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Poll: The No. 1 team in the country is…

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And then there were three.

For the first time since the first weekend of this month, an unbeaten has gone down in flames, leaving just a trio of unbeatens heading into the final week of the season.  Obviously, Boise State played the role of David being slain by David, falling in overtime on the road to No. 19 Nevada and leaving Oregon, Auburn and TCU as the lone teams with zero blemishes on the right side of the won/loss ledger.

The number of undefeated teams was almost sliced in half, of course, as the Auburn Tigers roared back from a 24-0 deficit — on the road, no less — to down bitter in-state rival Alabama in the 75th edition of the Iron Bowl.  BcS No. 1 Oregon, while they got off to what’s become their patented ssslllooowww start, had little trouble handling Arizona in Autzen Stadium and rolled to a 19-point win.

TCU doesn’t play until later today, but, for the sake of discussion, we’re going to assume that they can handle the road “test” against 1-10 New Mexico in their regular-season finale.  And, yes, we feel very, very comfortable making that assumption 13 or so hours ahead of the kickoff.

So, with one regular season game left for the Ducks, and the SEC title game the lone obstacle remaining for the Tigers, who ya got as you No. 1 team in the country?  Did Auburn’s close call change your mind one way or the other?  Did Oregon’s win over a ranked team do the same?  Will TCU’s inevitable evisceration of the Lobos make any difference at all?  Whatever the case, head on into the booth, close the curtain and tackle the polls, Chicago style.

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19 Responses to “Poll: The No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. iamalwayscorrect says: Nov 27, 2010 7:34 AM

    TCU
    Oregon
    Auburn

  2. gatorprof says: Nov 27, 2010 8:59 AM

    The only team that has played a top shelf schedule…Auburn is your easy number 1.

  3. 8dollarbeer says: Nov 27, 2010 9:38 AM

    Auburn obvious #1
    Oregon 2
    LSU 3
    Wisconsin 4
    TCU 5

  4. spankyomonkey says: Nov 27, 2010 9:59 AM

    auburn should be #1 …. but it would get their

  5. steelers6pack says: Nov 27, 2010 10:28 AM

    Auburn’s def was exposed Friday and watch out of Spurrier to take advantage of it!
    U.S.C. 27 Auburn 17

  6. blitz4848 says: Nov 27, 2010 10:54 AM

    That’s laughable. Auburn gave up 3 tds on Bamas first 3 possesions and then shut them down for 3 1/2 qtrs. Auburn is like a good fighter, they don’t get going til they are punched in the mouth a few times. Auburn has been down 21 pts 3 times and 14 pts 3 times and come back and won every game. South Carolina will hang in but will lose as they did earlier.
    Auburn is big tough and “very” physical and they will destroy Oregon.

    If you watch the games and use the eye test the top 3 in this order are:
    1-Auburn
    2-TCU
    3-Oregon

  7. brownstown2 says: Nov 27, 2010 11:11 AM

    1. Auburn
    2. Oregon
    3. LSU
    4. Stanford
    5. Wisconsin
    6. OSU

    10. TCU

    107. Michigan

  8. Deb says: Nov 27, 2010 12:34 PM

    @brownstown2 …

    Is that you BrownsTown? What’s up with the name? Your poll works for me … for now. Weekend’s not over.

  9. brownstown2 says: Nov 27, 2010 1:28 PM

    Deb,

    Yep, ’tis I. I had to create another account. I can probably change the display name, but I haven’t bothered to check it yet. I just jumped back on after the Gospel (Prophecy, apparently) of Gee was revealed and the kids were puffing out their chests a bit too much.

  10. borninhuntsv says: Nov 27, 2010 2:30 PM

    1. Oregon
    2. Auburn
    3. TCU

    Auburn had to rally to beat the #11 ranked team and only beat them by 1 point.

    There’s still plenty of football left to play, though.

    It will be interesting to see how South Carolina handles Auburn in the SEC Championship game.

  11. blitz4848 says: Nov 27, 2010 3:17 PM

    @ Borninhuntsville

    so what you are saying is that if Oregon came to Tuscaloosa they would thrash you better than Auburn did? Has to be so if you vote them ahead of Auburn who has also beat LSU,USC,Miss St, Ark & Georgia. Makes no sense–look at the Ducks SOS!!!!

  12. 1mge says: Nov 27, 2010 4:07 PM

    Badgers would run over anyone!!

