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Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…

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With Week 13 officially in the books, we’ll make this one very short and extremely sweet.

As was the case last week, there are just teams that have emerged from the carnage that was the 2012 regular season unbeaten and unscathed.

Notre Dame, thanks to its win over cross-country rival USC, sits at a perfect 12-0 and has earned a spot in the BcS title game in Miami Jan. 7 and damn that’s a long ways away.  Likewise, Ohio State is a perfect 12-0 thanks to its win over That School Up North.  Unlike the Irish, however, the Buckeyes will be on the outside of the BcS title game window looking in thanks to, well, ya know.

And, just to spice things up a bit because, quite frankly, voting on just two teams two weeks in a row would be (even more of a) bore, we’ll toss in Alabama and Georgia as well.

Sitting at No. 2 and No. 3 in the most recent BcS rankings, the Tide and Bulldogs will throw down in the SEC championship game, with the winner (probably) getting the Irish in the BcS title game.

Anyway, and without any further ado, who ya got?  On the final full weekend of the 2012 season (#sadface), who should be the No. 1 team in the country?

Vote below, and bitch about Notre Dame/the SEC/the Luckeyes/Oregon’s exclusion below that.


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37 Responses to “Poll: the No. 1 team in the country is…”
  1. millersirish1986 says: Nov 25, 2012 1:39 AM

    The IRISH!!!

  2. strauhal says: Nov 25, 2012 1:40 AM

    Clearly Orgeon.

  3. v2the4 says: Nov 25, 2012 1:43 AM

    Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas..all co #1’s

  4. pedagoguish says: Nov 25, 2012 1:46 AM

    Oregon is superior to all these teams. Stanford is #2. SEC bites the big one.

  5. BigBeachBall says: Nov 25, 2012 1:50 AM

    San diego state

  6. barbeaux says: Nov 25, 2012 2:25 AM


  7. kylefitta says: Nov 25, 2012 2:51 AM

    I’ll give all the credit to Notre Dame in the world. They weren’t even ranked at the start of the season, and wind up being ranked number one. With that being said, I don’t believe they can compete with the best. I believe there are several teams that are better than them, but weren’t fortunate enough to get an easy schedule. Alabama or Georgia will be an extremely difficult match up for them, one that I don’t believe they can overcome. Even if the game goes their way, such as the ball bouncing in their direction or poor calls against Alabama or Georgia, I still don’t believe they can compete. It’s a great story, but it’s one that’s not going to have a magical ending.

  8. rtfox says: Nov 25, 2012 5:18 AM

    Put a fork in those ducks, oregon’s nc chance is done! Our thanks to the pac12 for playing, and to ped for his intelligent and insightful wisdom.

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 25, 2012 5:50 AM

    Notre Dame with an assist from Lame Kiffen!

  10. truetarheelfan says: Nov 25, 2012 7:38 AM

    I have begrudgingly come to this conclusion… florida state wasnt over rated neither were clemson but if they played in the sec they would have a mininum… minimum of 2 losses. The sec prived yesterday that they are without a doubt the best conference I dont care what u think there isnt another conference as deep as them. And this is coming from an acc fan. If this is a down yr what does that say about teams like ak who will be back ole miss miss state. All of which right now have top 30 recruiting classes. Pac 12 can now shut up I like those ducks and I defended them but stanford exposed them. I hope in realignment u fguys pick up unc ncstate and dook then not only would u boast 3 of college footballs blue bloods but three of basketballs blue bloods as well. Can u imagine ky unc and dook with a good fl team up and coming bama and tenn all in the sec. Just wishful thinking but congrats on another wonderful yr sec. And before all of u sec haters say oh he must be crazy the proof is in the games played simoly put we all wanted people to see that rhw sec was overrated but u have to beat them for that to happen no one has done it. Again I love my acc huge tarheel fan btw top 16 recruiting class. But the sec is just the better conference.

  11. tg1896 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:16 AM

    Oops! Two tarheels in a row?

    I agree with many of your comments. Only problem is – the question was about the #1 TEAM – NOT the #1 CONFERENCE.

    Congrats to ND (#1) for sticking it to all the haters and proving your point on the field rather than the blogosphere.

    (and let’s just let NC State go to the SEC. I’m sure the rest of the SEC would appreciate having an extra bye week every season)

  12. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:26 AM

    What is with the “Luckeyes” comment? This team has been anything but lucky over the last few years.

  13. omniusprime says: Nov 25, 2012 8:43 AM

    notre lame got lucky this season, playing creampuff teams. Even when they faced USC they didn’t have to face Matt Barkley. The refs jobbed Stanford so notre lame could win. notre lame doesn’t even have to face a conference championship game against another highly rated opponent, they just get a free pass as an independent sissy team. I won’t waste my time watching another boring false national championship game.

    Boycott National Championship game!

