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
|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|