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And then there were six.

Entering Week 9, there were 11 undefeated teams at the FBS level.  Five losses later — No. 3 Florida, No. 7 Oregon State, No. 13 Mississippi State, No. 18 Rutgers and No. 23 Ohio — that number was cut by more than a third.

Still left standing entering Week 10?  No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Kansas State, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 16 Louisville.

Given myriad upsets this weekend — in addition to the unbeatens, four other ranked teams lost as well — there will certainly be a significant shakeup when the newest set of polls are released Sunday afternoon.  For you, though, was there anything that changed your mind as to the top team in the country?

Vote below and spew your typed venom below that.

 

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40 Responses to “Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. zemaniak says: Oct 28, 2012 1:53 AM

    ND fan here, so gotta giv my irish the props they deserve!

    IRISH #1!

  2. kcrobert10 says: Oct 28, 2012 2:05 AM

    Seriously let’s be real I would be shocked if in January were not watching Alabama lifting the trophy and chants of sec sec sec in the stands down in Miami for the 8th yr in a row. Amazing… On a side note I expect the ducks to lose to usc and maybe the Irish to but if they get past them the Irish should jump k st for the right to play for the title. I don’t expect k st to lose till Alabama beats them up in Miami.

  3. zemaniak says: Oct 28, 2012 2:10 AM

    Bama tripped vs LSU last year so always possible they trip again this year or at SEC title game
    KState squeaked by OU whereas we smacked em in the mouth
    So as i see it, top 3 is ND, Bama, and Oregon, and ND has the most upside with a still improving Golson, barring any significant injuries, of course

  4. poopiedumdum says: Oct 28, 2012 2:39 AM

    Blitz? Where are you? Take the d out of your mouth and taste some crow

  5. poopiedumdum says: Oct 28, 2012 2:41 AM

    Blitz? Hello? What was your prediction again? After you take that d out of your mouth please remind us

  6. txnative61 says: Oct 28, 2012 2:41 AM

    Oregon will fall in the polls even beating a 2 loss USC and now 1 loss Oregon State, who lost to Washington in the late game. Notre Dame’s game quality will also suffer with another USC loss, the only ranked opponent left on their schedule. Bama K State for the title, with ND losing to Oregon in the Rose Bowl—or NOT!??

  7. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Oct 28, 2012 2:43 AM

    OU crumble once again when all eyes are on them. They over complicated their game plans and literally helped the Irish to a win. They need to learn how to approach all big games the way they would approach UT every year.

  8. cestlavidaloca says: Oct 28, 2012 5:01 AM

    Oregon is obviously the best team in the nation.

    Alabama and Notre Dame have the D but not the O.
    K-State has the O but not the D.

    Oregon has both.

    Sadly, no matter what happens, they’ll be shut out of the Championship game.

  9. normswifevera says: Oct 28, 2012 6:54 AM

    “K-State has the O but not the D.”

    Geno Smith begs to differ.

  10. zemaniak says: Oct 28, 2012 7:57 AM

    Oregon has the D?

    LSU fans chuckle ,….that’s yet to be proven

  11. truetarheelfan says: Oct 28, 2012 8:34 AM

    I am sorry but the top three are these three…. Alabama Oregon then notre dame sorry but computers don’t watch games look fact Alabama is by far the best ram in the country. Fact Oregon is by far the second best team in the country. It isn’t their fault that they care of business in the first half so starters don’t play the second half. Oregon is a beast Alabama is so far above beast level it’s ridiculous. That notre dame d is for real, but if they play Oregon they will play a team that has the most underrated defense in the country as well as the tastest offense in the country. Even though everyone knows Alabama Oregon and notre dame are the best the nc game will be bama and k- state if k-state wins out leaving two disgruntled very good teams playing in what could be billed as the NC game 1-b so glad playoff system is coming

  12. manchestermiracle says: Oct 28, 2012 10:10 AM

    Good thing for ND that strength-of-schedule isn’t considered in the rankings this year. After Oregon beats USC the Irish will be facing a Condoms team that likely won’t even be in the top 25. And the Rubbers probably don’t make the PAC12 championship game, further eroding a ND win. That’s about all a USC fan can hope for at this point.

  13. phreakin says: Oct 28, 2012 10:17 AM

    Notre Dame won’t be playing anyone in the Rose bowl since its the PAC 12 and Big 10 champs. So if Oregon loses its looking like Oregon and Nebraska in Rosé Bowl and I’d bet Kansas State and the Irish in the Fiesta

  14. ndnut says: Oct 28, 2012 10:26 AM

    If K-State plays the Irish and Oregon plays Nebraska then who plays in the NC game? Are we just making it a 3 hr trophy presentation for the Tide?