  13. frank booth says: Nov 27, 2010 4:09 PM

    iamalwayscorrect says:
    Nov 27, 2010 7:34 AM
    TCU
    Oregon
    Auburn
    ===================================
    Well of course it’s TCU. They beat Utah. You know Utah- the team that has one of the worst schedules in college football. The team that got blown out by Notre Dame and TCU.

    So, TCU is iamalwayscorrect’s #1 because they beat one team that is presently ranked somewhere between 20 and 25. Encouraging, isn’t it?

  14. edgy loves boise st says: Nov 27, 2010 4:20 PM

    frank booth, dont worry, iamalways wrong is just a trolling 13 year old

  15. borninhuntsv says: Nov 27, 2010 7:49 PM

    blitz4848,

    If you look at the Bama/Auburn game, you watched AU being shut down in the first half. They looked pitiful and ineffective. Although AU won, they did not thrash Alabama. They beat Bama by one point. ONE point.

    The #2 team should have beaten the #11 team, right? They should have beaten them by more than one point. A thrashing should require defeating the team by more than one point.

    Regardless, both teams (Oregon and Auburn) came back to win. Oregon just impressed me a bit more than Auburn, that’s all.

    If AU beats SC, I think that they should jump Oregon. I’m just not convinced that AU has a solid team. It’s mostly all Cam, all the time.

  16. Deb says: Nov 27, 2010 7:57 PM

    @BrownsTown …

    Click on My Account in the top left tool bar, then Edit My Profile. Scroll down to Display Name As and you can change it to anything you want.

    I’m not feeling super today and have managed to sleep through the better part of the last eight hours. But I opened my eyes long enough to see you’re going to have to change LSU’s ranking on your poll. This is the problem with being such a dynamic conference–we feed on each other. It would be great if Auburn could represent, but I agree with borninhuntsv that it’s primarily the Cam Newton Show … and it may be short-lived glory.

  17. blitz4848 says: Nov 27, 2010 8:36 PM

    borninhuntsv says:

    Cam is the guiding force, no doubt but Dyer is a decent back and they have decent receivers.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the game but you can’t base what the score should be on the rankings. the NFL scouts will tell you arguably Bama is the most talented team in the nation. They played well but what impressed me is the way Auburn came back after being down 21-0. They shut you all out for over 3 qtrs except for 2 fgs. I know you messed up in the red zone but Auburn was part of the reason why–their defense played very well after the 1st qtr. I watch a lot of games on the satellite and I don’t believe Oregon could beat Bama, Auburn, Arkansas or South Carolina.
    I think the SEC defenses are too physical and will wear these teams down. Look at UF they went for small and fast and now they aren’t physical enough and are taking it on the chin in the SEC. I think TCU, Oregon and Boise won’t stand up to a full game of being hit hard on every play ala SEC defense.
    1. Auburn
    2. Oregon
    3. TCU
    4. Stanford
    5. Wisconsin
    6. Ohio St
    15. Nevada
    25. Boise St
    110. Michigan (for Brownstown & BT2)

    @Brownstown–I said 42-10 they won by 30 instead of 32—shoot me.

    @ Deb–hang in there and drink a stiff shot or 2

  18. Deb says: Nov 28, 2010 11:41 AM

    @blitz …

    Don’t think I need any shots unless it’s shots of caffeine LOL Slept through my alarm and missed church this morning. Good grief! That’s three days of nearly nonstop sleep! Think my body is trying to tell me to stop the abuse or it will just refuse to move. Obviously it’s been getting advice from my car LOL

  19. dsjosh2003 says: Dec 2, 2010 2:56 AM

    Oh man, I had to create an account to post on this topic..
    It is completely absurd for anyone to think that TCU should be ranked over Auburn. They may have an outstanding team, but the fact is that they haven’t played anyone. To have an undefeated SEC team is synonymous to being ranked #1. A team from the SEC has won the last 4 National Championships in a row and 5 out of the last 7. The toughest team TCU has faced is Oregon State and Oregon has beaten the likes of Washington State and Cal. Mind you they are still only sitting at 11-0, not 12-0 like Auburn. Either was you go, it should be a good game… I can’t wait to see Oregon try to stop the Auburn offense or the defensive front four. The defense gets a bad wrap because of our secondary, but those beasts on the line are MEN and I don’t think Oregon will be able to hang when it gets into the second half… let’s just hope their QB doesn’t make the long list to be helped back into the locker-room after Nick Fairly is done with him.

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