What does it really mean to be ranked in the top 25?

Well, it puts a target on your back. That’s one thing.

Although, if you’re ranked in the top 5, there might as well be a bullseye on your back. But then again, if you’re ranked that highly, there’s likely a reason.

According to the Preseason AP Poll, here was the top 5 entering Week 1:

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  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Georgia
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Ohio State

These teams were favored by quite a bit going into the opening weekend. In fact, altogether, the five teams were favored by a combined 187.5 points.

The outcome?

They won by a combined 210 points.

Alabama took care of Louisville, while Clemson and Georgia beat up on Furman and Austin Peay — as they should have. Wisconsin also had no issues dismantling Western Kentucky Friday night and Ohio State threw up 77 points on a Power 5 opponent.

No biggy.

The top 5 teams in college football won’t of course each go undefeated this season. For one, Georgia could play Alabama. Same with Wisconsin and Ohio State.

But Week 1 proved something. The elite teams in the sport aren’t going anywhere.