  15. blitz4848 says: Oct 28, 2012 10:33 AM

    @poopiedumdum

    Why would I hide from a childish, name calling little boy like you?????

    I have already owned my miscalls on 2 posts this morning and will do so again. I was totally wrong about BOTH Notre Dame and the Gators!!!
    Notre Dame is a lot better than I though and I watched most of their game.

    Poopiedumdum GROW UP! We all are wrong–if you venture an opinion on here you will be wrong or on the opposite of the masses at times.
    I state my opinions and I “am willing to own them” and always have!!! I don’t resort to name calling or tell people to “take the dick out of their mouthes!” Like I said grow up and make your points without resorting to childish BS…….

  16. irishdodger says: Oct 28, 2012 10:54 AM

    To be fair, Blitz posted on an earlier site & admitted he was wrong…props to him. Like he said, we’re all gonna be wrong sooner or later. Besides, I get more delight hearing the media eat crow…especially ESPN.

  17. thraiderskin says: Oct 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    I can see the strong case for the Irish to be #2, but Alabama is the definitive #1. While there is a reason why the games get played, Bama is looking unstoppable, they literally look like a pro-team.

  18. allidoiswin55 says: Oct 28, 2012 12:05 PM

    The ducks are the best team in ncaa football PERIOD. The difference from PREVIOUS years isn’t just the defense its the sheer talent and depth and versatility. The defense hasn’t played more than a half and when playing have comparable numbers to bama. I who plays in a conference with crappy offenses. Yes Bama is great. But not nearly as COMPLETE of a team as Oregon! I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Oregon put up 40 on that great Def BAMA. BAMA would be lucky to score 20pts and that with a defensive TD . People are living in the past.
    I am not a ducks fan, but I live on the west coast and have the opportunity to watch both teams. While I’d bet most of you go to sleep when Oregon playing.

    I can not deny ND would deserve a National Title game if undefeated being that they have no real gimme games. However they would not even give Oregon a game it would be a a BLOWOUT won By Oregon. K STATE VS Oregon would be a good game. Actually I think more challenging than bama bc k state actually has an offense. If Oregon wanted to they could put up 100pts up if they kept their starters in the entire game. There offense is more impressive than bamas defense to deny that is to be media blind WATCH THE TEAMS PLAY and tell me Oregon is not the best or at least as close as HUMANLY possible to be EQUAL to best whoever that is?

    ***Again I am not a homer or Oregon fan. I’m Just a objective observer!

  19. source7769 says: Oct 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    who are the 82 that voted Ohio St #1 ??? im an OSU fan and i know they arent even in the top 3 Braxton Miller needs to learn how to pass consistantly before i can say that offense is any good, Alabama is the clear 1 but k state is looking pretty good and has beaten enough good teams to have a case

  20. normtide says: Oct 28, 2012 12:42 PM

    This is the third year that I have heard Oregon’s offense would run all over an SEC defense. Auburn and LSU beg to differ.

  21. oldforester says: Oct 28, 2012 12:43 PM

    You can make your case for any of these teams, but for contrast and eye appeal Oregon vs Alabama would be one of the most anticipated games in years.

    Contrasting styles, Pac 12 vs SEC, East vs West. Time for the west to reclaim the crystal trophy and put the old boys in the south in their lazy boys watching Duck Dynasty.

  22. truetarheelfan says: Oct 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    Notmtide auborn beat Oregon by a field goal? I think and against LSU it would be a game where LSU allowe almost 400 yards of offense turnover won that game as Oregon did pretty much as they wanted just turned it over a lot… They wouldn’t beg to differ I think they would say Oregon is a worthy opponent not saying they would beat Alabama as I stated above Alabama is far and away the best team in the country… Oregon is th second best team but if k-state wins our ur will be Alabama k-state in the title game… This is why I am so glad a playoff system is coming

  23. normtide says: Oct 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    I an not even saying Oregon could not beat Bama, football is a harsh mistress. Just stating I have heard this story before: nobody plays any offense except Oregon (Bama has great a scoring average against some good defenses, Bama has great balance on O) and no SEC defense can slow Oregon down ( again, they have not run up the score vs sec teams). Alabama’s defense should not be confused with Colorado’s.

  24. Deb says: Oct 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    @cestlavidaloca …

    Anything can happen on any given gameday, and my only concern for Bama right now is next week’s game with LSU. I’m not even thinking about a title game at this point. But if you think Alabama has no offense, you obviously haven’t watched Alabama play.

