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Well, Week 11 certainly shook things up, didn’t it?

When the weekend began, there were six undefeated teams at the FBS level.  When the dust had settled, there were just four.

No. 1 Alabama?  Stunned by No. 15 Texas A&M in Johnny Football’s emphatic Heisman statement game.  No. 11 Louisville?  Rolled by an unranked Syracuse team that had lost five games this season by an average of just eight points, a fact that had the Cardinals on upset alert all week long.

Left standing?  No. 2 Oregon, which survived a first-half scare against a really bad Cal squad that will very likely be in the market for a new head coach in short order; No. 3 Kansas State, which had very little problem on the road in its dispatching of TCU; No. 4 Notre Dame, which ho-hummed its way to a 15-point win over Boston College; and No. 5 Ohio State, which easily took care of business against Bye Week State University.

So, there you have it.  Four teams with unblemished records with just three weeks — minus the Army-Navy stand-alone weekend — left in the 2012 regular season.

Given all that’s happened this weekend, we end up back in the place we always do at this point in the program: who ya got?  With No. 1 going down, who should be the top-ranked team in the country heading into Week 12?

Vote below, and whine a little bit lower.


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52 Responses to “Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. cowbulls says: Nov 11, 2012 2:13 AM

    If those 4 teams played a SEC schedule, none would make it thru without losing at least 3 games. Look at the bowl results every year and you will see that the SEC has great depth of very good teams.

  2. diablito0402 says: Nov 11, 2012 2:21 AM

    Sorry, but they dont play in the sec, so lets move on!!

  3. normswifevera says: Nov 11, 2012 2:24 AM

    Why don’t we save the SEC cheerleading for a week when your champion didn’t lose at home to a team finished in the bottom half of the Big 12 last year?

  4. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 11, 2012 2:30 AM

    Oregon looks like the #1 team. They will be tested the next three weeks (if they make it to the Pac-12 championship), and if they are undefeated by the end of the regular season, then they are the clear-cut #1 team.

  5. cambodianbreastmilk says: Nov 11, 2012 2:40 AM

    Yeah, cause SEC schedules that include 3-4gms a piece versus teams like Townson, Western Carolina, Tennessee Tech & Alabama A&M are extremely difficult games. Moron.

  6. fatguystrangler says: Nov 11, 2012 2:41 AM

    The SEC has been the pinnacle for years. That can’t be disputed, and I wouldnt try. Not this week, though. Bama loses to a first year conference member. Florida needs a blocked punt to beat a Louisiana school not named LSU. Auburn is a raging garbage fire. The college football world won’t revolve around the conference this week. Except on A&M’s campus.

  7. dgbk says: Nov 11, 2012 2:49 AM

    ducks should be #1… also will there be a post about an iowa advisor trading tickets to iowa football games for sexual favors??

  8. ranksarot says: Nov 11, 2012 3:18 AM

    Clearly Texas A&M should be ranked number 1

  9. joeychargers says: Nov 11, 2012 5:34 AM

    Oregon. No question about it.

  10. mungman69 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:25 AM

    There is just no question about it.

  11. rsmeans says: Nov 11, 2012 6:53 AM

    The SEC will not win another NC until 2014 when there is a playoff. No unbeaten team on this list would be unbeaten in the SEC and that includes Oregon, pathetic ND and OSU, and probably Kansas State. Kansas state is the best of the lot but none of the others could compete with Alabama, LSU, TAM or South Carolina. You are only as good as your competition. The NFL and SEC is unlikely to have anymore undefeated teams. They beat up on themselves. But in very weak conferences like the Big10, Big12 and PAC12 going undefeated is no big problem since all of the members are weak.

  12. irishirish777 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:20 AM

    K State

    That’s the way I see it. Go Irish!!!

  13. myvickinabox14 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    Wow, what a bunch of cry babies. SEC, blah blah blah. You wanna say your the best? Then don’t lose to A&M. It’s that simple. Go Ducks!!!!!!

