NCAAF Betting: Power Rankings After Week 1 Games

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 6, 2021 in

After months of waiting, we finally got to witness the first big Saturday of college football! It was quite a day, as we saw some dominating performances from some of the top teams in the country. We also saw two contenders for spots in the college football playoffs square off in a game that was dominated by the defenses of both teams. Let’s take a look at the power rankings after most of Week 1’s college football schedule was complete so you can keep betting against the NCAAF odds.

NCAAF Power Rankings Picks

1 – Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama started the season off as the top-rated team in the country, and after their dismantling of the Miami Hurricanes in Atlanta, there’s no doubt that the Crimson Tide should be at the top of this week’s power rankings. The Tide rolled over the Canes by a score of 44-13. Bryce Young looked like a star in the making, and the Alabama defense looked like one of the best defenses in the country. 

While everyone will talk about Young’s performance, it was the defense that should get most of the credit. They held Miami quarterback D’Eriq King to just 178 yards with 1 touchdown, and they also caused him to throw two interceptions. This Alabama defense could be one of Saban’s best defenses.

2 – Georgia Bulldogs

Another SEC team at the top of our rankings, Georgia squared off with Clemson, and the Bulldogs came out on top. While the Bulldogs offense looked like it still needed some work, the defense looked like a finely-tuned machine. They wreaked havoc on Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, sacking him seven times. 

After watching them dominate Clemson, it won’t surprise anyone to see Georgia and Alabama square off in the SEC Championship game.

3 – Ohio State Buckeyes

Minnesota stuck with the Buckeyes for almost three quarters, but then Ohio State’s talent and athleticism took over. CJ Stroud struggled early, but once he got a feel for the game, he looked like a future star. Ryan Day and his squad have a big game with the Oregon Ducks next weekend. If Ohio State can beat Oregon, things look good for the Buckeyes this season. 

4 – Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati knows that this is their big chance to get into the playoffs. After nearly beating Georgia in last year’s Sugar Bowl, they came into this season ranked high in the preseason rankings. After easily disposing of Miami, Ohio, the Bearcats know that they need to beat Notre Dame and Indiana to put the nation on notice. Desmond Ridder is one of the country’s best-kept secrets, and if the Bearcats continue to win, everyone will know about them soon enough. 

5 – Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies started off the season with a new look on offense. They had numerous new offensive linemen in front of redshirt freshman quarterback Haynes King. Once they began to jell in the second half, they looked good. Jimbo Fisher and his Aggies host Alabama this season. If they can pull the huge upset in front of what should be a raucous crowd, it would be huge for the A&M program.