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Notre Dame is No. 1 in the BCS for first time in school history

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For the third straight week, the BCS has a new No. 1 team.

A pair of stunning upsets on Saturday for the top two ranked teams in the college football has given the BCS a new look with just two weeks before the end of the 2012 season. No. 1 Oregon was kept off balance all night by Stanford’s defense and lost in overtime 17-14. It wasn’t as close for No. 2 Kansas State, who got thoroughly knocked around by Baylor 52-24.

Now, there’s a new BCS 1 and 2. And, as expected, it mirrors the latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ polls. Notre Dame is the new BCS No. 1. It’s the third straight week the BCS has had a different top-ranked team, and it’s the first time the Irish have been ranked atop the BCS in school history. The only thing that keeps Notre Dame from its first BCS championship game appearance? A little rivalry game at USC this weekend.

Alabama comes in at No. 2 and would also be slotted to play in the BCS championship game if they beat Auburn and then Georgia in the SEC championship game. Speaking of the Bulldogs, they come in at No. 3. If both Alabama and Georgia win their regular season finales before the SEC championship game, the winner in Atlanta would be practically guaranteed to play in the BCS championship game. Remember when Georgia got crushed by South Carolina 35-7 in early October? Doesn’t matter anymore.

But don’t overlook No. 4 Florida. The Gators haven’t looked good at all since beating South Carolina in October, yet with a win over rival Florida State and a little help, Will Muschamp‘s team is very much in the BCS championship picture despite not even making the SEC championship game. Why? The Gators’ resume is tops.

Sitting at No. 5 and No. 6 are Oregon and K-State. Barring a complete meltdown atop the BCS, the Wildcats’ national championship hopes are done. The Ducks still have a glimmer of hope, but would need some help in front of them plus Stanford to lose to UCLA plus beat Oregon State plus win the Pac-12. When it comes to the computer averages, Florida is in a much better spot than the Ducks.

LSU comes in at No. 7 and Stanford, Texas A&M and Florida State round out the BCS top 10.

(Hat tip to the NFF for the chart) 

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48 Responses to “Notre Dame is No. 1 in the BCS for first time in school history”
  1. manchestermiracle says: Nov 18, 2012 9:06 PM

    Now we can only hope the trend continues and ND loses at USC next week. A long shot for sure, but at least the Condoms are finally out of the top 25, since their season has been a complete failure.

  2. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 9:13 PM

    The big 12 think it is an advantage to not have a ccg, but it kills them in tight bcs races. Okst could have jumped Bama if they payed that extra tough game.

  3. gamustangdude says: Nov 18, 2012 9:28 PM

    How crazy would this be comming play off time? 3 SEC Teams in the top 4? I know 1 would more than likely fall out due to the SECCG, but at least two would be there. The bottom of the SEC is just as Garbage as the other conferences, but no other conference has a stronger lineup at the top. Bama, UGA, UF, LSU, A&M, SC? Let’s go Dawgs!!! Beat GT!!!

  4. grendelg says: Nov 18, 2012 9:30 PM

    Why is Florida State so low with only one loss? I guess they can control their own fate against Florida, but it seems odd.

  5. gamustangdude says: Nov 18, 2012 9:32 PM

    Once the playoffs starts a lot of conferences might get rid of the CG. If the SEC didn’t have one, 3 SEC could make the playoffs.

  6. irishking says: Nov 18, 2012 9:32 PM

    The ghost of Bear Bryant will appear and Alabama will play ND on January 7th.

  7. minimiggy says: Nov 18, 2012 9:34 PM

    A&m should be 7 not lsu. #overrated sec

  8. Ben Kercheval says: Nov 18, 2012 9:34 PM

    “Why is Florida State so low with only one loss? I guess they can control their own fate against Florida, but it seems odd.”

    FSU’s computer average is 17. Win over Florida would help, but it’s a real long shot for the Seminoles to climb eight spots in two weeks.

  9. grendelg says: Nov 18, 2012 9:36 PM

    I feel like Division 1 is just too big. They need to take the top half of the teams and create one conference, and the bottom half and create another. Then the teams that have losing records 2-3 years in a row fall down and the teams with the best records from the lower conference over a 2-3 year period get promoted.

    That would alleviate some of the problems of these teams that are undefeated by playing weak schedules since there’d be less weak teams.

  10. gmenfan1982 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:36 PM

    FSU should be above K State and Oregon. See what happens when a team like Oregon plays a team with a defense? K State was manhandled by a team that wasn’t even at .500. Oregon should be out of top ten as well as k state. Oregon’s schedule is a joke.

