Fansided Top 25: Notre Dame Takes Over No. 1

Sep 15, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates after Notre Dame defeated the Michigan State Spartans 20-3 at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIR

No surprise atop the Fansided Top 25 this week, as Notre Dame takes over the No. 1 spot in the wake of Kansas State and Oregon’s losses. The upsets paved the way for Alabama to step back near the poll’s pinnacle. The Crimson Tide checks in at No. 2, and even garnered one No. 1 overall vote — the sole No. 1 vote to elude the Fighting Irish.

Oregon fell to No. 4, behind SEC Georgia, but ahead of the only other unbeaten in college football, Ohio State. The Buckeyes occupy No. 5 after their overtime defeat of Wisconsin. Ohio State faces a top 25 showdown this week when it hosts rival Michigan. The Wolverines are No. 22 in this week’s voting.

Entering the poll for the first time is Utah State. The Aggies beat Louisiana Tech to sew up the WAC championship, and garner No. 25 in the Fansided Top 25. USU joins fellow non-automatic qualifier conference representatives Kent State and Northern Illinois from the MAC.

Rank Team Record Points (1st Place Votes)
1. Notre Dame 11-0 399 (15)
2. Alabama 10-1 378 (1)
3. Georgia 10-1 354
4. Oregon 10-1 340
5. Ohio State 11-0 316
6. Florida 10-1 310
7. Kansas State 10-1 287
8. LSU 9-2 278
9. Stanford 9-2 274
10. Florida State 10-1 271
11. Texas A&M 9-2 254
12. Clemson 10-1 217
13. South Carolina 9-2 195
14. Oklahoma 8-2 189
15. UCLA 9-2 183
16. Oregon State 8-2 165
17. Nebraska 9-2 162
18. Texas 8-2 138
19. Rutgers 9-1 84
20. Louisville 9-1 78
21. Michigan 8-3 76
22. Oklahoma State 7-3 67
23. Kent State 10-1 50
24. Northern Illinois 10-1 43
25. Utah State 9-2 21

Others Receiving Votes: Washington 18, Mississippi State 9, Louisiana Tech 7, Boise State 7, USC 6, Northwestern 5, Tulsa 4, San Jose State 4, Arizona 2, Vanderbilt 1

Topics: Fansided Top 25, Football, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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