Just a short while ago, the USA Today coaches’ poll was released, reflecting absolutely no change among the top four teams since Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame all won on Saturday — though the degree of tension attached to the aforementioned wins varied greatly among the group.
This week’s Associated Press poll perfectly mirrors the coaches’ poll when talking about the nation’s top four teams, with No. 1 Alabama once again getting all 60 first-place votes following the Tide’s dramatic win over LSU last night. Oregon, K-State and Notre Dame take spots two through four. Tied at No. 5 are Georgia and Ohio State — the latter is the fifth undefeated team remaining, but ineligible for postseason play because of (John’s words) “arrogance” by the school’s administration in dealing with potential NCAA sanctions.
Florida and Florida State come in at spots seven and eight, and LSU drops to No. 9 following its loss to the Tide. Clemson rounds on the AP top 10. The sixth and final unbeaten team remaining, Louisville, comes in at No. 11, and South Carolina, Oregon State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M round out the top 15.
(Interesting note about the Aggies, courtesy of Brett McMurphy from ESPN.com: Of the new SEC and Big 12 teams — meaning Texas A&M, Missouri, TCU and West Virginia — only the Aggies have a winning record in conference play. Who saw that coming?)
A pair of Pac-12 schools, Stanford and UCLA, come in at No. 16 and No. 17. Nebraska, the highest ranked Big Ten team eligible for postseason play, comes at No. 18. As we wrote early this morning, the Huskers likely control the fate of a non-automatic qualifier team getting into a BCS bowl. Louisiana Tech, the non-AQ program with the most realistic chance of making a BCS bowl, is currently tied with Texas at No. 19. If both Nebraska and LaTech win out, it would be near impossible for the Bulldogs to leapfrog the Huskers.
USC comes in at No. 21 after its loss to Oregon. Mississippi State,Toledo (MACtion!), Rutgers and Texas Tech round out the top 25.