  11. barbeaux says: Nov 18, 2012 9:37 PM

    @minimiggy, uhhhh you do realize that both LSU and A&M are in the SEC and that LSU beat A&M, don’t you?

  12. grendelg says: Nov 18, 2012 9:37 PM

    “A&m should be 7 not lsu. #overrated sec”

    You realize A&M is in the SEC now, right?

  13. Deb says: Nov 18, 2012 9:45 PM

    Congrats to Notre Dame … although I think this stat must be wrong. To hear their fans tell it, Notre Dame is always No. 1 at everything 😉

  14. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 18, 2012 9:53 PM

    After a quick glance I think Florida is basically a placeholder, if Oregon wins their final 2, both against top 18 teams, they will move ahead of Florida. Now we just need Auburn to play the game of their lives and then for Bama to rebound in the SEC championship game.

  15. jimmy53 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:59 PM

    FSU at 10 is a joke! Both Georgia and Florida have looked like crap against cupcakes in the last two weeks. LSU is extremely overrated, K-St got blown out by an unranked Baylor…once again, it holds true that you can only afford to lose a game if you play in the “vaunted” SEC. What a joke. Bring on the playoffs!

  16. imaduffer says: Nov 18, 2012 9:59 PM

    After all is said and done, the real winner is ND. They don’t have to share any of the money they make and will contiue that practice. It’s good to be the King!!!

  17. polegojim says: Nov 18, 2012 10:20 PM

    Glad you’re BACK Notre Dame… from a Wolverine Fan.

    Been a long and painful road, you earned it!

  18. gamustangdude says: Nov 18, 2012 10:23 PM


    If FSU was in any of the three top conferences they would easily be a 2-3 loss team. FSU is overrated, everyone knows it and the polls show it. However I did enjoy seeing you cry about it.

  19. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 10:29 PM

    Wow, one good year in twenty, and your a King. What does that make a team that has won 2 of the last 3 bcs titles with a shot at 3 of 4?

  20. jimmy53 says: Nov 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    gamustangdude: I’m going to assume you don’t watch much football, since your post was so asinine. First, I live in Tuscaloosa NOT Tallahassee, but even I can see teams like Clemson and FSU getting hosed by this system. Clemson lost one game to a top ten opponent, and they’re ranked behind two loss teams or teams that lost to unranked opponents. Georgia started slow against Ga. Southern and UF needed a miracle to make it past UL-L, K-St got thrashed by an unranked Baylor, and LSU barely got by Ole Miss and has looked underwhelmingly mediocre. And as for the the polls that you say “know” FSU is so over rated, umm the coaches poll has them at 5, and the AP doesn’t even count towards the BCS–the others are the cpu’s, which are so unbelievably off base that one has a one loss team behind a FOUR loss team. Try doing your homework before calling someone out–oh, fyi-a dissenting opinion isn’t necessarily wrong just because some hick calls it “crying”.

  21. sandy102270 says: Nov 19, 2012 12:02 AM

    As an alum, the only thing that matters to me about this poll is that Kent State is in it.

    Best team no one has seen play this year.

  22. irishdodger says: Nov 19, 2012 1:28 AM


    I think you’re confusing ND fans from your fellow Bama fans. It was reported on XM that Bama was already claiming their 113th NC Saturday night after #s 1 & 2 lost.

    As an ND fan I’m biased, but we’ve been away too long from championship talk to be that arrogant. Bama fans & SEC fans however think that winning the last six BCS titles (do all the SEC teams get rings ;)?) means that they’re entitled to win this year regardless of performance.

    ND has some weak teams on their schedule like Navy, Purdue & BC. At least their D1 teams are from a BCS conference or an independent. I’ll take blowout wins over a bowl bound Navy or close wins over a bad Purdue & Pitt team vs close wins over FCS schools like Towson or Sun Belt schools like ULL & WKU.

    Bama is a great team w/ a great coach. Their fans (not all…but definitely Finebaum Nation) love to criticize ND over their schedule regardless of the fact that their own schedule includes wins over unimpressive teams like: Western KY, Florida Atlantic, Western Carolina, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Miss St, Mizzou & Auburn.

    I’m guessing Bama’s biggest win is over LSU @ Baton Rouge. NDs would be over OU @ Norman or Stanford @ home. Baton Rouge & Norman are both near impossible places to win. But then LSU has trouble putting an FCS team like Towson away and beats a 1-11 Auburn 12-10. I’m just saying…if you live in a glass house, wait until the season is over to see how it plays out.

