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

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Thanks to losses by Arizona, Clemson, Oklahoma and UCLA, the ranks of the ranked unbeatens has been thinned from 20 to 16.

Two of those — the Tigers and Sooners — were in the Top 10 in the most recent Associated Press poll, meaning a sizable shakeup to the the top half or so of the polls could be in the offing when the latest are released early Sunday afternoon.

Most of the Top 10, though, came away from Week 4 relatively unchallenged, although No. 2 LSU escaped with a two-point win at Auburn.  Other than that, every other top-10 team left the weekend with a double-digit win stuffed firmly in its back pocket.

In the upcoming Fifth Quarter, I’ll still have Alabama No. 1 for the third consecutive week.  What say ye, though.  Who should be the No. 1 team in the country nearly a third of the weekends into the 2012 season?

Vote your conscience below.


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15 Responses to “Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. kappy32 says: Sep 23, 2012 2:21 AM

    1. Bama
    2. Oregon
    3. FSU
    4. Georgia
    5. LSU
    6. WVU
    7. Notre Dame
    8. KSU

    LSU was very unimpressed today going up against a team that was in turmoil, thus the justification for losing 3 spots. While FSU, Georgia & Oregon were all impressive beating quality opponents, Oregon was most impressive by scoring a lot of points & shutting down a solid offense, pitching a shutout. However, I wouldn’t be upset to see any of them in any order in 2-4; just not Georgia @ 2, we need to break up the SEC. LSU @ 5 because dropping out of the top 5 from 2 while winning, albeit ugly, would be absurd. WVU @ 6 because they beat a much improved Maryland team & Geno Smith is this year’s RG3. Notre Dame at 7 because they may just be the only unbeaten team that has a defense that could match up to a SEC (Bama/LSU) defense. ND just doesn’t have a QB capable of making them a true national championship team. We know what we are getting with Tommy Rees (not much; a game manager), Everett Golson looks like he is a year away… Why not throw Gunner Kiel in there, the No. 1 QB recruit going into this year? I can’t imagine he could do any worse than the aforementioned 2 & if he is the future QB of this team, BK should get his cherry popped while he has a BCS championship caliber defense to bail him out. Finally, KSU @ 8 because although tonight was a huge, Big XII road win, Oklahoma was highly overrated this year. They struggled mightily against UTEP & Landry Jones is struggling without Bowles, just as he did when he went down late last year. OU is a 17-20 range team, not a top 15, and KSU’s defense isn’t championship caliber. KSU will struggle against TCU & will find it impossible to stop my early Heisman favorite, Geno Smith, when they square up against WVU. KSU v. WVU on 10/20, in Morgantown, is my early pick for can’t-miss, game of the year; those two teams could possibly put up 125 points between the two of them.

  2. brakengo says: Sep 23, 2012 3:27 AM

    Q. Who has Bama played?

    Q. Who has LSU played?

    A. Michigan was grossly over-rated to begin the season. Lost to Notre Dame and squeeked by Air Force the prior week. Arkansas was another top ten team that was over-rated to begin with, three home games – zero wins. Two FCS schools to sugar-coat their schedule and ESPN commentators are saying Bama is best team in nation.

    A. Two FCS teams. An Auburn team that barely got by an FCS team in overtime and a mediocre Husky team. Next week the Tigers face another FCS school. How do the voters justify their #2 ranking?


  3. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 23, 2012 6:06 AM

    Oh Oh!! Watch out folks, ND is now 4-0! They’ll probably be ranked 4 or 5 in this weeks poll:
    Why, you ask? Because #1 belongs to Bama for now, til ND goes to 6-0 then you can forget about it, everybody is playing for second after that.
    #2 FSU, with an impress second half over Clemson.
    #3 Oregon same as FSU
    #4 Georgia
    # 5 Notre Dame bc they are 4-0 that’s all you need to know!!!
    #6 South Carolina dominated from start to finish
    #7 West Virginia Geno Smith is on the team. Is there anything else to add.
    #8 Stanford they beat USC last week, C’MON
    #9 USC it was impress to see how the team pulled together and played an inspiring game.
    #10 LSU this might be too high for them, they played poorly against Auburn, who last week needed over time to beat a SunBelt Conference ULM team. LSU is lucky to even be in the top 10.

