Irish Hold Steady at Number 5 in Week 9 BlogPoll

Jonathan Daniel

After a close call against the Cougars and big wins from some teams in front of them, the Irish maintained their spot in the top five.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 8

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (55) 24.41 1.05 --
2 Florida Gators (16) 23.19 1.37 Arrow_up 1
3 Oregon Ducks (2) 23.00 1.22 Arrow_down -1
4 Kansas St. Wildcats (4) 22.61 1.75 --
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) 20.92 1.53 --
6 LSU Tigers 18.62 2.12 --
7 Oregon St. Beavers 18.15 2.70 Arrow_up 1
8 Oklahoma Sooners 17.48 2.95 Arrow_up 1
9 Ohio St. Buckeyes (1) 15.34 5.12 Arrow_up 1
10 USC Trojans 15.03 3.38 Arrow_up 2
11 Florida St. Seminoles 14.51 3.40 --
12 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 12.51 3.22 Arrow_up 2
13 Texas Tech Red Raiders 11.24 3.98 Arrow_up 5
14 Clemson Tigers 11.09 3.54 Arrow_up 2
15 Georgia Bulldogs 10.97 3.84 Arrow_down -2
16 Louisville Cardinals 10.35 3.72 Arrow_down -1
17 South Carolina Gamecocks 9.97 3.72 Arrow_down -10
18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9.20 3.72 Arrow_up 1
19 Stanford Cardinal 7.19 4.02 Arrow_up 3
20 Ohio Bobcats 5.10 4.31 Arrow_up 3
21 Texas A&M Aggies 4.70 3.95 Arrow_down -1
22 Michigan Wolverines 4.15 3.18 Arrow_up 3
23 Boise St. Broncos 4.09 3.58 Arrow_up 3
24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 1.82 2.56 Arrow_up 5
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.54 2.42 Arrow_down -8
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Wisconsin Badgers | Toledo Rockets | Nebraska Cornhuskers | Northern Illinois Huskies | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Duke Blue Devils | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Cincinnati Bearcats | TCU Horned Frogs | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | North Carolina Tar Heels | Arizona Wildcats | UCLA Bruins | Michigan St. Spartans | Nevada Wolf Pack | ULM Warhawks | N.C. State Wolfpack | Kent St. Golden Flashes | Northwestern Wildcats | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

As I said when filling out my ballot, Notre Dame's position in this week's ballot really doesn't matter. After the game in Norman they're either going to be firmly entrenched as a national title contender or on the second-tier with a bunch of very good one-loss team who likely have no claim at the national championship.

It is worth noting that people are ready to elevate the Irish. They're firmly in the top five, and are actually closer to third place Oregon than they are sixth place LSU. I'm not sure if a win Saturday night would move Notre Dame past any of the teams in front of them - Kansas State has already won against the Sooners, Florida has the change for another great win versus Georgia, everyone loves them some Ducks and Tide - but it would help to build a wall between them, some of the other undefeated teams (Oregon State) and some of the more heralded one-loss squads (LSU, USC).

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