New AP Football Poll Has Notre Dame Ranked #1

New AP Football Poll Has Notre Dame Ranked #1

Losses certainly have consequences as the new Associated Press College Football poll reveals. Key losses last night by both Kansas State and Oregon have elevated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to number one by capturing all sixty votes for that coveted top ranking.

The Irish will likely earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 in Miami with a win Saturday at Southern California, reports CBS Sports.

“I was down in the training room when the guys were popping in today. They all, to a man, know that it doesn’t mean much if you’re No. 1 for just three or four days,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said during his Sunday press conference. “They understand the importance of the USC game. I was happy to see that they had that kind of maturity to know that it’s all about how we play against USC.”

According to the Washington Post, Alabama came in as the number two ranked team. However, all eyes are on Notre Dame as they are en route to an undefeated season if they can beat their arch rival Southern California.

If they succeed at that then their bowl game in Miami on January 7 will be for the national championship.

It’s been a seesaw season with previously #1 ranked Alabama dropping after a surprise upset loss two weeks ago that gave rise to the Oregon Ducks.

The Ducks however “quacked up” in their first week holding onto the top spot.

That has given Alabama a rise back to #2 where they are within striking range of regaining their top ranking.

Here are the top 25 teams in the country.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Notre Dame (60) 11-0 1,500 3
2 Alabama 10-1 1,399 4
3 Georgia 10-1 1,316 5
4 Ohio State 11-0 1,292 6
5 Oregon 10-1 1,246 1
6 Florida 10-1 1,171 7
7 Kansas State 10-1 1,064 2
8 LSU 9-2 1,048 8
9 Texas A&M 9-2 1,028 9
10 Florida State 10-1 1,026 10
11 Stanford 9-2 991 14
12 Clemson 10-1 874 11
13 South Carolina 9-2 795 12
14 Oklahoma 8-2 734 13
15 UCLA 9-2 624 17
16 Oregon State 8-2 599 15
17 Nebraska 9-2 559 16
18 Texas 8-2 498 18
19 Louisville 9-1 362 20
20 Michigan 8-3 282 23
21 Rutgers 9-1 265 22
22 Oklahoma State 7-3 240 NR
23 Kent State 10-1 155 25
24 Northern Illinois 10-1 144 NR
25 Utah State 9-2 82 NR
25 Mississippi State 8-3 82 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern20, Washington20, Boise State20, Arizona13, USC12, Tulsa10, San Jose State8, Fresno State7, Wisconsin4, Louisiana Tech4, San Diego State2, Iowa State1, Vanderbilt1, Baylor1, TCU1