FanIQ Top 25: Notre Dame Against Who in the National Championship?
1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 12-0 (no change)
Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. Notre Dame will be making a rare appearance in the national championship – its 24-year hiatus is over.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide: 11-1 (no change)
After pummeling Western Carolina and Auburn by a combined score of 98-0, the Tide will take on Georgia in the SEC Championship to decide who will play the Irish in the national title game.
3. Georgia Bulldogs: 11-1 (no change)
The Dawgs’ 35-7 loss to South Carolina is clearly a distant memory, as they’ve beaten their opponents by an average of 23.5 points in six wins since.
4. Oregon Ducks: 11-1 (no change)
Not only will the Ducks not be flying south to Miami for the winter, but their chances of a Rose Bowl evaporated when Stanford beat UCLA.
5. Florida Gators: 11-1 (LW: No. 6)
By beating Florida State, the Gators have secured themselves a BCS berth – which will likely be the Sugar Bowl.
6. Kansas State Wildcats: 10-1 (LW: No. 7)
Collin Klein and Co. cannot afford another loss this weekend when Texas comes to town. Not only would they lose the Big 12 title, but most likely a BCS appearance as well.
7. LSU Tigers: 10-2 (LW: No. 8)
Two close calls against lesser opponents have LSU fans feeling a little edgy heading into bowl season. But Les Miles should have his squad ready for what looks to be a visit to the Chick-fil-A bowl.
8. Texas A&M Aggies: 10-2 (LW: No. 9)
Johnny “Football” ends the regular season with 4,600 total yards and 43 touchdowns. Very Heisman-esque, if you ask me.
9. Ohio State Buckeyes: 12-0 (LW: No. 10)
The season that could have been. With their eighth win over Michigan in nine years, the Buckeyes finish undefeated but cannot participate in postseason festivities due to ineligibility.
10. Stanford Cardinal: 10-2 (LW: No. 11)
If Stanford can beat UCLA for the second time in six days, it will represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl against either Nebraska or Wisconsin.
11. Oklahoma Sooners: 9-2 (LW: No. 13)
With a win at TCU and a Kansas State loss, Oklahoma can bring home the Big 12 title.
12. Florida State Seminoles: 10-2 (LW: No. 5)
Although it was an extremely disappointing performance by quarterback E.J. Manuel, the loss against Florida in essence does not affect the Noles. Either way, they’re still playing in the ACC title game and will likely play in the Orange Bowl.
13. Nebraska Cornhuskers: 10-2 (LW: No. 14)
It wasn’t pretty, but the Huskers got the job done and beat Iowa, 13-7. That puts them in the Big Ten title game in just their second year as a member.
14. South Carolina Gamecocks: 10-2 (LW: No. 15)
Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and the Gamecock defense held a red-hot Clemson offense to just 328 yards and 17 points.
15. Clemson Tigers: 10-2 (LW: No. 12)
See No. 14.
16. Northern Illinois Huskies: 11-1 (LW: No. 19)
There was no point in time where the Huskies were on upset alert against Eastern Michigan, winning 49-7. They’ll play Kent State in the MAC Championship.
17. Oregon State Beavers: 8-3 (no change)
Despite getting pummeled by a mad Oregon team, the Beavers don’t drop simply because nearly everyone else in the latter half of the Top 25 lost, too.
18. UCLA Bruins: 9-3 (no change)
The Bruins have a chance to redeem themselves against Stanford in the Pac-12 title game.
19. Utah State: 10-2 (LW: No. 25)
Winners of six straight and the WAC, the Aggies have already accepted to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
20. Boise State Broncos: 9-2 (LW: No. 24)
Even a win vs. Nevada – which is never easy for Boise State – won’t put the Broncos in a BCS game.
21. Oklahoma State Cowboys: 7-4 (no change)
There was no stopping Landry Jones, who threw for 500 yards and three scores against Oklahoma State’s defense.
22. Kent State Golden Flashes: 11-1 (LW: unranked)
You have to look back at the Flashes’ 47-14 loss to Kentucky in Week 2 and wonder how this team isn’t 3-9. But then again, it is the MAC and anything can happen.
23. Texas Longhorns: 9-3 (LW: No. 16)
Just when we thought the Longhorns were beginning to look like the team they were expected to be… WHAM. In comes 6-4 TCU to slam that door shut.
24. Northwestern Wildcats: 9-3 (LW: unranked)
The Wildcats are back in the Top 25 thanks to an explosive performance against lowly Illinois and a few losses from their counterparts.
25. San Diego State Aztecs: 9-3 (LW: unranked)
Since dropping games against San Jose State and Fresno State, the Aztecs are 7-0.
Dropped from rankings: Michigan (20), Rutgers (22), Louisville (23).
Other receiving votes (in order): Fresno State, Michigan, San Jose State, Tulsa, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas State, Rutgers, UCF, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Ball State, North Carolina, TCU.