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

Alabama's head coach Saban instructs his players as they take on the LSU Tigers during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge AP

And then there were six.  Still.  Barely.

The “Upset Saturday” theme of weeks gone by gave way to “Survival Saturday,” with a pair of remaining unbeatens barely remaining that way.

As you may have heard by now, No. 1 Alabama needed a two-minute drive for the ages in the din of Death Valley to continue its BcS title game trajectory, while No. 4 Notre Dame was taken to two overtimes by unranked Pitt at home in South Bend in keeping its 2012 won-loss mark unblemished.

Meanwhile, the other four unbeatens — No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 12 Louisville — won their respective games by a combined 83 points, although the Ducks’ 11-point win over USC was its closest of the season; in Week 2, Oregon outlasted Fresno State by 17, which is a decidedly deceptive number as the Ducks led 35-6 at the half before taking their foot off the Bulldogs’ throats the last two quarters.

Regardless of how we got here, though, we’re exactly where we were before the first foot met football Saturday afternoon: six teams with perfect records, five of whom are eligible for the postseason.

So, as we do each and every week, it’s time for us to ask: who ya got?  Who should be the No. 1 team in the country when the new polls are released very early Sunday afternoon?

See the poll, be the poll, vote the poll below.


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29 Responses to “Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 4, 2012 9:52 AM

    Until someone is able to knock Alabama off, they are number one, just like they finished last year. No poll decides the games, except when it comes to the post seasons matchups. They had to come back last night to win the game, but were there any other teams that played as high of a ranked team?
    I am by far an Alabama fan, but facts are facts. Until they are beaten, or rather if they are beaten, they are number one.

  2. willcoop62 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:02 AM

    Personally I don’t think Oregon is deserving of its number two ranking. They had to score a ton of points to win a game where 48 points is usually enough to win. When they finally play a team with speed and power on the defensive side of the ball they could really be exposed. Alabama has that type of team.

  3. blueglaze says: Nov 4, 2012 10:04 AM

    Yup… Bama should not get jumped unless they lose or win barely against an unranked team. LSU at home is tough… They had a 22 home win streak snapped last night…. Bama #1

  4. kiopta1 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:07 AM

    Yeah I feel Ala stays number 1 till they lose. I don’t doubt Oregon’s O but they had to have that O to win this game. A good D will hurt them. KSU played well but did very little when Klein got hurt and their D still gave up many points. ND seems to really hate playing at home and gave Pitt every chance to win but they couldn’t. So in the end it all stays the same…for now.

  5. deadeye says: Nov 4, 2012 10:12 AM

    Bama is #1. But the more interesting question is who is #2?

    Oregon, KSU, and ND all have legitimate arguments in their favor. This season calls for a playoff system in college football.

  6. kiopta1 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:20 AM

    This year could be a nightmare year for college ball cause you could end up with 5 undefeated teams in top 10 maybe in top 5. Imagine if OSU was eligible. It just screams PLAYOFFS!

  7. bballdad says: Nov 4, 2012 10:40 AM

    Personally I don’t care if they are ranked #1 or #2…at the end of the day the National Championship will remain with the SEC baby. The LSU Bama game will decide the title for the next few years.

  8. kcrobert10 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:15 AM

    What a game last night in the hated sec. Still proving they are by far the best conference. Other conferences may want to be careful what u wish for a playoff may do nothing more than allow more sec teams the chance to win national championships. You can argue that 3 of the top 5 teams in the country Georgia, Alabama, and Lsu reside in the conference oh and Florida isn’t bad either. Oregon has no d what are they going to do when they can’t score. Seen that story before yes it was another sec win. Notre dame will lose sometime or another should of lost already. Kst offers the best match up but if the qb is hurt they may not make it either. I just hope we don’t end up with a Louisville Alabama nc game would anyone watch that beat down. Oh and Ohio st would be fun to watch get beat by an sec team but they will be doing time in the ncca post season clinker for bad form. That sucks for them cause we know when there eligible again the will lose to Iowa on the road.

