Sooners Bounce Irish From The Polls

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

After a 35-21 win in South Bend, the Sooners are #10 and #11 in this week's polls.

It was bound to happen but now its official. No, I'm not talking about Lane Kiffin getting fired from USC. I'm talking about Notre Dame falling out of the Top 25 rankings. Oklahoma handed the Irish their second loss of the season on Saturday and in the ultra competitive world of college football, a 3-2 record doesn't get you ranked. I'm a firm believer that the Irish will be back in the Top 25 but for now it's the Sooners who handed Notre Dame the loss that bounced them out less than a year after a perfect regular season and a BCS championship birth.

While the loss sent the Irish packing, scoring the most significant win for the Big Twelve conference this season did little to help the Sooners in the polls. Oklahoma only moved up one spot to #11 in the AP and hopped two spots to #10 in the Coaches.

For the first time this year, OU is the highest ranked team in the Big Twelve. O-State dropped to #20 in the AP and #21 in the Coaches following their embarrassing loss to West Virginia on Saturday. Baylor is at #16 in the Coaches and #17 in the AP, while Texas Tech sits at #20 in the AP and #22 in the Coaches.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2
3 Clemson 4-0 1,354 3
4 Ohio State 5-0 1,305 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1,280 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1,171 9
7 Louisville 4-0 1,091 7
8 Florida State 4-0 1,069 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10
10 LSU 4-1 979 6
11 Oklahoma 4-0 838 14
12 UCLA 3-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 3-1 812 12
14 Miami (FL) 4-0 753 15
15 Washington 4-0 665 16
16 Northwestern 4-0 550 17
17 Baylor 3-0 536 19
18 Florida 3-1 481 20
19 Michigan 4-0 471 18
20 Texas Tech 4-0 264 24
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 230 11
22 Arizona State 3-1 192 NR
23 Fresno State 4-0 187 25
24 Mississippi 3-1 132 21
25 Maryland 4-0 119 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan State 5, Rutgers 2

Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 4-0 1546 1
2 Oregon (2) 4-0 1479 2
3 Ohio St. 5-0 1397 3
4 Clemson (1) 4-0 1352 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1325 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1148 10
7 Louisville 4-0 1147 7
8 Florida St. 4-0 1129 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1072 9
10 Oklahoma 4-0 964 12
11 LSU 4-1 931 6
12 South Carolina 3-1 860 13
13 UCLA 3-0 812 14
14 Miami 4-0 727 15
15 Northwestern 4-0 620 16
16 Baylor 3-0 573 18
17 Michigan 4-0 546 17
18 Washington 4-0 545 20
19 Florida 3-1 515 19
20 Oklahoma St. 3-1 330 11
21 Fresno St. 4-0 270 23
22 Texas Tech 4-0 231 25
23 Northern Illinois 4-0 131 NR
24 Arizona St. 3-1 118 NR
25 Nebraska 3-1 71 NR

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