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As expected, Notre Dame keeps its top spot in coaches’ poll

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebackers Manti Te'O and Dan Fox celebrate after breaking up a touchdown pass against the USC Trojans during their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles Reuters

Following its BCS championship-sealing win over USC on Saturday night, Notre Dame is not surprisingly atop both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ polls. However, whereas the Irish was the unanimous No. 1 team according to the media, the coaches feel a little bit differently.

Notre Dame received 56 of 59 first-place votes in the latest coaches’ poll with No. 2 Alabama receiving two first-place votes and No. 3 Georgia gaining one. Oregon and Florida, both coming off season-ending victories, came in at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. LSU, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Stanford and South Carolina round out the USA Today top 10.

Oklahoma moves up two spots to No. 11 after beating Oklahoma State and Florida State drops seven spots to No. 12 after losing to Florida. The Seminoles will need to beat Georgia Tech next weekend to secure a BCS bowl berth as it doesn’t appear the ACC will be getting any at-large spots. Same with Nebraska at No. 13. The Cornhuskers will have a rematch against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship.

Clemson drops five spots to No. 14 after losing to South Carolina and Boise State (???????) comes in at No. 15. This is where things get interesting. Seven BCS bowl spots will be secured (six AQ winners plus Notre Dame) and one would imagine Oregon and an SEC team (Florida, perhaps?) will be selected for at-large spots. That leaves one at-large spot available for a potential non-AQ team. Boise State, provided they beat Nevada next week, Northern Illinois (No. 18) and Kent State (No. 19) are all possible candidates to grab that last spot if they finish in the top 16 of the BCS rankings (the Big East’s champion will almost certainly finish lower in the BCS standings).

Not bad considering the non-AQ pool looked to be bone dry as of a couple weeks ago.

Northwestern, Utah State, Louisville, Michigan and Rutgers round out the top 25. Dropping out was Oklahoma State and Mississippi State.

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25 Responses to “As expected, Notre Dame keeps its top spot in coaches’ poll”
  1. cvilleirish says: Nov 25, 2012 1:36 PM

    I am OK with us not being a unanimous choice YET. What I hope is that the last 3 coaches are left with no other choice in a little over 6 weeks. Go Irish!!

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 25, 2012 1:56 PM

    6 SEC teams in the Top 10. Never thought I’d see that.

    ND should have to beat TAM, Carolina, LSU, Florida, and Georgia before they get to play Bama. LOL

  3. irishking says: Nov 25, 2012 2:08 PM

    What more can ND do to win a national championship except beat Alabama on January 7th? Bama fans have to remember the 1973 Sugar Bowl. I believe that kind of sugar will be served up once again in the title game.

  4. lrg51 says: Nov 25, 2012 2:13 PM

    Don’t get too excited yet boys and girls… I expect Bama to win their next game.

    THEN… we’ll see who is number 1. I still say Bama is the better team…

    Not a fan of either team…

  5. boyshole25 says: Nov 25, 2012 2:15 PM

    Oregon bama and k state are all way better than the domos

  6. lrg51 says: Nov 25, 2012 2:17 PM

    See previous article… “ND Kicked its way to BCS”. They should have added… against a mediocre team.

    That being true… its gonna take a lot more than kicking to beat Alabama…

  7. thegamecocker says: Nov 25, 2012 2:22 PM

    Hello, is anyone listening….South Carolina beat 10-1 Clemson at their place last night 27-17. Clemson was averaging 45 points a game! and over 500 yards of total offense. Carolina played without its starting QB Connor Shaw not to mention Marcus Lattimore. But Dylan Thompson did a great job throwing, running and leading the offense. Jadaveon Clowney had
    4 1/2 sacks. Can the Fighting Gamecocks please have some LOVE! We had what some pundits call the toughest schedule in the country yet we finished 10-2. Lorenzo Ward is a defensive genius and Coach Spurriers (both Father and Son) are genius on offensive. SOS is now the WINNINGEST COACH in South Carolina history and he did it at our nemesis, Clemson! Second straight season of double digit wins for South Carolina! Now can we have some LOVIN’!!!

  8. jgater1981 says: Nov 25, 2012 2:28 PM

    I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty sick of people with no football knowledge hanging onto the myth ND played an easy schedule while Bama and Georgia went through some huge grinder. ND’s schedule was WAY tougher than both of them. Those teams should be ashamed of their out of conference schedule (I’ll give credit to Alabama for UM at least). Last I checked ND and Alabama both played 3 top 25 teams and one of those two lost one (I’ll let you geniuses figure out who). Georgia played two top 25 teams and won a whopping one of them. I’m not quite sure why some of you watch college football when you don’t seem to know what’s going on.

  9. jgater1981 says: Nov 25, 2012 2:47 PM

    On top of the SOS myth, ND beat 9 bowl eligible teams. Alabama played, what, five of them? Notice I didn’t say “beat” 5 of them. The fact SEC teams play lousy out of conference schedules leads me to believe we don’t really know if the SEC is any good when they only play each other. Anyway, don’t let my facts get in the way of some good trolling.

  10. axltcu says: Nov 25, 2012 2:51 PM

    How does Texas only drop six spots and stay in the top 25 after the way they lost to unranked TCU? That game proved they are way overrated.

  11. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 25, 2012 2:56 PM

    Hey jgater:

    ND’s SOS is 30, Bama is at 39, Georgia is at 40…not that much separation, and not “WAY” tougher.