  14. dkhhuey says: Nov 25, 2012 9:01 AM

    I hate to admit it but the Irish have earned the right to be #1. They played a fairly tough schedule and came out undefeated. As for my Buckeyes, they played a great and gritty season and came out 12 – 0 as well. All through the year they played ugly, mean, and came out the victors. Could they win out if they were in the title game – who knows. What I do know is this team had the talent and the attitude to refuse to lose and that is something that should be factored into the equation. Our season is over and it points to a great great future under Urban Meyer!

  15. irish75 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:02 AM

    Well we know who isn’t the top team and that includes those mighty ducks (hahaha), the cheaters from O-H…whatever, or those FCS killers in the SEC!

    No, those teams all imploded and showed their true colors by losing to teams we beat.

    No, it’s the Irish and it’s got the haters blood boiling!

    Christmas has come early.

    Go Irish!

  16. sssjim7 says: Nov 25, 2012 9:23 AM

    The ACC got spanked yesterday… no doubt about it. Hopefully next year will be better (can we skip the bowls this year? I have a bad feeling… )

    Last one out gets to turn out the lights…


  17. tampabayirish says: Nov 25, 2012 9:25 AM


    Boycott the national championship game.? You’re an idiot. This will be the highest rated BCS national championship game EVER. This game is full of story lines. ESPN will pump this up even more. The Irish bring viewers by themselves. The Irish vs The Tide or UGa…huge. You have North vs South. Tradition vs Tradition. Notre Dame/Brian Kelly haters vs Nick Saban/Alabama/SEC haters. (Nobody really hates UGa, except the Gators and that Techincal School in Atlanta). TV ratings will be massive in the eastern Catholic markets, through the midwestern heartland and in Dixie it will be 100%. Will the folks out West watch in huge numbers? There are a suprisingly relative, big number of Irish fans in southern California and Texas.

  18. thefiesty1 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:13 AM

    Another boring field goal contest with ND and Bama. Yuk!

  19. v2the4 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:18 AM

    actually, like a political pundit, I’ve “evolved” my thought process overnight…I actually think this will be great…Notre Dame, with their unique history, their own national tv network and the cocky leprechaun brian kelly vs the entire gulf of mexico, err sec, either “saint” nick saban or georgia.

    if georgia beats alabama in the gulf of mexico title game, they better beat notre dame in the bcs game, because if the lose, those bandwagon jumpers, banjo players, chewing tabbacOH purists and corn liquor moonshine drinkers down south will turn on Richt and UGA so fast it wont be funny…..

    they will take that GOM logo and be ready to go to town on anyone wearing bulldog red, including the fans of UGA, vandy ,kentucky ,missouri, alabama, lsu, the tandem of ole miss st, arkansas, a&m, tennesee…I left out south carolina and florida, because they arent cheering for UGA under any circumstances

    I think they will be a little more kind if its alabama losing because they will say well, if we(GOM conference) had to lose, at least one of our best teams lost it…had to lose couldnt last forever,and all of the other things that will be said…come back here late night on January 7, 2013 for further proof..

    Notre Dame 23
    gulf of mexico conference rep 19

  20. infrno says: Nov 25, 2012 10:29 AM

    Notre Dame is deservedly the #1 team, for a few more weeks. The winner of the SEC game will be the next BCS champion, I just hope it’s Georgia.

  21. vols84 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:29 AM

    Of all years, this is the one that needs a playoff and it needs to be an 8 team playoff.

  22. sssjim7 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:46 AM

    An 8 team playoff? Really… ???

    You would have Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Texas A&M and a fight over who got that 8th spot…

    K-State? Oregon? Stanford?

    Naw… one game will be plenty…

  23. bills4 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:55 AM

    Norte Damsel is a very over rated team. They could have lost at least 4 games as easily as they won them. If we want to watch a good BCS game, we don’t want them in it!

  24. swu32733 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    Oregon belongs in jail. And it is coming.

  25. bills4 says: Nov 25, 2012 11:22 AM

    People are putting up scores where ND gets at least 20 points in the BSC. At that rate, the kickers leg will fall off. That’s 7 field goals Rudy. Not gonna happen.

  26. watchfullhose says: Nov 25, 2012 11:23 AM


  27. gaelicwarrior5 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:27 PM

    Notre Dame finished the season beating nine bowl-eligible teams. By comparison, Alabama: five. Georgia: four.

  28. jimbo75025 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:58 PM

    gaelicwarrior5 says:
    Nov 25, 2012 12:27 PM
    Notre Dame finished the season beating nine bowl-eligible teams. By comparison, Alabama: five. Georgia: four.
    Come on now and get serious. Would ND have rather faced USC, Michigan, Michigan St, etc or face LSU?

    ND has what I would consider to be 2 quality wins all season-Stanford and Oklahoma.

  29. barbeaux says: Nov 25, 2012 1:08 PM

    @gaelicwarrior, how many of those bowl eligible teams actually have winning seasons? Any team can be bowl eligible these days because of so many bowls

  30. bman88 says: Nov 25, 2012 3:01 PM

    the sad thing is that who cares about tv ranking of course norte lame will get a lot of ranking but that doesn’t mean that they are one of the best teams in the nation. I think Alabama will wipe the floor with them it will be another boring national championship that has no meaning. I would guarantee that notre dame would get their trash kicked if they played anyone in the top 5 I am so glad that there will be a playoff eventually.