  14. mannydomer61 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:55 AM

    oh yes because it it so hard to beat juggernauts like western Kentucky Arkansas ole miss fau western Carolina and auburn. You have played 3 ranked opponents and are 2-1 and lucky to be that. ND has played 4 ranked teams 4-0 and two of those teams would beat your so called best team.

  15. mannydomer61 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:56 AM

    Top three teams

  16. jerseyshoregiant says: Nov 11, 2012 7:58 AM

    The results of this poll are accurate so far

  17. rs424 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:07 AM

    Based on many of these posts, Bama should join the ACC, go undefeated every year — in the process pummeling Notre Dame back to the irrelevance to the championship they deserve this year — and then, in the actual championship game, crush the highest ranked half-team from the Big 10, Big 12 or PAC 12.

    Notre Dame? Really? They needed the complete self-destruction of Pitt to tie an unranked team and Pitt still had to have them the game in OT for ND to win.

    Clearly, Kansas State and Oregon are excellent teams, deserving a shot at the championship if they can win out — despite their relative lack of quality competition this year — particularly in conference play. The next best team this year is one of the one-loss SEC teams — whoever wins the SEC title game. The best team this week is Texas A&M.

  18. mannydomer61 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    Yep rs you are right they played like crap against Pitt. But guess what they won and are doing enough to win when no one even gave them a hope of being where they are right now.
    I will take unbeaten over style points especially with a top 15 ranked schedule

  19. giantrobot666 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:30 AM

    There is no reasoning with SEC apologists.

  20. omniusprime says: Nov 11, 2012 8:43 AM

    Ha Ha the SEC trash isn’t looking good for the national championship. Oregon is the best team in the land followed by Kansas State and notre dame is a pathetic joke who plays in a cream puff conference against cream puff teams. USC is going to end notre dame’s winning streak for sure. Go Ducks!!!

  21. seanb20124 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:48 AM

    Based on the play of ND lately, I see a big loss coming at the Coliseum

  22. fatcamper says: Nov 11, 2012 8:51 AM

    Last year they were 4-5 in the Big 12, but this year they are 2 close games away from running the table in the SEC. My head hurts thinking that the SEC might be overrated.

  23. lucky5936 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:52 AM

    normswifevera says:
    Nov 11, 2012 2:24 AM
    Why don’t we save the SEC cheerleading for a week when your champion didn’t lose at home to a team finished in the bottom half of the Big 12 last year?
    Are you seriously bringing up how Texas A&M did “Last year” into this discussion? Should Alabama be rewarded when they thump Auburn in two weeks because Auburn won a national title two years ago? The answer is no. Last year has nothing to do with this year. Texas A&M is one of the top teams in the country. A team that has a Heisman hopeful and has two losses by a total of 8 points to two of the seven teams in the BCS Standings. Anyone who believed A&M was the 15th best team in the country coming into this weekend was fooling themselves. They are a legit team this year and that is all that matters.

    Now onto the ridiculous comments about the SEC being weak. The BCS Standings reflect that a total of five SEC teams are in the top 10. No other conference has more than one team in the top 10. That means that both the press and coaches commonly recognize that the SEC is the best conference. So what if the SEC haters don’t agree because one SEC team defeated another SEC team. And please keep talking up the strength of the Big 12. Oklahoma losing being blown out at home by a Notre Dame team that struggles with Pitt, Boston College, Purdue, and BYU. Please tell me how awesome Texas is, the team who was crushed by that same Oklahoma team, lost to a 5-4 West Virginia team, and barely beat an awful Kansas team. Your hopes, rest on the talent of one team, who in turn rests their hopes on their one star player. Kansas State is a good team, but they barely beat an Iowa state team who is average at best. This doesn’t sound like the Big 12 better than the SEC.

