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.
“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.
|1||Notre Dame (60)||11-0||1,500||3|
|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|