So what happens if everyone has one loss? It appears that is where this thing is headed. Notre Dame is the only unbeaten left (unless you count Ohio State), and they face a stiff test this weekend vs. USC.
Alabama has to be feeling like they are destined to win this thing again, as two of the teams ahead of them – Kansas State and Oregon – get picked off. The Wildcats loss to Baylor was the more shocking score, as the Bears out rushed KSU 342-76…wow.
It is likely the polls, including the BlogPoll, will have the Irish #1. Despite their perfect 11-0 record, the eye test tells us they are not the best team. A national championship matchup between Alabama and Notre Dame would likely be a two touchdown spread. We’re sure it wouldn’t hurt the Tide’s feelings if the Ducks were left out.
A ton of great games are on tap for this Thanksgiving weekend. Oregon-Oregon State, Notre Dame-USC, Michigan-Ohio State, Florida–Florida State and Clemson–South Carolina…all should make for another thrilling weekend. This thing is far from decided.
You can find the complete BlogPoll here when it comes out each Tuesday morning. So, without further ado, here’s the RBN ballot this week:
|1||Alabama||10-1||3||Tide living a charmed life…top 2 lose; NC hopes revived.|
|2||Georgia||10-1||5||Bulldogs reach 10-win mark for eighth time under Richt.|
|3||Oregon||10-1||1||Despite loss, Ducks still elite. At Oregon State Saturday.|
|4||Notre Dame||11-0||6||Irish one game away from perfection. Visit USC in finale.|
|5||LSU||9-2||4||Tigers struggle putting away Ole Miss 41-35. Hogs Fri.|
|6||Florida St.||10-1||7||FSU clinches ACC Atlantic division. Host Florida Saturday.|
|7||Kansas St.||10-1||2||Bears outrush KSU 342-76 in shocking 52-24 win.|
|8||Florida||10-1||10||Gators offensive struggles continue, but ‘D’ shuts out JSU.|
|9||Stanford||9-2||12||Stanford’s physical approach trips up Ducks. At UCLA Sat.|
|10||Texas A&M||9-2||9||Could Aggies be in line for a BCS at-large bid? Mizzou next.|
|11||Clemson||10-1||8||QB Tajh Boyd accounts for 8TDs in 62-48 NC State win.|
|12||South Carolina||9-2||11||Gamecocks offense struggles vs. Woffard. At Clemson next.|
|13||Ohio St.||11-0||13||Buckeyes drop Wisconsin in OT 21-14; 2nd OT win in 2012.|
|14||Oklahoma||8-2||14||Sooners give up 778 TotYds vs. WVU and WIN? Bedlam next.|
|15||UCLA||9-2||16||Bruins win Pac-12 South title with 38-28 win over USC.|
|16||Oregon St.||8-2||18||QB Mannion’s 4TDs plenty to drop Cal 62-14. Ducks next.|
|17||Nebraska||9-2||17||QB T-Magic becomes Huskers All-Time Passing leader.|
|18||Oklahoma St.||7-3||NR||Cowboys WR Anderson (174 RecYds, 3TDs) beats TTU 59-21.|
|19||Michigan||8-3||NR||Wolverines turn to QB Devin Gardner in 42-17 Iowa win.|
|20||Rutgers||9-1||23||Rutgers tops Cincy 10-3…stay in control of Big East.|
|21||Kent St.||10-1||21||With 31-24 BGU win, Kent clinches MAC title game spot.|
|22||Northern Illinois||10-1||22||QB Jordan Lynch (407 PaYds, 3TDs) leads NIU over Toledo.|
|23||Texas||8-2||24||Thanksgiving Day game vs. TCU next on tap for Longhorns.|
|24||Louisville||9-1||25||After bye, Cardinals host Connecticut on Saturday.|
|25||USC||7-4||15||Trojans can play spoiler with high-flying Irish coming in.|
|Others considered: Washington, Boise St., Utah State, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, San Diego St., Wisconsin, Mississippi St., Arkansas St.|