    Finally, Alabama is a good team. That has not changed. Don’t be surprised if they rebound back into the National Title picture with a win over Georgia and losses by Kansas State and Notre Dame. Bama can still win the title this year. And if they don’t, then they don’t. That doesn’t mean however they won’t be one of the top two teams at the end of the season. They are not nearly as good on their defensive front 7. Which is why Texas A&M matches up so well with them. But what team out there does not have a weakness or two.

    In Conclusion, go ahead and kick Alabama why they are down this week. It may be the last chance you guys get before the SEC dominates the bowl season again.

  24. ericdinosaur says: Nov 11, 2012 8:53 AM

    So now A&M is an elite SEC TEAM? The same airheads who said Aggies can’t compete in their powerhouse conference are now going to talk them up. Apologists.

  25. jaws278 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:53 AM

    Well hold on now, Alabama DOES play the Western Carolina Catamounts next game. Make sure you tune in…it should be a nail biter

  26. stoutfiles says: Nov 11, 2012 8:57 AM


    -ND isn’t in a conference
    -ND consistently gives themself the hardest schedule they can
    -It is not ND’s fault that most of the ranked teams they play like USC turned out to be pretenders
    -Even so, ND still has a very good SOS compared to the rest of college football
    -It’s pretty funny that an armchair QB at his computer would call an undefeated football team pathetic

  27. blutbaddenbill says: Nov 11, 2012 9:07 AM

    ND Is good,but not great like oregon,kstate,or alabama is!

  28. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:30 AM

    I’m an SEC guy and I have to say, Oregon HAS to be #1. Also, if an SEC team does not play for the NC this year my conference deserves it for annointing Alabama to the title game last year when they didn’t rate to be there. I don’t care that they won the game, they shouldn’t have been playing in it in the first place. There’s no excuse to annoint a non-conference winner to the game like that just because you want the pretty rematch in the ultimate venue for both teams. A playoff cannot come soon enough.

  29. mogogo1 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    Funny what a huge role USC will play in this. They could take down ND…and if they fail to do so they likely kill both Oregon and ND with the computers by making one of their signature wins come against a 4-loss team. (Or even 5 if they can’t get by UCLA.) What a horrible system this BCS thing always was. So glad it will soon be gone for good.

  30. fatcamper says: Nov 11, 2012 10:37 AM

    I love the argument SEC fans make about strength of schedule when they feast on cupcakes outside of their conference play. The claim seems to be “we play each other and that’s good enough,” as they hide behind their status with the press. This year isn’t last year, and the SEC isn’t that good, so it looks like a soft conference schedule and a bunch of cupcakes to me.

  31. jamesgang34 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:46 AM

    Hey sec go on the road to Ohio st, USC , south bend etc play a good team on the road for a change not a neutral site.

  32. iamjimmyjack says: Nov 11, 2012 10:47 AM

    Alabama should not be top 5. When usc (1) lost to Stanford (9) I think, they dropped to like (11). Why should it be different when bama (1) losses to Texas a&m (15)? They lost. They are out of the championship game period. I hate sec fanboys

  33. jfrank8362 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:47 AM

    I think K-state should be # 1

  34. jamesgang34 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:53 AM

    @ lucky 5936
    Don’t use last year games as a measuring stick but do use last year games rank SEC(over rated) all teams so high in the polls to start the season. Normal SEC pick
    And chose what you want use.

  35. lucky5936 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:53 AM


    Being an SEC fan, I can honestly say very few conferences have the depth that the SEC has. Five teams in the BCS top 10 speaks volumes about how deep the SEC is. It is no where as soft as you claim! Whether you like the SEC’s out of conference schedule or not, you cannot deny how challenging running the table in the SEC is. There is a reason why they have won six straight national titles. There is a reason they have so many teams ranked in the top 10 of the BCS. The conference is the best. Now does that mean that teams like Oregon and Kansas State couldn’t go undefeated in the SEC? No, I wouldn’t say that all. I am not one of those fans who is going to instantly dismiss the talents of those programs. Oregon’s speed would cause problems in the SEC. And we have seen enough Texas A&M games to see how other SEC teams handle dual threat quarterbacks. But ultimately, the SEC is the top conference this year.