  25. truetarheelfan says: Oct 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    Norm tide very true and trust me I don’t confuse Alabama defense for Colorado I am just saying those games that Oregon played against the sec were at least competitive a lot more than we can say for any other team outside ofthe sec that has played bama or any sec elitest in the nc game

  26. pedagoguish says: Oct 28, 2012 10:40 PM

    Deb can afford to avoid thinking about the title game since SEC teams are given an automatic pass into the BCS championship whether warranted or not. Out here on the West Coast we can’t afford to be so blase.

    Oregon is now the people’s choice as best team in the country; deservedly so since they have the best offense/defense combination of any team. But despite everything they do, the BCS consistently determines they are #4. They finish second in the Harris poll, second in the coaches poll, but fifth in the damn computers. What does a computer know about football?

    Don’t fret, Deb. Even if LSU beats your ‘Bama darlin’s, the BCS will drop them down to #2 and set up a Cajun/Redneck rematch. And why not? Has an SEC team ever traveled across the Mason-Dixon Line?

  27. normtide says: Oct 28, 2012 10:43 PM

    Hahahaha, the SEC is in peda’s head, big time.

  28. irishking says: Oct 28, 2012 11:13 PM

    I want to bring back memories of Bear Bryant….a Bama-ND matchup in the title game would be tremendous.

  29. frank booth says: Oct 29, 2012 2:14 AM

    pedagoguish says:Oct 28, 2012 10:40 PM

    Deb can afford to avoid thinking about the title game since SEC teams are given an automatic pass into the BCS championship whether warranted or not. Out here on the West Coast we can’t afford to be so blase.

    Oregon is now the people’s choice as best team in the country; deservedly so since they have the best offense/defense combination of any team. But despite everything they do, the BCS consistently determines they are #4. They finish second in the Harris poll, second in the coaches poll, but fifth in the damn computers. What does a computer know about football?

    Don’t fret, Deb. Even if LSU beats your ‘Bama darlin’s, the BCS will drop them down to #2 and set up a Cajun/Redneck rematch. And why not? Has an SEC team ever traveled across the Mason-Dixon Line?
    ==================================
    Oregon has only beaten one presently ranked team, 5-3 Arizona, and has the 62nd ranked schedule in the nation, lower than Alabama (26), Notre Dame (10), Kansas State (30) as well as pretty much every other Top Ten team.

    Total defense in YPG given up: Alabama 1st, Oregon 35th. Points allowed? Alabama 1st, Oregon 24th.

    On the offensive side, Oregon is 1st in PPG and Alabama is 11th. It looks to me like Alabama is a better combination of scoring and defense than Oregon, and has a tougher schedule as well.

    Do you actually know what the hell you’re even talking about?

  30. pedagoguish says: Oct 29, 2012 7:57 AM

    Boothie,

    Your comparison is meaningless. Obviously you don’t stay up late enough to watch West Coast games.

    Oregon is pulling its starters by sometime in the 2nd quarter. They could be running up 70 points a game, but Chip Kelly has a measure of class, something you SEC-types wouldn’t understand.

  31. normtide says: Oct 29, 2012 8:16 AM

    See if you can find Kelly’s talk with the media after the LSU loss. Dude was tearing up, and he spoke at length about how on the west coast, you don’t see the athletes on the d line that the SEC has. He was choked up, and that self confidence was gone. Oregon had played nobody, hence the #4 ranking. As I said before, don’t confuse the Colorado defense with the Alabama defense. And stop bragging about beating teams like Colorado.

  32. frank booth says: Oct 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    pedagoguish says:Oct 29, 2012 7:57 AM

    Boothie,

    Your comparison is meaningless. Obviously you don’t stay up late enough to watch West Coast games.

    Oregon is pulling its starters by sometime in the 2nd quarter. They could be running up 70 points a game, but Chip Kelly has a measure of class, something you SEC-types wouldn’t understand.
    ==================================
    Sorry, not an SEC fan either. Just not impressed with Oregon because they blow out bad teams. Fresno State put up 55 on Colorado in the 1st half, 1 pt less than Oregon did, and Fresno’s not that good either.

    Wisconsin was doing the same thing for a couple of years and were ultimately exposed as well.

    It could be that Oregon is really good, but they haven’t proven anything since they’ve played such a weak schedule. So you can keep flapping your mouth all you want, but it proves nothing until Oregon defeats some good teams. They are lucky to be ranked where they are. You know they haven’t proven anything, which is why you need to work so hard to explain to everyone how good they are.