    8 SEC teams played more difficult schedules than Notre Dame. Neither Alabama or Georgia gets to pick and choose who they play in conference. Bama will easily handle UGA, then you will get your wish….it will probably feel like a giant suppository. LOL

  12. nuggets43 says: Nov 25, 2012 3:10 PM

    Yes, the SEC is far and away the most dominant conference in college football with six teams in the top 10.

    BUT, remember that both Georgia and Alabama each only played TWO of those top 10 teams, and they each went 1-1 in those games. They both had easy conference schedules by not having to play any of the difficult teams in the opposite division. So before we go praising Bama and Georgia for coming out of the most difficult conference with six top 10 teams, remember that they each only beat ONE of those top 10 teams.

  13. kansas525 says: Nov 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    Let’s look at this logically, whoops, that leaves out the SEC fanatics. Last year, Texas A&M was in the Big 12 and finished in the middle of the pack. This year, they are in the SEC and finishing 2nd in the “tough” division of the SEC, beating the Big Dog and only losing by 7 to LSU. Speaking of LSU, who just barely beat 2 division 2 teams and only beat Arkansas by 7, why are they still in the top 10? They have proven over and over they don’t belong there. Oh, that’s right they are in the SEC.

    Alabama and Georgia do not get to pick who they play in league play, but, most major conference schools do not schedule ALL of their non-conference games with Division 2 schools. That’s right Alabama played Michigan – I am impressed, NOT!! Except for Ohio State, the Big 10 is terrible this year, so no brownie points for that one either.

  14. irishking says: Nov 25, 2012 3:43 PM

    Ready for some more of that old sugar Bama fans? It’s coming and it won’t be sweet—–Just as the Bear himself can tell you. Ara is sitting in front of his TV in Granger waiting for January 7th and for bowl history to repeat itself. Bama will fall by ‘1’ again and cry as the Irish carry away the coveted crystal football.

    Whatever you do, do not come up to Notre Dame to try to poison some trees.

  15. 32maniac says: Nov 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    ND accepted an invitation to join the ACC for football. Kinda puts them in a situation similar to all other major college football programs. They will have little choice who they play except for nonconference games. In the ACC there won’t be many top 10 teams except ND. Got a few there who occaisionally bust the top 10.

    So the ND mistique will dissipate over time. They will be as someone else said – just one of the boys.

  16. dannymac17 says: Nov 25, 2012 4:48 PM

    @32maniac

    Wrong.

    They didn’t join the ACC for football.

  17. kozbee says: Nov 25, 2012 5:16 PM

    Enjoy the ride ND and its going to be tough here on out,wait till y`all meet the D-line of Bama.RT.

  18. dgbk says: Nov 25, 2012 5:17 PM

    @ dannymac17

    technically his statement is wrong but i still agree with his point. When ND move more towards their 5 ACC games a yr they SOS will lose some of it’s shine.

  19. kiopta1 says: Nov 25, 2012 5:25 PM

    Doubt it as they will still have Stanford, USC, navy( cause of the history as long as navy wants it), likely to keep Mich or MSU or a every other year thing. That makes it 10 games with 2 more to pick and ND doesn’t do FCS.

  20. brandonthinks says: Nov 25, 2012 5:28 PM

    SEC fans are like your neighbors annoying dog who won’t stop barking in the middle of the night. Just shut the hell up already! No matter what idiotic excuse you conjure up, it doesn’t change the fact that we are the highest graduation rate having, #1 scoring Defense having, bowl eligible (Integrity= you should look it up) uNDefeated, going to the BCS National Championship game, Numero Uno team in the entire country!

    Those that hate on ND, like most haters out there, are simply jealous of what they are not. The greatest fan base in the world – WE ARE ND!!!

  21. youcantmakemepickausername says: Nov 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    I’m not a Notre Dame fan at all, but it’s interesting that in a span of less than three months, their schedule has gone from “vicious gauntlet, they’ll be lucky to be a 7 or 8 win team” to “yeah they’re undefeated, but look at how soft their schedule was/is”.

    I don’t know, obviously you have to take into account how the other teams on their schedule have done, but the fact that Michigan, Michigan State, and USC majorly underachieved isn’t ND’s fault.

  22. rtfox says: Nov 26, 2012 4:50 AM

    U

    Are

    Notre

    Lame!!

  23. shorttracknews says: Nov 26, 2012 6:51 PM

    That’s why the coaches poll is a joke. You shouldn’t vote on woulda, shoulda, coulda or boo hoo we only lost one game. Bottom line is Notre Dame is 12-0 and the other teams lost a game. They should have all the votes. Anyone know where we can look to see who the 3 coaches were that didn’t vote for ND?

  24. thegamecocker says: Nov 26, 2012 7:06 PM

    Let’s see how ND’s ACC Schedule stacks up: Wake Forest, Duke, UVa, Boston College, Maryland (for next 2 years anyway) then either Louisville or UCONN. But Wake, Duke, BC, and UVa will all be constants. ND has a great defense but it wouldn’t be so great if they played an SEC schedule. Why? If for no other reason than injuries and emotional drain of playing a top team week-in / week-out. Playing Navy, Pitt, BC, is analogous to the SEC cupcakes that show up on the schedule. Mich and Mich St were not that good this season; Purdue sucks; Miami sucks; BYU was mediocre at best this season as was USC for that matter. Stanford was good and so was Oklahoma. My conclusion is ND will give either Ga or ‘Bama a good game – then they will lose. That is my projection.

  25. ndirish10 says: Nov 27, 2012 2:35 PM

    shorttracknews,

    I’ll tell you who those three coaches are: Saban, Richt, and Spurrier.

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