FanIQ Top 25: There's a New Sheriff in Town
1. Oregon Ducks: 10-0 (LW: No. 2)
Chip Kelly used his vote for the Coaches Poll on Notre Dame. This is probably because he'd rather play the Irish than Kansas State in the BCS National Championship.
2. Kansas State Wildcats: 10-0 (LW: No. 3)
If the Wildcats can get by Baylor and Texas — and all signs point they will — they'll be making an appearance in the title game for the firs time in school history.
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 10-0 (LW: No. 4)
With USC looming, the Irish need either Oregon or Kansas State to lose in order to reach the national championship. And hope Alabama doesn't win out and jump them.
4. Alabama Crimson Tide: 9-1 (LW: No. 1)
If the Tide can recover by beating Georgia in the SEC championship, they'll make their case for national title bid. This is why we need an eight-team playoff...now.
5. Georgia Bulldogs: 9-1 (no change)
Since falling 35-7 to South Carolina, the Dawgs have outscored opponents 121-43 during a four-game winning streak.
6. Florida State Seminoles: 9-1 (no change)
FSU rushed for -15 yards in a scare against Virginia Tech, but the defense picked up the offensive slack by forcing three pivotal turnovers.
7. Florida Gators: 9-1 (no change)
They got the win, but there's something wrong in Gainesville. A seven-point comeback victory over Louisiana-Lafayette following a lousy offensive performance over Missouri isn't exactly what fans had in mind for their Gators.
8. LSU Tigers: 8-2 (no change)
Zach Mettenberger has shown drastic improvement over the last two games. He's 43-of-65 (66.2 percent) for 571 yards and three touchdowns and is showing much better decision-making, especially on third down.
9. Texas A&M Aggies: 8-2 (LW: No. 12)
Johnny Manziel is really good at football. In fact, he's so good that his family is going to trademark "Johnny Football." Get ready to see this kid break records through the next few years.
10. Ohio State Buckeyes: 10-0 (LW: No. 9)
Ohio State got a week off to prepare for what looks to be a rejuvenated Wisconsin team. Although the game means nothing on paper (Badgers already have title game locked up, Buckeyes are ineligible), you can bet your bottom dollar that both sidelines will be amped for an always-fun contest.
11. Clemson Tigers: 9-1 (LW: No. 10)
Tajh Boyd has 1,145 total yards and 14 touchdowns over his last three games. That's ridiculous.
12. South Carolina Gamecocks: 8-2 (LW: No. 11)
With last week's win over Arkansas, South Carolina has won six conference games for the second straight season. That's a pretty impressive stat for an SEC team, even if it's for the Ol' Ball Coach.
13. Stanford Cardinal: 8-2 (LW: No. 14)
The Cardinal need a huge win over Oregon to keep their BCS hopes alive.
14. Oklahoma Sooners: 7-2 (LW: No. 13)
Baylor torched Oklahoma's front seven for 252 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while containing the Sooners' offense in the second half. Even though OU got the W, there are still many areas of concern on both sides of the ball.
15. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 8-2 (LW: No. 17)
All the Cornhuskers have to do is beat Minnesota and Iowa, and they're in the Big Ten title game.
16. Texas Longhorns: 8-2 (LW: No. 20)
Winners of four straight, the Longhorns take on TCU before attempting to put an end to Kansas State's BCS title hopes.
17. Oregon State Beavers: 7-2 (LW: No. 16)
The secondary struggled big-time against Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, who threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start.
18. UCLA Bruins: 8-2 (LW: No. 19)
If the Bruins can pull of the win at home vs. USC this weekend, they'll be representing the Pac-12 South in the conference championship game — and this time it'll be on their own.
19. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 9-1 (LW: No. 18)
Colby Cameron stands as the only FBS starting quarterback to have not thrown an interception, which in pretty incredible considering he averages over 40 pass attempts per game.
20. USC Trojans: 7-3 (LW: No. 21)
With a win over their crosstown rival, the Trojans will be set up nicely to land a rematch with Oregon — this time with much more implications.
21. Northern Illinois Huskies: 9-1 (LW: No. 22)
Dual-threat QB Jordan Lynch has combined for 3,517 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.
22. Michigan Wolverines: 7-3 (LW: unranked)
Maybe Denard Robinson should take his time recovering from injury. Like, sit-out-for-the-rest-of-the-season-and-let-Devin-Gardner-do-his-thing time.
23. Texas Tech Red Raiders: 7-3 (LW: unranked)
It took overtime, but TTU was finally able to fight off those pesky Kansas Jayhawks, 41-34.
24. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 8-1 (LW: unranked)
Louisville's surprising 19-point loss to Syracuse automatically makes Rutgers the favorite to win the Big East.
25. Louisville Cardinals: 9-1 (LW: No. 15)
The Cardinals were used to coming from behind and winning tightly-contested games against underdogs, but were never within reach of doing so against Syracuse.
Dropped from rankings: Northwestern (23), Toledo (24), Mississippi State (25).
Other receiving votes (in order): Kent State, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Wisconsin, UCF, Boise State, Northwestern, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Utah State, Fresno State, Washington, Tulsa, San Jose State, Toledo, Middle Tennessee.