  33. dcole001 says: Oct 29, 2012 4:41 PM

    This is a very Simple Answer. As the Great Man Rick Flair once Said. “To be the Man, You have to Beat the Man”. Alabama should be ranked #1 till they lose plain and simple…

  34. Deb says: Oct 29, 2012 5:10 PM

    ped …

    I don’t count my chickens before they’re hatched. It has nothing to do with your bizarre conspiracy theories about the BCS. Maybe it’s a life-experience thing. I see through the eyes of someone who earned a full tuition ride to Vandy for grad school and was diagnosed with cancer less than a week before I was supposed to give notice at work. Life doesn’t always go as planned. So you keep running your mouth about how everything will play out … and I’ll keep taking the games one at a time and counting the wins after the final whistle blows.

    If the Ducks are all you claim, they’ll earn it on the field … just like anyone else.

  35. pedagoguish says: Oct 30, 2012 1:39 AM

    Deb,

    They will, given a fair chance.

    All the loudmouth SEC supporters dis Oregon for what they fantasize is a weak record against weak teams. Do they apply the same standard to Alabama? Given the weakness of their opponents so far, Alabama should be ranked third or fourth, behind Notre Dame, Kansas State, and perhaps Oregon. But the prevailing pro-SEC bias gives them an unfair advantage over other teams that have played as well against tougher opposition. So far Alabama has proven next to nothing. We’ll see how they fair in their first real test against LSU. You have a right to be concerned. The Tigers are hungrier than the Crimson Tide.

  36. frank booth says: Oct 30, 2012 2:05 AM

    It’s not fantasy. Oregon has played a weak schedule against weak teams.

    Your comment about Alabama does have some validity, however, as their schedule hasn’t been as difficult as some others, and Notre Dame and Kansas State (to a lesser extent) have had a more difficult road to navigate than Alabama (s0 far) this year.

    Alabama still has tough games against LSU and Texas A & M, and should they get there, the SEC championship. But Oregon still has to play legit teams like USC, Oregon State, and Stanford plus a conference championship as well. If both teams win out, I would hope that they would be the two teams to face each other, as they would be the most deserving.

  37. pedagoguish says: Oct 30, 2012 8:02 AM

    Booth,

    Finally we agree on something.

    Ped

  38. Deb says: Oct 30, 2012 1:19 PM

    I agree with frank booth’s comment as well, although I haven’t paid enough attention to Oregon’s schedule to characterize it as weak. Bama’s hasn’t been as strong as expected because Michigan and Arkansas weren’t as strong as expected. But Bama isn’t in the top spot because of an SEC bias. The Tide is in the top spot because Alabama is the reigning champion after slamming then undefeated LSU 21-0 and allowing the Tigers over the 50 only once. Based on that, Bama should have been the top team as the season opened. It’s the Tide’s spot to lose.

  39. strauhal says: Nov 3, 2012 2:29 AM

    I think anyone who says the computers and most of the college football analysts and the “status quo” are not biased in favor of a few teams is kidding themselves. Clearly, unless your head is up your ass, the SEC is favored. It is probably a favoritism based on traceable data and history and people with long memories base their idea of rankings on the data available, usually from history, right? That’s how deductive reasons works. And that’s okay. Human beings and the computers they program are going to have limitations. So the SEC is going to be favored until historical player and game data supports another conclusion that the average SEC team is better than the best team from another division.

    Personally, I hate the SEC, with a complete and utter emotional bias. I will always give excuses for why my alma mater, Oregon, didn’t win a game against a renowned opponent.

    Despite my emotional bias, I logically can see that Oregon’s opponents, while not the best opponents, are not all pushovers. Teams such as Washington and Arizona State are not easy opponents, and Oregon has made them appear so. Equally, teams such as Alabama and Kansas State have not always had the best opponents, sometimes even playing more difficult teams, and yet, at times, they have thrashed their way to tremendous victories.

    Ultimately, a system that relies on theoretical analysis of which team is best will always remain only that until such time that a team “ranked” 1st plays a team ranked “2nd”, and then we can watch what we’ve all been waiting for: Oregon annihilating Alabama, and making them run home crying to their mommies. :)

    One final note: Anyone who disagrees with my opinion that the SEC is not irrationally favored invalidates their opinion by disagreeing with mine. So there.

  40. twoody50 says: Nov 3, 2012 10:51 PM

    Best team by far is K-state. They dropped 50 on ranked West VA, Texas Tech and USC. ND needed triple overtime to beat and unranked sub 500 team.

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