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AP poll taps Irish as unanimous No. 1

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The coaches may not have felt that the lone postseason-eligible unbeaten deserved all their first-place votes, but that certainly wasn’t the case when it came to the media.

In the latest release of the Associated Press poll, the Irish were a unanimous No. 1, receiving all 60 of the first-place votes.  This marks the first time the Irish have been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll since 1993, five years after the Golden Domers’ last national championship.

As was the case in the coaches’ poll, though, Alabama is No. 2 while Georgia is No. 3.  After that, the two polls begin to diverge in their respective looks.

Ohio State, unranked by the coaches because of NCAA sanctions, comes in at No. 4 according to the media.  The Buckeyes and the Irish are the lone remaining undefeated FBS teams.

Oregon fell four spots to No. 5, while Kansas State trumped that drop by tumbling from No. 2 to No. 7.  Florida moved up one to No. 6, while LSU (No. 8), Texas A&M (No. 9) and Florida State (No. 10) complete the Week 12 Top 10.

Just like the coaches’, the media moved Stanford up a mere three spots following their win over then-No. 1 Oregon, with the Cardinal now standing at No. 11.  Stanford’s move up cost Clemson (No. 12), South Carolina (No. 12) and Oklahoma (No. 13) one spot apiece.

A total of four teams — Oklahoma State (No. 22), Northern Illinois (No. 23), Utah State (T-No. 25) and Mississippi State (T-No. 25) — moved into this week’s rankings, replacing Louisiana Tech (then-No. 19), USC (No. 21) and Texas Tech (No. 23).

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13 Responses to “AP poll taps Irish as unanimous No. 1”
  1. overratedgators says: Nov 18, 2012 2:25 PM

    JT: Stanford didn’t drop from #2; K-State did.

  2. jimmy53 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:34 PM

    This poll is a joke. It doesn’t even impact the BCS (thank God)–why do we even still pretend we care.

  3. atlantajimbob says: Nov 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    Many of us do care Jimmy. It was a great Saturday unless you were Oregon or KS.

  4. dannymac17 says: Nov 18, 2012 3:31 PM

    Notre Dame is the best team in the nation by far.

    Somehow the SEC creeped back into the top 5.

    Doesnt matter though, you cant SCORE on that ND defense

    one of the best ive ever seen.

  5. cometkazie says: Nov 18, 2012 3:33 PM

    Great Saturday indeed. It’s what makes college football such a great game.

  6. freemantowilliams says: Nov 18, 2012 3:33 PM

    Can’t wait till my noles destroy the gators next weekend and they only drop like 2 spots while we only move up to 9.

  7. kiopta1 says: Nov 18, 2012 3:45 PM

    Not a noles fan by any means (GO ND) but I will be cheering for the noles.

  8. sweetk24 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:27 PM

    Osu should be #2 after last week!! Go bucks 12-0 after next week!!

  9. mtnman2012 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:39 PM

    It’s BS, as usual.
    Stanford took ND into OT, in South Bend in the rain and lost by 3 F’ing points. Then Stanford takes it to Oregon on their field and wins in OT. But, the AP, coaches and writers stick it to Stanford in the posterior polls. They have the #1 run defense and held Oregon to 14 points, that’s 40 points LESS than their average. But still they get jobbed! F@#king BS!
    Typical.

  10. mungman69 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:58 PM

    This means that Notre Dame gets killed by Bama if Notre Dame gets that far.

  11. sssjim7 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:08 PM

    Clemson should be in the top 5!

  12. junior3443 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:19 PM

    mtnman2012 November 18, 2012, 4:39 PM CST

    It’s BS,as usual. Stanford took ND into OT,in South Bend in the rain and lost by 3 F’ing points. Then Stanford takes it to Oregon on their field and wins in OT. But,the AP,coaches and writers stick it to Stanford in the posterior polls. They have the #1 run defense and held Oregon to 14 points,that’s 40 points LESS than their average. But still they get jobbed! F@#king BS! Typical.
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    Stanford lost by 7 points not 3 points. Just sayin

  13. jimmy53 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:43 PM

    atlantajimbob: “Many of us do care Jimmy.”
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    That’s what makes the joke so sad. You have a mediocre LSU team ahead of one loss teams (that’s a joke). K-St got crushed by an unranked Baylor and ranks ahead of two one loss teams–FSU which lost their game by 1 point, and Clemson who got beat by FSU (that’s a joke). UF barely beat University of Louisiana-Lafyette, and ranks above superior teams (that’s a joke–that will change next week). Look, I live in Tuscaloosa, and even I can admit that the SEC bias is reflected most in the AP. Listen to the coaches poll, they actually know how this works.

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