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

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Inside the Top Seven, there was no upheaval and very little drama this weekend.

The Top Six in the Associated Press‘ poll released on Sept. 4 — Alabama, USC, LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida State, in that order — won by a combined total of 214 points.  In fact, the only team in the Top 15 that was tested in a win was No. 7 Georgia, and that involved playing Missouri on the road in the Tigers’ first-ever SEC game.

Outside of that?  All hell seemingly broke loose, starting with No. 8 Arkansas’ stunning-but-injury-aided overtime loss and No. 13 Wisconsin’s inexplicable road misstep.  Toss in No. 16 Nebraska’s loss to UCLA and No. 18 Oklahoma State lopsided defeat at Arizona, and the bottom three-quarters of the polls that are released Sunday afternoon will see some significant tweaking.

For our own little poll, we’ll tweak the Fifth Quarter Top Five, albeit very little, but that’s not the point of this little exercise.

Rather, your opinion is.  So, in that vein, what say ye?  Who should be the No. 1 team in the country after a mere two weeks of action?

Vote below and blather on and on and on below that.

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30 Responses to “Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. papabush88 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:34 AM

    Hopefully this weekend will prove that the PAC 12 is to be respected and not just USC and Oregon. Also shows yet again how overrated B1G is. Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, and Penn St lost and Michigan struggled against Air Force.

  2. papabush88 says: Sep 9, 2012 1:38 AM

    I think we are going to find out soon that, while Alabama is a solid team (easily a top 3 team), the win over Michigan wasn’t that big of a deal.

  3. thekatman says: Sep 9, 2012 1:50 AM

    USC is the only Top 5 team to win over an FBS school. All others won over FCS schools. Cupcake games. USC should be #1.

    Greg Katz Solutions Architect, Quantum 562-986-1394 home office

    Sent from my iPad. Please excuse any typos.

  4. sledcamerahill says: Sep 9, 2012 2:48 AM

    thekatman says:
    Sep 9, 2012 1:50 AM
    USC is the only Top 5 team to win over an FBS school. All others won over FCS schools. Cupcake games. USC should be #1.

    —————————————————

    Ummm. No.

    Alabama beat Western Kentucky who has been an FBS school for 5 years (2 transitional). So I figured maybe you meant BCS instead then realized…

    LSU played Washington… who is in the SAME CONFERENCE as USC. Care to elaborate on that one?

    Oregon played Fresno State. Once again an FBS team as well.

    Oklahoma did play Florida A&M who is in fact an FCS member, so not completely wrong, but still…

  5. brakengo says: Sep 9, 2012 3:05 AM

    The good, bad, and ugly.

    The good: Pac-12 conference. Going 9-3 combined and having 3 unranked teams defeat ranked teams. All three top 25 teams won.

    The bad. Big Ten Conference. Enough said!

    The ugly. Tie between #8 Arkansas that lost at home to a school that 1980 was the last year they had a winning record, and Penn State.

    Click.

  6. sportsinhd says: Sep 9, 2012 3:06 AM

    Central Michigan is an FBS school and Michigan State destroyed them on the road, I also like the Spartans over USC right now.

  7. suprmous says: Sep 9, 2012 3:29 AM

    Hate to say it but Bama’s win over Western Ky wasn’t that impressive. They may be solid in some’s eyes but they’ve still got to watch out for USC to see how they play before countin on gettin the NC. And I’m NOT sayin this just cause I’m a LSU fan, if you think that then bite me.

  8. southernpatriots says: Sep 9, 2012 3:38 AM

    katman:

    You obviously did not watch the games I saw on Saturday. Alabama, LSU, and Oregon all played FBS opponents with LSU playing one in the PAC12. Only Oklahoma played a FCS team. So 3 of 4 you are wrong on, 25% , which is a failing grade. There are others…as sportsinhd posted Michigan State, which just may have a chance to beat USC if they keep improving each week.

    ***********

    I would not change any ranking of the very top. There have not been enough games played yet to really see the strength of the teams, anyway.

    Arkansas lost at least in part, maybe a huge part, because their great QB and team leader went down in the first half. I don’t think they would have lost otherwise, albeit they were playing the giant killers of UL-Monroe who beat Alabama 5 years ago.

    LSU has now tied the national record for consecutive victories over non-conference opponents at 39. LSU leads the nation in consecutive regular season victories at 19, and in other categories. It is good to see Zach Mettenberger confirm what I thought he would do and stop the mouths of the gainsayers. He certainly adds offensive punch and balance to a team with a great defense and RB tandem.

  9. rsmeans says: Sep 9, 2012 6:48 AM

    USC reminds me of an arena team or a flag football team who would fare no better than fifth in the SEC behind Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Georgia.

  10. dcroz says: Sep 9, 2012 6:50 AM

    suprmous:

    You’re an LSU fan…and you’re saying that Alabama should be concerned about how USC plays before counting on getting the national title? Ummm…doesn’t YOUR team have something to say about that, including having its own aspirations for said championship? Or are you conceding the SEC West to the Tide? Jussayin….