  9. mungman69 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:21 PM

    Bama is #1 and I think Oregon is #2. that would beca good game but Bama wins.

  10. Deb says: Nov 4, 2012 12:29 PM

    Agree with deadeye that Bama retains the top spot, but the more interesting question is who should really be #2.

  11. sssjim7 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:44 PM

    Alabama is only ranked #1 based on last years NC game (call it a curtesy). Their schedule is the weakest of all the unbeatens and the computer rankings with SOS show that.

    No, they should not be ranked #1 at this time. IF they win their next few games (finally against some better competition) then yeah, their SOS will go up and maybe they can jump someone.

    Last year is over and done with. Voters are lemmings… time to do away with the polls and stick with the computer rankings.

    Just my .02

    ps. I watched some of the Alabama-LSU game and could not believe how bad both offenses were. Passes dropped, passes overthrown… it was not good defense… wide open recievers on both sides dropping passes or being overthrown with no defenders’ even near them. At least LSU tried some interesting playcalling…

  12. truetarheelfan says: Nov 4, 2012 12:44 PM

    U know the question this yr was never about USC on offense it was in defense and depth they can score on anyone have u seen the wide receivers they make that qb look wayyyyyy better than he might be and he is a legit nfl starter. I dot doubt Oregon or its d and I am not a sum fan but like bama whom I have stated in previous post is far an away the best team until Oregon loses or rather if they lose they should be number 2 followed by notre dame and then k-state Ohio state plays in a conference almost as bad or gasp worse than my beloved acc… Yes I Sao acc with one real contender FSU thy continues to find on game to stub it’s toe smh… No disrespect to anyone in sec land who thinks that Oregon will be exposed if they play them and maybe but I look at the past as a sign to the future …. Played auborn tough lost by 3 to a team with perhaps the qb nay player of this century… Put up over 400 yds on an LSU defense that would be ranked in the top 2 all season long D’anthomy Thomas’s fumbles a freshman then lost that game… Oregon is legit so is nd and k-state but who can be the mighty crimson tide? Basing my opinion in last nights game, if they were gonna lose tht would have been the game Bama goes undefeated… Roll tide roll and another sec national champion… With no end to LSU or bamas dominance in sight

  13. thefiesty1 says: Nov 4, 2012 1:13 PM

    ND should drop after the finally OT win over lowly Pitt. If they are a top 10 team they should have won that game by a large margin. Luck of the Irish is all they had.

  14. kiopta1 says: Nov 4, 2012 2:41 PM

    Win is a win fiesty1 sorry your hate didn’t transfer to the polls.

  15. dcole001 says: Nov 4, 2012 2:50 PM

    To be the Man you have to Beat the Man. Bama stay #1 till they lose. consider it bonus for winning it all last year.

  16. pedagoguish says: Nov 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    Pompous Deb admits she doesn’t watch Oregon football, so why does she speculate on who should be #2? The real question she should be asking is who should be #1.

  17. woebegong says: Nov 4, 2012 4:36 PM

    Alabama gives up 228 yards per game total offense and oregon gives up 381 yads. number 2 versus number 50.
    Alabama gives up 9 points a game and Oregon gives up 23. Number 1 versus number 40.
    Offense wins games, defense wins championships.

  18. Deb says: Nov 4, 2012 4:44 PM

    Yes, ped, I admit what I don’t know. On the other hand, you keep insisting you know everything. Which of us is pompous?

  19. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    Can’t agreed with you more.
    These people bitching about the BCS what will they do when two SEC or more plays in the playoff every year.. And what will happen if two sec teams play for it all every other year?
    They better stop wishing for the play offs bc they might get what they want, and they are not going to like the result… Remember the BCS was not pushed by the SEC but by the conferences.. Slives wanted the plus one system. Oh well only time will tell.

