Thearon W. Henderson
The Oregon Ducks claimed the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll following Alabama's loss on Saturday
Alabama's stranglehold on the top spot is over after as the Oregon Ducks are now the top ranked team in the nation.
Alabama lost at home Saturday to Texas A&M, dropping them in the polls from No. 1 to No. 4 and moving Texas A&M into the top 10 at No. 9. The loss painted a somewhat clearer picture of potential National Championship scenarios, with Oregon and Kansas State controlling their own destinies, Notre Dame on the outside looking in and Alabama as the top one-loss team. Georgia, at 9-1, rounds out the top five.
Oregon received 45 of the 60 top votes. Kansas State received 14 top votes and Notre Dame received one.
Ohio State, who did not play this past week, fell out of the top five, but remained in the top 10 at No. 6. The undefeated Buckeyes do not factor into National Championship discussion as they are postseason ineligible this year, but the resounding and immediate success of new head coach Urban Meyer points to their likely involvement in title game talks in the near future.
|2||Kansas State (14)||10-0||1,451||3|
|3||Notre Dame (1)||10-0||1,382||4|
Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State 79, Northern Illinois 77, Mississippi State 48, Wisconsin 26, UCF 16, Boise State 14, Arizona 6, Fresno State 6, Cincinnati 6, TCU 5, San Jose State 4, Utah State 4, Tulsa 4, San Diego State 3, Northwestern 2, Toledo 1, Washington 1