FanIQ Top 25: Notre Dame No. 1 for First Time in 19 Years
1. Notre Dame: 11-0 (LW: No. 3)
With a win over the Matt Barkley-less Trojans, Notre Dame will secure a national championship bid for the first time since 1988.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide: 10-1 (LW: No. 4)
Just like last season, the Tide have found a way back into the title mix after suffering a loss. Beating Auburn and then Georgia in the SEC championship game will fortify that.
3. Georgia Bulldogs: 10-1 (LW: No. 5)
Alabama may be the last hurdle for Georgia to get to the BCS National Championship.
4. Oregon Ducks: 10-1 (LW: No. 1)
That one hurt. The Ducks need a lot to happen – including losses to Notre Dame and either Alabama or Georgia – for them to get back into title contention.
5. Florida State Seminoles: 10-1 (LW: No. 6)
It’s pretty much inevitable that the Noles will be the ACC champs. But we’re going to find out just how good they are when they host the Gators this weekend.
6. Florida Gators: 10-1 (LW: No. 7)
Jeff Driskel is reportedly ready to go vs. Florida State, but will that make much of a difference? He’s struggled lately and the Noles’ defense isn’t to be reckoned with.
7. Kansas State Wildcats: 10-1 (LW: No. 2)
A loss to a team with the nation’s worst defense isn’t going to help out your case for a title run.
8. LSU Tigers: 9-2 (no change)
The Tigers survived a scare in Death Valley, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to outlast Ole Miss, 41-35.
9. Texas A&M Aggies: 9-2 (no change)
True freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel combined for 367 yards and five touchdowns in the Aggies’ 47-28 win over Sam Houston State. He’s your new Heisman leader.
10. Ohio State Buckeyes: 11-0 (no change)
I love what Urban Meyer is doing with Ohio State just one year after its first losing season since the late 80s. But there’s obviously a lot of holes throughout, and the Buckeyes would struggle against a lot of these other top-10 teams.
11. Stanford Cardinal: 9-2 (LW: No. 13)
A win over UCLA this Saturday will allow the Cardinal to play in the Pac-12 championship game against… UCLA.
12. Clemson Tigers: 10-1 (LW: No. 11)
Tajh Boyd has 1,674 yards and 22 touchdowns in his last four games. That’s an average of 418.5 yards and 5.5 TDs per game.
13. Oklahoma Sooners: 8-2 (LW: No. 14)
Oklahoma let West Virginia get a little too close for comfort, but Landry Jones’ 554-yard, six-touchdown performance was quite refreshing for fans.
14. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 9-2 (LW: No. 15)
All the Huskers have to do is beat 4-7 Iowa this weekend and they’re in the Big Ten title game.
15. South Carolina Gamecocks: 9-2 (LW: No. 12)
The Gamecocks were tied with Wofford 7-7 heading into the fourth quarter before pulling away late. Connor Shaw was very unimpressive, throwing for just 122 yards, a touchdown and an INT.
16. Texas Longhorns: 9-2 (no change)
Coming off a bye, Mack Brown and the Longhorns will take on TCU.
17. Oregon State Beavers: 8-2 (no change)
The offense erupted as OSU destroyed Cal, 66-14.
18. UCLA Bruins: 9-2 (no change)
Even if UCLA loses to Stanford, it’s still in the Pac-12 championship game.
19. Northern Illinois Huskies: 10-1 (LW: No. 21)
Dual-threat QB Jordan Lynch is the real deal. His 407 yards passing and 162 yards rushing against Toledo proved that.
20. Michigan Wolverines: 8-3 (LW: No. 22)
“The Game” is set to kick off this Saturday at noon. It will be Ohio State’s Super Bowl, so the Wolverines had better come to play.
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 7-3 (LW: unranked)
The Cowboys blasted Texas Tech’s defense in a 59-21 win.
22. Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 9-1 (LW: No. 24)
Not too long after Rutgers defeated Cincinnati, it was decided that the Scarlet Knights were to leave the Big East for the Big Ten.
23. Louisville Cardinals: 9-1 (LW: No. 25)
Hopefully the bye week will have allowed Louisville to recover from that beating from Syracuse. A matchup with Connecticut could set things up nicely for next week against Rutgers.
24. Boise State Broncos: 9-2 (LW: unranked)
The Broncos have won their last two games by a combined score of 91-28.
25. Utah State Aggies: 9-2 (LW: unranked)
Ranked for the first time this year is Utah State, which is coming off an impressive 48-41 overtime win over then-No. 19 Louisiana Tech.
Dropped from rankings: Louisiana Tech (19), USC (20), Texas Tech (23).
Other receiving votes (in order): Kent State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, San Diego State, Washington, Fresno State, San Jose State, USC, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas State, Texas Tech, Wisconsin, UCF.