    Great game !! Circle next year’s game, bc it’s going to be just as big! Can’t get enough of LSU vs Bama.
    And you are correct about what you said about Bama getting another chance, if OSU won have won out there wouldn’t have been a Bama XIV Championship, but rather an LSU IV Championship!!

  20. truetarheelfan says: Nov 4, 2012 5:29 PM

    Everyone arguing about whether the sec is dominant or not fact yes they are dominant but that dominance goes in cycles for a while it seemed like the PAC 12 minus an Oregon contender every yr and big 12 were dominant the Vince young Matt leihnert yrs Carson Palmer yes before that. Another fact the sec is dominant because weather u like it or not the best football players come from the south states like fl Georgia sc North Carolina (north Carolina five stars or four star prospects almost always leave state) Alabama tax these states are full of football prospects… Is it any wonder the sec with fl Alabama LSU South Carolina now Texas a&m and Georgia are so dominant it’s like an nfl division

  21. truetarheelfan says: Nov 4, 2012 5:39 PM

    Sooo stop crying as I said I already believe Oregon is number two they should get the same respect Alabama does if u say Alabama won the nc last yr and should be number one until beaten… And u respected LSU being ranked number 2 until beaten. Then u should respect the ducks being number 2 until beaten. They did win the rise bowl and finished ranked 3rd last yr…. But yes Alabama is far and away the best team in all phases they are very well coached and very good but Oregon is number 2 that speed kills and it is killing everyone in its path… Notre dame is legit people now know k-state is for real. My top 5 are this Alabama
    Notre dame
    U will notice that I left Ohio state off for 2 reasons one they are ineligible 2 they have played no one and I mean NO I
    ONE. The b1g conference is as ba as the ACC and big east beat someone then talk to me…

  22. Deb says: Nov 4, 2012 9:02 PM

    @thecrazyasian …


  23. tide4life says: Nov 5, 2012 9:24 AM

    Bama and LSU are pretty much permanent fixtures on each others’ threat boards, and both will rise higher on those boards by 8/13. Bama, by virtue of another year’s worth of bruised pride in the Bayou, and LSU by virtue of young fellers named Hill and Mettenberger, amongst others.
    Damn, but you gotta love it!

  24. rsmeans says: Nov 5, 2012 9:35 AM

    Some times you wonder about the intelligence of some PAC12 fans. They claim Alabama has played no one but the computers overall rank Alabama with the number one SOS. Perhaps PAC12 fans cannot read or utilize google. Their fans match their teams’ performances. No one in the PAC 10 would be able to crack the top 6 in the SEC but their fans live in a dream world.

  25. roltyd says: Nov 5, 2012 12:23 PM


    Ole Lesticles did call some stinky plays, but Chavis deserves a shot on the chin for that defense scheme, when they had tormented the Tide throughout the contest with that “in your face” defense.

    Lastly, McCarron on his Heisman hopes improving after this performance…SERIOUSLY? He played subpar most of the game, and was the root cause for the fumble at the Tygahs 10 yd line.



  26. Deb says: Nov 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    How I hate the prevent defense … unless the opposing team is playing it.

  27. sssjim7 says: Nov 10, 2012 4:31 PM

    Wow… Texas A&M 20-0 over Alabama in the first quarter… who would have guessed?

    Oh wait… I did.. lol… I figured they would jump out to a nice half-time lead… my only question was whether or not they learned to substitute enough to not fade in the second half…

    It appears they are freely substituting… and Alabama is the one getting wore down… but there are still 3 quarters to go…

    We will see… good game so far:)


  28. sssjim7 says: Nov 10, 2012 6:01 PM

    Hrm… same old A&M… Alabama is running all over them now… just a matter of time…

    A&M needs to change their game plan now… lets see if they can adjust… Alabama is running them over now…


  29. sssjim7 says: Nov 10, 2012 7:32 PM

    Oh wow… what a finish…:)
    A&M hangs on to win…

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