  31. v2the4 says: Nov 25, 2012 3:06 PM

    well, on paper at the START of the season, it appeared Notre Dame was only going to win 6 games….but that same paper had USC ranked #1 Arkansas ranked #10, had Auburn ranked #25…

    everyone knows the golden domers play their usual 8 teams every year:Navy, USC, Stanford, Pitt, Boston College, Michigan, Michigan St and Purdue….prior to this year, Notre Dame was getting clobbered by four of those teams(Mich, USC, Stanford and Mich St) and would drop the occassional game to Purdue or Navy….

    they put it all together this year…won late..won in OT three times…had goal line stands….stomped OU in Norman, where they had only lost four times in 13 years….beat a USC team that had been giving them fits for the last few seasons….

    you cant hate on them..they have their agreement in place…they only need to be in the top 6 to be guarenteed a BCS bowl, and they were the only school in the FBS who went undefeated..they did what they were supposed to do, and if they arent as good as their record indicates, they will get exposed in the bcs game.

  32. bman88 says: Nov 25, 2012 3:09 PM

    they beat usc with their back up, the refs gave them the stanford game and they almost lost to pitt.

  33. truetarheelfan says: Nov 25, 2012 4:16 PM

    Yes I did make a statement about the best conference but on previous post sec fans were always referring tonhow hard their conference was when k stste oregon and notre dame were all ranked top 3 I was simply grudgingly am saying sec fans are right they are the best… but notre dame is deservingly number 1 call them lucky call them overrated. U can even say they have an unfair advantage with God on their side. But they are the only undefeated team and they were only supposed to win what 6-7 games max… great job notre dame wish u all the best.
    And sec please take unc we have the facilities some of the best in the country we have a 70000 seat stadium we even have the deep pockets for it plus all our other sports are top or perinally top of the college world. Football program is getting better with good recruiting classes even under sanctions we have a top 16 class… we are cominf but everyone wants to play against the best for that we need to be jn the best conference if we want to get the bedt recruits. How bout it… lol judt a thought


  34. dkhhuey says: Nov 25, 2012 6:08 PM

    @irish75 – you are the poster child for why so many people hate the domers – it has nothing to do with your actual team because it hasn’t been even remotely relevant to college football for over 20 year. The one season that the team has actually produced positive results on the field and not imploded like usual has unfortunately casued jackass fans like you to come out of the woodwork and start vomiting ridiculous and stupid trash talk!

    Go SEC!!!

  35. totallysirius says: Nov 26, 2012 12:40 AM

    ND deserves the number 1 spot for going undefeated, it was a dream season.


    However, they did have a creampuff schedule this year, they didn’t play a single team with a live defense or a competent offense and they still had problems beating a couple of those teams.

    It will be interesting to watch the National Championship game, no matter who they face, their dream season will turn into a nightmare.

  36. totallysirius says: Nov 26, 2012 12:43 AM

    What is with John Taylor and all the hate for the Buckeyes?

    Very unprofessional, I thought sportswriters were supposed to at least have the appearance of being unbiased.

    John should go peddle his hate elsewhere.

  37. chillyphil73 says: Nov 28, 2012 2:47 PM

    To all you Irish fans who have suddenly come out of the woodwork for the first time in the last 20 years, I say to you congrats! You have officially, though undeservedly, earned the right to get your arses clobbered by either Alabama or Georgia in the BCS title game. Notre Dame doesn’t stand a chance in hell of beating a top tier SEC team. Yes they are undefeated, but they haven’t had to play anybody this year. Oklahoma is a shadow of their usual self, USC is plain pitiful-though even without Barkley ND could barely beat them, and Stanford really should’ve won but for poor calls and playing overly conservative at the end when they had the game in hand. No one else they played is even worth mentioning- so I won’t bother. Plain and simple, if they played in the SEC they would’ve lost at least two or three games easily. Right now, even on their home field, they couldn’t beat ‘Bama, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M or LSU- period end of discussion!! The only argument that you ND fans have is that they are undefeated. Big freaking deal. Any year that even a great team can go undefeated in the SEC is a truly rare and special year! That is why it almost hardly ever happens. Just twice this century so far that I can remember: Auburn in 2004 when they were on NCAA probation but were the best team in college football (especially seeing as how Reggie Bush should never have been on the field) and Auburn in 2010. I think that ND will be exposed in the title game because their offense is so one dimensional and predictable. They go to Tyler Eifert on every crucial down! You play an SEC team and that sh!t stops, cold turkey! Also, lets see how stand out Manti Te’o is when he’s fighting off SEC linemen on every other down. He’s going to be worn down, just like the whole ND defense will be by the end of the game after those long sustained drives the SEC is famous for that eat up clock and yardage! They have underachieved for the schedule that they played by barely winning week in and week out. So, we’ll see who the real deal is in January!! LMAO!

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