Wild week of upsets has Notre Dame atop college power rankings ... and SEC back in the mix.
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By Charles Davis FOXSports.com
1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11-0 +2
And to stay in this spot, and play for a national title, all the Irish have to do is go to Los Angeles and beat a reeling USC team (reportedly without their starting QB, Matt Barkley). Sounds like the perfect setup, doesn't it?
2. Alabama Crimson Tide 10-1 +2
You may have wished and hoped that the SEC would not be a factor in the national championship race after Alabama lost to Texas A&M ... but you didn't really believe that, did you?! The Tide must beat Auburn (a near-certainty) this weekend and Georgia in the SEC championship game to earn a chance to defend their title.
Could never get going against Stanford's formidable defense, but Ducks were still a couple of makeable field goals away from winning. Can now only hope for a lot of help to move back into the national title conversation.
The Wildcats were pressured right from the jump by Baylor, and Bears QB Nick Florence did what RG3 could not just a year ago -- beat K-State. Was that head coach Bill Snyder's best — and last — shot at a national championship?
7. Florida State Seminoles 10-1 --
FSU clinched a berth in the ACC title game with its destruction of Maryland. The Seminoles’ blown-lead loss against an average NC State team will haunt them as they watch two other teams play for it all.
Yes, the Cardinal have two losses, but the second one will long be disputed by all who saw the last run by Stepfan Taylor at Notre Dame. Don't know Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason? You should now after watching his defense ground the Ducks.
9. Clemson Tigers 10-1 -1
The Tigers don't mind shootouts, and QB Tajh Boyd is at his best in a gunslinger-type contest. More than just state title on the line against South Carolina.
10. Florida Gators 10-1 -1
Because of back-to-back unimpressive weeks against teams they should dominate, I wanted to vote the Gators lower. But they have beaten the next three teams behind them in the poll.
Congratulations to the Pac-12 South champions. Jim Mora changed a mindset, a culture and an attitude — and in less than one short season. Look out AD Dan Guerrero: Here come the calls wanting your head coach!
Escaped Morgantown, W.V., with a one-point win over a team that began the season 5-0 but is now on a five-game skid. The Sooners are now tied atop the Big 12 with one loss, and have Bedlam against Oklahoma State looming at home this week.
I like how head coach Mike Gundy carries himself and projects that air of professionalism that permeates his squad. Down to their third QB, the Cowboys continue to put up big offensive numbers. Take a bow, QB Clint Chelf.
22. Kent State Golden Flashes 10-1 +1
Head coach Darrell Hazell, and RB/KR Dri Archer lead the charge toward a most special season. Many will check to see if Hazell is ready to listen to other programs that will need a new leader.
Speaking of tremendous coaching jobs, how about what Gary Andersen has done in Ogden, Utah? Led by sophomore QB
Chuckie Keeton, the Aggies just beat previously ranked, high-flying Louisiana Tech. Welcome to my poll, Utah State — you've earned it!