  23. irishdodger says: Nov 19, 2012 1:39 AM


    Good point, but let’s remember ALL great programs have had their down times. I don’t need to remind u of Bill Curry, Ray Perkins, Mike DuBose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Price or Mike Shula just as no one needs to remind me of Gerry Faust, Bob Davie, Ty Willingham or Charlie Weis.

    While u seem to be one of the few knowledgeable CFB fans on here, most can’t tell us who the HC that preceded the HC who turned around the following programs (w/o Google mind you). Just ask avg fan to name the following coaches:

    @ Texas between Darrell Royal & Mack Brown
    @ Florida before Spurrier (ex Paterno asst)
    @ LSU before Saban (former Domer All-American)
    @ USC before Carroll (no, it wasn’t John Robinson)
    @ OU between Switzer & Stoops

  24. bluburt says: Nov 19, 2012 1:41 AM

    Time for the Computers to go away when they have K State as the #4 team in the Nation…

    What a joke…

  25. norcalirish says: Nov 19, 2012 5:09 AM

    For the first time in history the school with the #1 Graduation Success Rate is #1 in the BCS.





  26. tide4life says: Nov 19, 2012 8:16 AM

    @ normtide: Go to the NCAACFB page of and see who has their own page, every year, even when they are suckling on the hind teat. There is no LSU Central page, no Oregon Central poge, no Kansas State Central page and certainly no Alabama Central page.

    There is that perennial cadre of sports punditry who have a Notre Dame fetish and will sing the praises of the Irish far, wide and loud even if ND can’t beat a rug.

    I guess they’ve seen Knute Rockne, All-American so many times they think it’s a documentary.

    But- they’ve earned it so far, so we’ll see how it plays out from here.

  27. rtfox says: Nov 19, 2012 8:20 AM





  28. rtfox says: Nov 19, 2012 8:22 AM

    They truly have the luck of the Irish.

  29. omniusprime says: Nov 19, 2012 8:48 AM

    The BCS now has the most pitiful excuse for a number 1 team ever, notre lame! Once again the corrupt SEC BS has picked SEC trash to be near the top. If notre lame loses expect another pathetic excuse of a national championship game as the SEC BS computers pick two SEC trash teams just like last year’s sordid excuse of a game.

    Garbage In, Garbage Out – the SEC BS computer rule

  30. sassysooner says: Nov 19, 2012 9:26 AM

    I’m just grateful that our 2 losses this season are the #1 and #4 team in the country and not unranked teams. No shame in being beat by the ones fighting at the top of the polls, in my opinion…

    This Sooner is not a sorry loser Sooner. I still can’t say “GO IRISH!!” but I’m kinda thinking it. 😉

  31. thraiderskin says: Nov 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    This whole thing just feels wierd to me… It was only 2 weeks ago when Alabama got beat down by Texas A&M and here they are in the NC conversation. Now I have said in the past, I still think Bama is the best program right now, but to have lost, at home when they did? With Georgia, they are very impressive sometimes, most of the time, other times it look like ANYONE can take them out, but they are top 4?

  32. Deb says: Nov 19, 2012 11:14 AM

    @irishdodger …

    Hon, forgive me, but I don’t have the patience to read a dissertation in response to a two-line tongue-in-cheek comment with a winky face. Get a grip.

  33. nolanwiffle says: Nov 19, 2012 11:43 AM

    normtide says:Nov 18, 2012 10:29 PM

    Q: “Wow, one good year in twenty, and your a King. What does that make a team that has won 2 of the last 3 bcs titles with a shot at 3 of 4?”

    A: A football factory that has zero interest in developing and educating legitimate student-athletes.

  34. packerbadger says: Nov 19, 2012 11:45 AM

    At least Oregon got beat. Tired of their whiney fans. But they do have really hot cheerleaders!….. all probably from out of state.

  35. 1historian says: Nov 19, 2012 11:45 AM

    Notre Dame against the SEC for the whole 9 yards.

    Doesn’t get any better.

  36. 1historian says: Nov 19, 2012 11:49 AM


    I agree that ND is pretty snobby, obnoxious and arrogant, but still – to be ranked at #1 in Div. 1 football and be ranked at #1 in student athlete graduation rate IS pretty impressive.

  37. udub says: Nov 19, 2012 12:05 PM

    Someone please tell me how in the world Boise State is ranked AGAIN? They have 2 losses on their incredibly weak schedule.

    No one can say with a straight face if the same season unfolded for a similar team not named Boise State they’d still be ranked.

