The Notre Dame Fighting Irish again claimed a unanimous No. 1 ranking from the Associated Press after a 22-13 triumph over the USC Trojans on Saturday night. They lead the AP Top 25 for a second straight week in the latest version of the poll released Sunday afternoon.
But most eyes will turn to the lower portion of the week's top 25, as the nation waits to see whether a BCS buster can emerge from a trio of teams vying for a BCS bowl spot. Although the AP Poll does not factor into the BCS formula, it could serve as a hint at what the BCS rankings might look like when released at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.
The Kent State Golden Flashes lead the charge at No. 18 in this week's AP Poll, followed closely by the No. 19 Northern Illinois Huskies. The two will face off in the MAC Championship Game on Friday, with the winner looking to be in best shape for a possible BCS bid. The Boise State Broncos land at No. 25, but will maintain a much stronger position in Sunday night's BCS rankings.
The Ohio State Buckeyes, now the owners of a complete, perfect 12-0 run through their 2012 season despite bowl ineligibility, land at No. 4. The Georgia Bulldogs again land at No. 3 this weekend, and will take on Alabama in next weekend's SEC Championship Game.
Here's this week's entire AP Poll Top 25:
|1||Notre Dame (60)||1,500|