  11. uscatjerseyshore says: Sep 9, 2012 7:30 AM

    @rsmean – USC reminds me of an arena team or a flag football team who would fare no better than fifth in the SEC behind Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Georgia
    __________________
    Obviously you’ve been watching one-dimensional SEC offenses too long if you’re saying USC’s pro-style offense is similar to arena football. Your opinion means nothing and has no value.

  12. woebegong says: Sep 9, 2012 8:03 AM

    These results yesterday largely show what most folks that follow college football seriously know already. Number one, is the polls don’t have a lot of validity until after the 5th week or so, and the top teams are into their conference schedules. The second thing, is to validate the old long used statement that is “On Any Given Saturday”.

  13. normtide says: Sep 9, 2012 8:23 AM

    Lmfao at thekatman. Settle down there buddy. So many post here that have absolutely no idea what they are taking about.

  14. blitz4848 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:34 AM

    Facts r Facts

    USC has one of best Os in college football

    USC has little if any D

    Defense usually wins championships

    It looks like its Mich States to lose in a down year in the B1g 10

    The SEC is built on Defense

  15. manchestermiracle says: Sep 9, 2012 9:19 AM

    ….not valid until conference play begins. Early season polls are worse than worthless. Any computer formula with a SOS component is suspect since many early rankings prove to be wildly inaccurate. The revolving door that is an early season poll proves this. Watch how many new teams there will be in most polls come Monday.

  16. woebegong says: Sep 9, 2012 9:34 AM

    Offense wins games, defense wins championships. It has been true and proven in football games at the college and Pro. level since the game has been played. Alabama proved it last year for sure.

  17. polegojim says: Sep 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    @papabush….. USC DEFINITELY struggled MOST of the game. Kiffin was worried and USC is 3 at best.

  18. thraiderskin says: Sep 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    Papabush is right… clearly the B1G has some issues this year. I don’t think the Pac 12 is all that, but for this year, they are atleast number 2 in conferences. The only way to determine that is on the field and that is what happened.

  19. hoggette says: Sep 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    Another sad Arkansas day in the last year. Still love my Razorbacks!

  20. southernpatriots says: Sep 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    hoggette: I know you are discouraged, but there is going to be a better day and things will work out.

    When Tyler went down and then did not return in the second half, I was concerned. I knew Tyler was a great QB but did not know how much he was the team leader. The two halves are telling. With Tyler in the game, the Razorbacks were dominant. With him out of the game, UL-Monroe was able to come back, gain confidence, and eventually win. The difference Tyler makes for the Razorback team is huge. I know I would not want to lose Zach Mettenberger and his does not have the experience, maturity or excellence (at least not yet) of Tyler.

    Our prayers are with Tyler and the Razorback team. I am hoping influential coaches and players will get behind a move to pressure the helmet manufacturers to adopt new shock technology in the helmets which may help prevent many concussions and head injuries.

  21. takingbovadasmoney says: Sep 9, 2012 12:34 PM

    The Big Ten is horrible. For the folks getting all giddy about MSU’s “road” victory at CMU, get real. The schools are less than an hour from each other, the majority of fans were rooting for the Spartans, CMU will be a bottom dweller in the MAC. Hardly, a standout “road” victory. Nebraska and Michigan have horrible defenses and overrated offenses. Wisconsin and Iowa losses were inexcusable. Purdue is the only team in the league that will exceed expectations.

  22. hoggette says: Sep 9, 2012 12:42 PM

    Class comment southernpatriots. Haven’t been this sad since we gave the Nat’l Championship to Tennessee in 1998.

  23. southernpatriots says: Sep 9, 2012 12:59 PM

    You are most welcome, hoggette. So many fine folks are up there in Arkansas. I was not looking forward to my LSU Tigers traveling to Fayetteville this year. I still don’t. With all Razorback fans have been through in the past few months, I know you can’t feel well right now. Things will work out. It may take a little time, but it will work out.

    Hopefully, by the last game of the season which we have with your Razorbacks, we can get all the flood waters to recede, make the roof and structure repairs needed, and kind of get Hurricane Isaac behind us and the families who are temporarily living with us as refugees from the floodings.

    I sure want Tyler Wilson to fully recuperate, and somehow not only get new helmets for all the players, but get his coaches to realize they must protect Tyler. If he is a “franchise” player which he is, he must be protected. Alabama beat him up last year, and my LSU team did a little. There seemed to be no recognition that they needed to protect him against such hard hits. Keep an extra player back with his purpose being protect Tyler. Last week our rookie QB had his bell rung hard. My heart almost stopped. His replacement was not ready and could not maintain continuity. That is the coaches fault.

  24. Deb says: Sep 9, 2012 3:05 PM

    @woebegong …

    Well said.