    They’re just hanging on to past glory now.

  38. foreverlsu says: Nov 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    SEC fans will be pulling hard for ND to beat USC to claim 7th consecutive BCS title, GUARANTEED!

  39. gamustangdude says: Nov 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    Looks like I hit a sore spot, given your immature name calling and such. You’re right, I don’t’ watch every football game I’m only limited to what the Show an ESPN / ABC /CBS, etc. I haven’t watched Florida State play every week, because I’m busy watching other more entertaining games. I could easily say the same thing about you using your same assumptions. UGA started always starts slow. Starting slow isn’t a criterion that determines how good or bad a team is or how better another team is, results matter. They put up 45 points without trying; despite how slow they started Georgia Southern is a triple option team. How many triple option teams does UGA face on a regular basis? The answer is once a year, GT. A triple option offense is a little different egg to crack then what they normally face, especially if you only have a week (-) to get prepared. So yes, it took a couple of series to adjust to the style of play on the defensive side of the ball. Clemson and FSU getting hosed? How? You are like the many fans out there that don’t understand the polls so you instead of trying to understand why Clemson or FSU is ranked where they are, you chastise it. Yes Clemson lost to FSU; however what was their best win? They haven’t won against a top 25 team all year. They struggled to beat Auburn by 5 points. The same Auburn team that’s 0-7 in the SEC. FSU lost to NC State, they started off slow against VT and UM. FSU has been inconsistent all year. Clemson and FSU have 2 loss teams a head of them. Why? You could argue because each of those 2-loss teams has beaten a top 10 team. LSU and A&M have beaten at least 3 top 25 teams, FSU and Clemson also have weaker SOS then the three 2-loss teams above them. But last, if FSU or Clemson were to play those 2-loss teams neither one would be an overwhelming favorite, more so they would be an underdog. Clemson is a 4 point favorite at home versus SC. That’s not a lot. Florida and Florida State are damn near even. So what’s the point? Other than FSU or Clemson having 1-loss, there’s no justification to having them ranked above three BETTER 2-loss teams. And on paper, those 2-loss are better than your 1-loss teams. We will find out on the field this weekend. FSU hasn’t faced top defense, Florida has. Clemson faced a top defense and lost that game.

  40. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 19, 2012 1:40 PM

    Looks like we were correct, the NC will more then likely come out of the winners of the LSU/Bama game.
    Every year people Bi?ch and complain about SEC schools in the BCSNCG but what do they do with the chance of completely shutting the SEC schools out of it? CHOKE!!!
    There is a small chance that it might be sec vs sec…, a very very small chance.

  41. hsvrebelsfan says: Nov 19, 2012 3:04 PM

    To: irishdodger
    From: An Ole Miss Fan

    Now just a darn minute. When your team plays 5 top 20 teams and and plays them tough, then talk to me about scheduling in the SEC. This is our first year with a new coach and I am so proud of how hard we have played and how far we have come. I really hate how we are viewed as a lower class type of team because we don’t have a 9 win season every year.

  42. foreverlsu says: Nov 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    Congrats rebel fan, you should be proud. That was a fun game and Ole Miss definitely came to play. One less turnover may have resulted in a win. Very impressed with Hugh Freeze. Good luck in the Egg Bowl and beyond!

    Looking forward to my trip to Oxford next season. What a great college town! I try to make the visit every time.

  43. dannymac17 says: Nov 19, 2012 10:09 PM

    The Irish deserve to be where they are.

  44. Deb says: Nov 19, 2012 11:15 PM

    1historian …

    Well, of course it is. I never said otherwise. How does anyone take anything accompanied by a winky face so seriously?

  45. Deb says: Nov 19, 2012 11:32 PM

    @crasyasian …

    It has been an interesting turn of events :)

  46. twoody50 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:24 AM

    Strength of Schedule means absolutely nothing . Playing weak schedules don’t hurt your if your ND or a team from a BCS conference. I agree with glendelg…..Div I is too big.

  47. twoody50 says: Nov 20, 2012 7:27 AM

    Get ready to hate ND for years to come. When they start playing 5 teams from the weak ACC every year combined with their already weak schedule, they will stay near the top. Its about the money and ND is a hog.

  48. irishking says: Nov 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    Regardless of the criticisms, I am just thankful that ND is at the top and will likely play in the BCS title game. No, I am not greedy but grateful. Am I a snob? No way! Do I love Notre Dame? Of course, with every moving neuron in my body. If Notre Dame happens to play Alabama, that would suit me (and the Bear) just fine.

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