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Irish a unanimous AP No. 1

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As expected, Notre Dame retained its spot atop the Associated Press Top 25 poll after a win over USC clinched one of the two spots in the Jan. 7 BcS title game.  In its latest release, all 60 media voters tabbed the Fighting Irish as the No. 1 team in the country.

If Notre Dame can beat the winner of the SEC championship game, they would become the first team since BYU in 1984 to finish the season as the AP No. 1 after beginning the same season unranked.

As was the case last week, the Tide, Bulldogs and unbeaten Ohio State filled spots 2-4 behind the Irish, with Florida moving into the Top Five on the strength of its win over then-No. 10 Florida State.  The Seminoles were the lone team to drop out of the Top 10 this weekend, falling three spots to No. 13.

Oregon (No. 6), LSU (No. 9) and Texas A&M (No. 10) dropped one spot each despite wins in Week 13.  Stanford, which beat UCLA to clinch the Pac-12 North and earned the right to face the Bruins again next weekend for the conference championship, was up three to No. 8.

Kansas State held serve at No. 7 from a week ago to round out the Top 10.

A trio of teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences each moved up five spots apiece: No. 18 Kent State, No. 19 Northern Illinois and No. 20 Utah State.  If some combination of those three teams, along with Boise State, finish in the Top 16 of the final BcS rankings released next Sunday — the Golden Flashes and Huskies square off in the MAC championship game this Friday — one team (the highest-ranked) would earn a BcS berth.

Louisville (then-No. 19), Rutgers (No. 21) and Mississippi State (No. 25) all dropped out of the Top 25, replaced by Northwestern (No. 22) and Boise State (No. 25).  With the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights dropping out, the Big East has no ranked teams in the AP poll.

(Writer’s note: I mistakenly juxtaposed the coaches’ poll with the AP poll when writing on first-place votes.  The error has been corrected.  Apologies to all.)

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7 Responses to “Irish a unanimous AP No. 1”
  1. bphoward says: Nov 25, 2012 1:02 PM

    ND received all 60 votes last week, as well. It was the coaches poll that they received all but 3 votes. Which appears to be the case again this week.

  2. raysfan1 says: Nov 25, 2012 1:55 PM

    1984 was a travesty. Yes, BYU went undefeated…in a third rate conference. The best team they played all year was 6-5 Michigan. Any of Washington, Florida, or Nebraska (#2-4) would have shredded them.

  3. kansas525 says: Nov 25, 2012 2:57 PM

    Well, I guess if Georgia does not have a passing attack, the Tide will cake walk (meaning a pathetically easy schedule – 2 good teams, one of which they lost to) into the National Championship game again. Fortunately for them, they will meet Notre Dame, a running team, instead of Oregon, so they will have a chance to repeat.

  4. cometkazie says: Nov 25, 2012 3:21 PM

    ND deserves to be rated #1 based on their record.

    Enjoy it while you can.

  5. afsgtret says: Nov 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    wow. poor alabama. they have a REALLY hard schedule next year. starting with 4 teams that went 14 and 33 plus all getting a new coach. that should be lots of fun.then we have chattanooga mocs, a div 2 team. and next on the list is the all powerful georgia state that will be newcomer to the fbs, now we get to the meat of the schedule. miss and miss st who combined for 2 wins against w/r in the fbs. (of course 1 of those wins was miss against miss st) they have scheduled their 1 ooc game a year that is decent next year. it will be VT that ended up at 6 – 6. they HAVE to play lsu and a&m. that is only 11 teams, so they might be able to get idaho or mass.

  6. v2the4 says: Nov 26, 2012 5:37 AM

    here are the 2013 schedules for alabama, notre dame and georgia…compare and contrast

    alabama’s sched for 2013:
    8/31 VaTech(6-6)@Georgia Dome
    9/7 Open (was Georgia Tech, game cancelled)
    9/14 @ Texas A&M(10-2)
    9/21 Open or TBA
    9/28 Ole Miss(6-6)
    10/5 Georgia St(1-10 in FCS)
    10/12 @Kentucky(1-11)
    10/19 Arkansas(4-8)
    10/26 Tennessee(5-7)
    11/2 Open
    11/9 LSU(10-2)
    11/16 @Mississippi St(8-4)
    11/23 Chattonooga (6-5 in FCS)
    11/30 @Auburn (3-9)

    will feature five bowl teams, and five teams with losing records. third year straight they not play Florida, Georgia or South Carolina during regular season. SEC continues with 8 game conference schedule.

    2013 Notre Dame schedule:

    8/31 Temple (4-7)
    9/7 @Michigan (8-4)
    9/14 @Purdue (6-6)
    9/21 Michigan State (7-5)
    9/28 Oklahoma(9-2, one game left vs TCU)
    10/5 Arizona St (7-5) @Arlington TX
    10/12 Open Date
    10/19 USC (7-5)
    10/26 @Air Force (6-6)
    11/2 Navy(7-4, one game left vs Army)
    11/9 Pittsburgh(5-6, one game left vs USF)
    11/16 Open
    11/23 BYU (7-5)
    11/30@Stanford(10-2, on game left vs UCLA)

    schedule will feature at least 10 bowl teams(could be 11 with Pittsburgh), and only one team with losing record. Notre Dame cancels Michigan series after 2013 to schedule 5 ACC schools, will also drop Pitt as non conference game since Pitt will be in ACC.

    Georgia 2013 schedule
    8/31@Clemson(10-2)(Clemson may cancel)
    9/7 South Carolina (10-2)
    9/14 Open
    9/21 North Texas (4-8)
    9/28 @LSU (10-2)
    10/5@Tennessee (5-7)
    10/12 Missouri (5-7)
    10/19 Vanderbilt (8-4)
    10/26 Open
    11/2 Florida(11-1) in Jacksonville
    11/9 Appalachan St (8-3, in FCS playoffs)
    11/16 @Auburn (3-9)
    11/23 @Kentucky (1-11)
    11/30 @Georgia Tech (6-6 one game left vs FSU)

    schedule features six bowl teams plus one fcs playoff team. also has five teams with losing records…if this schedule holds up, Georgia will play four teams with at least 10 wins, including three of the five(not including themselves) from the sec…their 2013 schedule is far harder than that of alabama.

    compare and contrast

  7. jericoc says: Nov 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    These are the same guys who had USC at No. 1 in the preseason poll …

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