  4. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 23, 2012 6:09 AM

    What FCS school are you talking about that Auburn barely squeak by?

  5. suprmous says: Sep 23, 2012 7:08 AM

    crazyasian………., I agree that LSU wasn’t impressive as could’ve been but to put em at 10. Naw, they weren’t that bad, c’mon and ease up on em a tad.

  6. woebegong says: Sep 23, 2012 7:55 AM

    Love the reasoning for UGA not being number 2, and although my DAWGS aren’t quite ready to be there yet, the reasoning, because “We gotta break up the SEC at top”, kind of sums up most of the poll voters when it comes to the SEC. If you can’t beat the SEC on the field, beat em in the polls.

  7. cometkazie says: Sep 23, 2012 8:42 AM

    The only poll that matters is at the end of the season.

  8. Deb says: Sep 23, 2012 8:48 AM

    thecrazyasianinseccountry says:

    Watch out folks, ND is now 4-0! … #1 belongs to Bama for now, til ND goes to 6-0 then you can forget about it, everybody is playing for second after that.

    This is why I love your posts, my friend! You always make me laugh :) I’ll bet the pollmakers are salivating to put Notre Dame back in that top spot one way or another!! Can’t wait to see how many spots they jump this week. But you’re being a little hard on your Tigers. I’ll be surprised if LSU drops from the top five. It was ugly, but it was a win.

  9. WingT says: Sep 23, 2012 8:55 AM

    It was a good weekend in college football. We are starting to see who the best teams are – we still need a couple more weeks to know. Some of my notes:

    Oregon – they are for real – once again they have put together an explosive offensive team and the scary part is that they are playing better defense than in the past – they are a top 4 team

    Clemson and Florida St – both teams have great offenses and somewhat suspect defenses. Florida St has a little more experience than Clemson and it showed last night. Both fought until the last tick on the clock – well coached teams.

    LSU – they are THE most physical team I have seen this year. They have the best defensive line in the country by a long shot. They pound the ball and wear you down. I still have them ranked 1 in the country. The Bama LSU game will be bloody.

    Bama – (my team) – their offensive line is overrated – they have much work to do to shore up the mistakes on the line. Their young secondary has yet to be tested, so we don’t know if they can play at a NC level. AJ McCarron ( QB) is a really good QB but if he still needs to improve. We will see come Nov 3 in Baton Rouge how good Bama is.

    Kansas St – nobody is giving them respect. They just beat a good OK team and they embarrassed the U ( Miaimi). They are to be watched and respected going forward.

    Georgia and South Carolina and FLorida – it will be interesting to see which one of these teams is standig after they all play each other – I’m betting on Florida

  10. brakengo says: Sep 23, 2012 10:25 AM

    @ t.c.a.i.s.c.
    University of Louisiana Monroe of the Sun Belt Conference.

    @ cometkazie

    You’re right about the poll thing.

  11. TxGrown says: Sep 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    Bama #1 till someone beats them.

  12. joregon says: Sep 23, 2012 12:09 PM

    ULM still plays like a FCS team but they qualify as a big boy now being an FBS team.
    Part of the Sunbelt Conference.

  13. brakengo says: Sep 23, 2012 4:08 PM

    When does quality of game and strength of schedule come into play?

  14. WingT says: Sep 23, 2012 6:11 PM

    Usually after the NC game :)

  15. florida727 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:14 PM

    JT, good thing you clarified that people should “vote (their) conscience below”, because it’s pretty clear they didn’t vote their brain. What this poll does is bring out the idiot SEC haters. My response: scoreboard… as in SIX consecutive national titles. Until someone beats ‘Bama, they’re the #1 team in the nation. Period. Get over it. It’s a fact. Don’t like it? Good. Qualify for the national championship game AND BEAT THEM. Guarantee, you’ll shut up every SEC fan IF you beat one of our teams when it actually matters. For 5 of the past 6 straight years your team/conference has FAILED to do that. Deal with it. Heck, last year, your team/conference sucked so bad, the BCS had to play a rematch of an SEC DIVISIONAL game just to have a respectable opponent. What does THAT tell you about your team/conference? Let me help you… they suck. From a Florida fan… ROLL TIDE!

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