  25. papabush88 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:37 PM

    Let’s be real here. I’m a USC fan, alum, and legend. Whole family went there and so did I. With that said, I was not impressed with USC’s play. Barkley had the worst 6 TD performance possible. Lane is obviously trying to get Barkley a Heisman which you can’t blame him for becaus another Heisman at USC is more publicity for the school and keeps recruits more intrigued. You see, Kiffin is more than just a coach…he’s a genius. I know many SEC fans and USC haters disagree but Lane knows exactly what he’s doing. I’m getting off topic though. Barkley did not play well. Sure the hour and 10 minute delay of the game didn’t help but Barkley was under pressure all day no thanks to the O line so Lane had to call several bubble screens. Additionally, the secondary, which should be the most elite part of our defense, was abysmal. DT Breslin and LBs Bailey and Pullard played well. That’s it. So, what I’m saying is, did USC play like the #2 team in the country? No, but we’ve seen this before. USC doesn’t get serious until conference play. And it is at that point when USC improves game by game. I’m not worried about USC. They will be elite by November. They just have to make sure they don’t lose before that. If they do, they’re in a bind where best case scenario is Rose Bowl and an easy win over the pathetic B1G.

  26. suprmous says: Sep 12, 2012 3:12 AM

    dcroz, I don’t tend to discount anybody and their reputation for bein a powerhouse or a leader. I watch others very closely. But then again I know you and others in your tribe and those associated with you won’t realize that nor care. I never would concede anything to anybody because 3 brothers taught how to fight for what I believe in when we were growing up. My aspirations are just like the rest of the folks who support LSU, we’d all like to see another championship. I’d be stupid to think there wasn’t a possibility of us not winnin it. I do see reality whereas I think some don’t wanna see it nor care to.

    Southernpatriots, Zach did some pretty good impressing in my opinion. I was hopin he’d come out and show folks what he was all about. Now just get him out of the pocket a l’il quicker huh?

  27. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2012 7:08 AM

    suprmous:

    At the Washington game on Saturday night was Shaquille O’Neal with his huge self, and Tyrann and a young lady thought to be his girl friend. Both seemed to enjoy the game with no too much annoyance by fans…ha. Tyrann seems to be matriculating well and back into his classes and studies while continuing treatment with John Lucas. So far, so very good. John Lucas teaches that when an addict returns to his/her familiar environment that is when the temptations and availability become almost overwhelming. He needs our continuing prayer. These days are his biggest challenge.

    Zach is doing extraordinarily well for a rookie! His stats may surpass McCarron for Bama…well that is if Odell, Shepherd, will get rid of the butter fingers they had at the start of the game. Maybe it was big game jitters or something similar. If it had not been for those 5 or 6 drops, Zach’s stats would have been most extraordinary, and everyone watching knew that.

    He was accurate, measured, calm, and in control. In JUCO the players rushing in are not nearly as fast and as strong. He is having to learn to release faster. He is smart. Washington took away the screen passes, so Zach capitalized on the slants. If they take away the slants, I am sure he will use quick outs. The QB coach and Zach are working well together.

    I really want to see Rivers and Bolden get snaps to bring them along just in case. You are right about Zach needing to be quicker in his release and movements in and out of the pocket. I don’t think he will get out of the pocket too often at all. He is not a triple option QB, but a true pro-style QB, but he does need to be 1/2 second or 1 second quicker.

    It has been entertaining this season, maybe even more involved in plays this season, which makes it more fun for all.

  28. suprmous says: Sep 13, 2012 3:48 AM

    Southernpatriots, that l’il youngun Zach has come a long way with his passin for sure. I’m just glad to see him get it done. I can remember when it was cover your eyes and pray he completes one when he was over in Jawja. But with a l’il help from our QB Coach and the One Above helpin out he’ll do just fine. The reason I add the One Above in the mix is cause Zach tends to get agitated every now and then. I’d like to think this season will be one as you said fun for all. I’ve noticed since the days of Glenn Dorsey and that “outlaw bunch” if everybody remains calm cool and collected it’s more fun. Reason I say outlaw bunch is cause of the jokes they could pull on folks they cared about outside the football team, God love em.

  29. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2012 4:05 AM

    suprmous:

    You are quite correct. Zach has worked hard to remake himself in more than one way. I am also hoping that Rivers, and Bolten and any other QBs which back Zach up will get some snaps and playing time this coming game with Idaho. Miles may not do that unless LSU is well in control and far ahead.

    LSU football along with the Saints helps us all in south Louisiana have a break from the stark reality of the wind damage and flooding of Hurricane Isaac. Katrina (Category 5) brought us a storm surge of 16 feet, and Isaac (we were told it was a Category 1) brought a storm surge of 13 feet. New Orleans was protected by the 13 billion dollar new levee system but all the remainder of south Lousiana was really hit hard. Floodings are still in many places, roads, and homes. Electricity remains out in many places as well.

    Take care of yourself. Stay safe.

  30. suprmous says: Sep 16, 2012 4:52 AM

    dcroz, who was it that came on here sayin that Bama didn’t need to watch USC? After the win Sanford had over USC I’d think that Bama had better be keepin an eye out on em. Its been proven more times than not that once a ranked team within the Top 5 get beaten they tend to be out for revenge. I dare say I haven’t changed my mind on not discountin anybody. But wanted to check in with you to see how your thinkin is now. Don’t feel bad tho, it can happen on any Sataday that somebody you think can’t lose will.

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