    Now as an even bigger college football fan, I would like to see stronger out of conference games scheduled with the SEC. I would like to say in closing, I have only heard the media and “Experts” claim the SEC doesn’t have to play anyone tough outside the conference. I doubt a head coach would say that.

  36. cpfirish says: Nov 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    Hey SEC fans your conference is over rated this!! Lets just face it! Bama plays two good teams all year and lose one to a team that just joined this year! I am sick of hearing how good the SEC is?! Oregon is the best team in the country kstate and then ND!..

  37. fatcamper says: Nov 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    I don’t disagree I’d like to see all of college football play harder out of conference schedules. That sounds like something the new system will bring to the table for us. This is what fans have always wanted.

    Part of your argument is “Five teams in the BCS top 10 speaks volumes,” but we draw different conclusions from this. In my eyes it supports that the conference is over hyped. UF, UGA, USC, and a 2 loss LSU simply don’t belong to be where they are ranked. Slide them all back a few spots and you would see less argument from all of us SEC haters.

  38. ebrownwareagle says: Nov 11, 2012 11:13 AM

    People! 6 straight NC’s… Which should be 7; a 14-0 Auburn team didn’t get to play for it Really! but that another subject;the Most players in the NFL! Somebody tell me how they are overrated! And OHio State and Oregon fans HUSH on this subject! When y’all play SEC y’all get SMOKED!!

  39. thraiderskin says: Nov 11, 2012 11:38 AM

    It really sucks that Alabama took this loss when they did, I still feel like they are the best college football team in the country, but you just can not lose to a non-top 5 team at home (not at the end of the season). I voted K-State, but I also think ND should be in the discussion. To me ND has played one of those schedules that you would make in the video games, Michigan, MSU, OU and USC (if ND wins and yes I know that the B1G is not very good right now). Oregon also has a great argument for the #1 title, for what they have done, but if ND beats USC, the Irish have pretty much accomplished what Oregon has and more.

    I know that this isn’t the right article, but I think Johnny Football should be right up there with Klein for Heisman

  40. trey29 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    I think it should be Oregon all I know is it makes for a real boring title game!

  41. smackingfools says: Nov 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    still games left on everybody’s schedule the last time I checked. lsu lost to arkansas a few years ago on the last game of the season and still played for the national championship.

  42. joedavis291 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:21 PM

    Oregon #1 KState#2 ALABAMA #3 ND#4

  43. oldforester says: Nov 11, 2012 1:03 PM

    If Johnny Football could do that to Alabama’s defense can you imagine how many points Chip Kelly’s spread offense would put up? Oregon has much more speed, more skill players, and a freshman QB as good as the talented Johnny F.. They also play much faster. Did you see what happened to Alabama in the second half. Now we know why Nick Saban was worried about playing fast football – his players collapse. That is not a criticism, replay the game, that is a fact. Oregon would blow them away!

  44. aggielandproud says: Nov 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    I think the Ducks and KSU should and will be in the NC game.
    Everyone saying tha TAMU was bottom tier BIG 12 is right but a new coach and a phenom QB have them playing like nobody would have even thought possible. Alabummer can’t play three top 15 ranked teams in three weeks and keep pace. The run and gun TAMU offense with a no huddle proved that no matter how good your deffense is you have to be able to sub players. It was a fact that the Tide D was out of gas by the 4th quarter and they were making mental errors. I love my Aggs and am glad they got out of the Big 12 but i really don’t think an SEC team with a loss should be in the NC if there is two unbeatens when the day is done.

