M (1-0)

17. Michigan St. (1-0)

18. Michigan (1-0)

The Wolverines have won 4 out of the last 5 games against Norte Dame. Plus, they have won the last 10 games played in September.

19. Mississippi State (1-0)

20. S.Florida (1-0)

Notable mentions: USC (1-0), UNC (1-0), Ohio St. (1-0), Northwestern (1-0), Penn State (1-0), Maryland (1-0)