Sunday, August 21, 2005

ESPN POWER 16 - WEEK 1's Power 16 Week 1
1USC (15)13-0268Doubt USC's dominance? Cue up the first half of that 55-19 smashing of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, then get back to us.
2Texas (1)11-1228QB Vince Young and RB Selvin Young will rack up yardage. But to win the Big 12 and beyond, the 'Horns need help from the passing game.
3Michigan (1)9-3200Michigan is again loaded at wideout with Steve Breaston and Jason Avant. But the best chance to stop this team is to shut down running back Mike Hart.
4Virginia Tech10-3193The wait is over. The Marcus Vick Era has begun. Vick still has to win over Hokie Nation, however.
5Ohio State8-4190Expect the Buckeyes to lean heavily on true freshman Maurice Wells, who rushed for 5,955 yards and 55 TDs in his high school career.
6Tennessee10-3166For a team with BCS aspirations, ranking 98th in kickoff returns and 104th on punt returns is laughable. But CB "Inky" Johnson may stave off further embarrassment.
7Miami9-3162You'll hear this a time or two (or more) this year. Don't kick it to Devin Hester, especially on punt returns.
8Florida7-5151Chris Leak has shown he's a great passer. Give him time in the pocket, and he'll pick you apart with those receivers.
9LSU9-3149LSU is going to have to throw the ball to have success. Right now, that means opposing secondaries have the advantage.
10Oklahoma12-1146If they're going to make another BCS run, you'd figure settling of a QB would be a top priority. Then again, how hard is it to turn and hand off to Adrian Peterson?
11Iowa10-2120A young defensive line could be a key for Iowa. All four starters from the line are gone, and their replacements had zero sacks and nine tackles last year.
12Louisville11-1101Quarterback Brian Brohm's potential is why Louisville has been tapped to top the Big East, despite losing six players to the NFL draft.
13Purdue7-538Purdue's five losses last year were by a total of 14 points. That needs to change this season.
14Georgia10-237Georgia's wideouts are unproven, which means the heat will be on quarterback D.J. Shockley.
15Florida State9-335If he were at any other school, senior RB Leon Washington would be a Heisman candidate. Instead, he'll split carries with Lorenzo Booker.
16Texas A&M7-527Coach Dennis Franchione knows what he wants: a multiple offense, an aggressive defense and toughness on both sides. He's still working on the last two.
Others receiving votes: Auburn, Cal, Texas Tech, Boise State, Boston College, Arizona State, NC State, Bowling Green, Virginia, Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Wyoming.

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