  45. pedagoguish says: Nov 11, 2012 5:12 PM

    “Goodbye, Crimson”
    (sung to the tune of “Goodnight, Ladies”)

    Goodbye, Crimson
    Goodbye, Crimson
    Goodbye, Crimson
    The Tide rolled out today.

    Thank you, thank you A&M,
    A&M, A&M
    Thank you, thank you A&M,
    The SEC won’t play! :-)

  46. truetarheelfan says: Nov 11, 2012 7:58 PM

    this is ridiculous sec fans your league is still the best but per your own remarks on past post alabama is the number 1 team until beaten remember when you all were screaming that? or how about LSU is the number 2 team until beaten. as I have said in previous post if you can respect the fact that alabama was number one until beaten and LSU number 2 until beaten then you cant be hypocritical and say well we are the sec and I don’t respect the rankings of those other teams because they play an easy schedule. Give me a break. And give Oregon k-state and notre dame the respect they have earned until they are beaten. Its a double standard when you argue week after week why your teams in the great (and i am not being sarcastic there) sec are 1-2 until beaten but you can’t give other highly ranked teams the same respect. It shows a lack of class and bad sportsmanship as well as a very high level of hypocrisy. And before you all bash me and give me hundreds of thumbs downs I am neither a pac 12 or an sec fan I am strictly acc but my team is on probation and lets face is unc is known for just about every other sport except for college football. I am simply a fan fed up with the hypocritic fans in the sec. And no not all of you are like that so if this does not apply to you please take no offense

  47. dolbythomas says: Nov 11, 2012 10:24 PM

    you want to know who is best team– “oregon”,period,noone else comes close. the best freshman q.b. is mariota not marciel. if you really havent been watching, this 18 year old is unbelievable. a true once in lifetime q.b. he never gets rattled ever. and hes leading his team to a national championship– shit, johnny heisman my butt. mariota, not even close. at his age hes as good as it gets. and hes only 18 frriggin years old== ducks superior team this year in a walk

  48. suprmous says: Nov 12, 2012 1:49 AM

    Woah Sunshine a/k/a truetarheelfan, bein a faithful follower of LSU don’t you think you may be going over board just a bit? Not everybody who supports their team is hypocritical as you allude to. For one thing I’ve got 3 brothers who played at Bama 2 went onto play for various teams in the Pros and never once did I or do I come off as what you’re saying. If I get critical I can backup what I have to say. As for as being a hypocrite, that’s the furtherest thing from my mind. In fact I’m not crazy about those that are. With each meeting that ND had with Bama in the past I had respect for them but the fans was a different story. Those were some of the rudest fans I’d ever encountered in my life. But there again if one or any of their players wanted to pull some high jinks I didn’t mind screaming and voicing my opinion about it. I do the same thing now with LSU. I don’t sugar coat how I feel. You can either take me as I am or just leave me the hell alone. It’s your choice.

  49. dkhhuey says: Nov 12, 2012 8:29 AM

    All of the ‘my conference is the best’ argument makes me laugh! On any given gameday, a favored team can not show up and get thumped. It happens all the time and Alabama was the latest victim. It is bothersome that two one loss teams are ranked above an undefeated team but that is what happens when humans get input into the equation – there will be bias involved!

  50. sssjim7 says: Nov 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    Sigh… hopefully all this will play itself out on the field over the next couple weeks.


  51. truetarheelfan says: Nov 12, 2012 8:14 PM

    I think you need to reread my posting and if you dont get it than I think you need to read it again… I never alluded to EVERY FAN being hypocrites. What I said was I am sick of the hypocrisy of fans talking about how great their team is and how only their teams in their conference are deserving of high rankings… I also said that not all fans are like that so if ur not one of them please disregard… Soooo I am a little miffed… all I am saying is until oregon K state and Notre dame are beaten respect their rankings until they are beaten… that was my point…

  52. evilmonkeycmandtamc says: Nov 13, 2012 11:40 AM

    I heard that Kansas State has a weak schedule.

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