Power Rankings are back, but with a twist.
Last season, we had just one person decide Power Rankings each week. This year, it comes down to a panel.
3 of us voted in this week’s Power Rankings, and will continue to do so as the season progresses. Once the votes are in, the points are tallied up (10 points for 1st, 8 points for 2nd, and then one less point for every rank thereafter) and the final power rankings are set. This year’s voters are myself, (CB) Bret Shoats, a Eastern Kentucky fan, and Tom Via, a Murray State fan.
It should be noted that with so many games going one at once, we all couldn’t watch all the games this week, which may have contributed to some of the differences in our rankings.
To the Week 1 Rankings!
1. Jacksonville State (3) – 30 points
CB – 1 BS – 1 TV – 1
TV: Jacksonville State looked very good in their opener against Arkansas before Tyler Wilson, who I believe is the best QB in the SEC, got into rhythm with his new receiving corp. Offensively only 1 turnover and a respectable game, which was expected since this team beat Ole Miss 2 years ago. Defensibly, you were facing Tyler Wilson. You won’t be facing anything close to him for a while.
2. Tennessee Tech – 22 points
CB – 2 BS – 3 TV – 3
TV: This game looked like it was going to be a cakewalk early, up 21-0 after 1. But special teams are their shortcoming from what I saw. Gave up a touchdown to start the half and they were on life-support the entire 3rd quarter. Was very impressed by Da’Rick Rogers who was playing on pure talent since he had been on the team only a week. That being said throwing for 339 and running for 209 is a great thing against a pretty good FCS opponent.
CB: Rogers and QB Tre Lamb have the potential to be the best QB-WR combo in the league.
3. UT Martin – 19 points
CB – 3 BS – 2 TV – 6
CB: The most divisive pick among us. I love that they beat Memphis, but I also thought they would. I’m not saying that to boast, I’m just saying that beating Memphis is like beating a good FCS team. It’s a good win. It’s not an amazing one.
TV: They beat Memphis which was 1 of 2 wins Saturday night for the OVC and the only win over an FBS opponent. Very balanced attack for the Skyhawks who at the end of the year could be in that 3rd place battle in the OVC. That being said the offense would have its moments then just fall off the field. Defense gave up the game tying TD with 52 seconds left and the only way they win is that Memphis fumbles a punt with 17sec left.
T4. EKU – 17 points
CB – 4 BS – 5 TV – 4
TV: They forced Purdue into 5 turnovers!!!! Problem however was, 0 points were scored because of them. Everything was in EKU’s favor it seemed on paper. Suspensions before the game for Purdue looked like it would help but backup QB Jared McClain was terrible. 8 of 22 for 85 yards and 2 picks against a team that will finish in the middle of the Big10 (which doesn’t look so good after that Michigan game). This team is all about their defense and it good for the most.
CB: We agree with the ranking, but I disagree their defense was good. The turnovers were good. Aside from that, Purdue moved the ball at will. Can they manage 5 turnovers every week? Of course not. I’m a bit concerned.
T4. Murray State – 17 points
CB – 5 BS – 6 TV – 2
TV: I’m basing this on when the starters where actually playing the game, so from the kickoff to midway through the 3rd quarter. Murray State was in awe in their first 2 drives giving up a Punt Return and then a TD drive. They settled in and looked very good afterwards. They should have had 13pts on the board however, missed FG and then going on 4th down in redzone because of score. Defensibly they looked very good in the first half for the most part. FSU’s backs just kept feet moving and lack of pressure on Manuel really hurt Murray.
CB: This is the other decisive pick. I do want to give Tom a bit more benefit, because he was able to watch this one more closely than I, but I thought that the “Hatch Attack” would manage at least 7 points against Florida State. Getting over 60+ scored on them, not surprising.
6. Eastern Illinois – 15 points
CB – 6 BS – 4 TV – 5
CB: I almost moved EIU up further than 6, but I want to see one more week. Now that we know what EIU is going to do under their new coach, I want to see how teams respond. Another great offensive performance next week, and I can all but guarantee I’ll have them in my top 3.
TV: The offense got EIU this ranking, because the D let SIU stick around with the flags (15 for 127yds). Jimmy Garoppolo threw 5TD for 369yds in the win and the fast pace offense looked very good and will be competitive in the OVC. Their shortcoming however is their own defense. You can’t play every game where you hope to win 49-35. First game jitters or something to come. I think the latter.
7. Tennessee State – 8 points
CB – 7 BS – 8 TV – 7
TV: I don’t want to call them the Oakland Raiders but look at the flags. They had 20 for 178yds even Al Davis wouldn’t be happy. That negated 4 plays of over 25yds!! It could have been over in the first half, but they let Florida A&M stick around and almost lost the game. 2nd quarter TSU recovers a fumble in the endzone, and then back to back goal line stands at the 1 to finish the game.
CB: With the OVC race expected to be tighter than ever, you can’t have 20 penalties. You can’t have half that number some weeks.
8. SEMO – 7 points
CB – 8 BS – 7 TV – 8
TV: Well they were tied at the half, so that is a good thing. But after that it got ugly. A passing team ran all over the Redhawks, 324yds to be exact, and had 2 runners with over 100yds on the ground. Offensively it was rough as well. It was fun while it was close to say the least.
CB: I think they got a solid first outing out of their new QB, but kind of like with EIU, I want to see if it can be consistent before moving the Redhawks up to much.
9. Austin Peay – 3 points
CB – 9 BS – 9 TV – 9
TV: Something tells me this will be my UTM of the basketball season last year, where I just automatically put them in last. I don’t know where to begin. 11 total passing yards on 2 of 10 from the QB, 143yds running for the entire game. While piling on Western KY almost got 600 yards! It could have been worse if WKU had hit some field goals, 0-3 including a 20yd chip shot. Even Western knows they can’t put a lot into this game.
CB: I didn’t have many positives 48 hours ago, and I don’t have many more now. Not a good start, FBS opponent and all.