Pacific Takes BlogPoll, Week 13: Four Pac-12 Teams in Top 25

Steve Dykes

Only four Pac-12 teams make the Top 25 after the Pac-12 regular season, but Oregon and Stanford represent the conference well in the Top 25.

1. Notre Dame - Say what you will about how good the Irish actually are, they ran the table winning games against Oklahoma, USC, Stanford, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami and BYU. That's a pretty impressive list.

2. Alabama - Alabama now if the favorite to win their third national championship in four years, an astonishing feat in the modern era of college football.

3. Georgia - After years of underachieving, the Bulldogs now are basically in a one-game playoff for the BCS Championship game.

4. Florida - The Gators might have the most impressive resume of any team in the country, having beaten nearly a third of the teams in the Top 13.

5. Ohio State - The Buckeyes might be able to make a case for the AP title if their schedule had been tougher, but they simply didn't beat enough top teams to be considered.

6. Oregon - The Ducks bounced back well in the Civil War, but it was a touch weekend for the Ducks who will now have to miss out on the BCS Championship Game, Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship Game.

7. Kansas State - It had to be a long bye week for the Wildcats, but they can assure themselves a BCS bowl if they can beat Texas next week.

8. LSU - The Tigers have just as much talent as Alabama, but aren't nearly as consistent as they struggled this week with a bad Arkansas team.

9. Texas A&M - The Aggies are a team I'm sure no one wants to get paired up with in a bowl game.

10. Stanford - How did Josh Nunes beat out Kevin Hogan? The Cardinal might be undefeated had Hogan started from day one.

11. South Carolina - I think the fact that the Gamecocks aren't in the Top 10 is a testament to how many really good teams there are in college football this season.

12. Oklahoma - The Sooners are a very good team, but I don't know how well they will stack up with a top opponent if they make a BCS bowl.

13. Florida State - Are the Seminoles really playing a 6-6 Georgia Tech team in the ACC Championship Game?

14. Clemson - The Tigers gave the Gamecocks a good fight, but just quite aren't up to the level of the elite teams in college football.

15. Nebraska - Would be much more interesting to see the Huskers get a rematch with Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship Game than an unranked Wisconsin team.

16. Northern Illinois - The Huskies seem to be one of the best non-BCS teams year are year. Hopefully they can keep scheduling BCS conference opponents out-of-conference to show that they aren't just beating up on the MAC.

17. Texas - The Longhorns can salvage a slightly disappointing season with an upset of Kansas State and a potential BCS bowl invite.

18. Oregon State - The Beavers actually played Oregon fairly well, but made it almost impossible for them to make it a game because of their turnovers.

19. UCLA - Sure, the Bruins may have lost to Stanford by 18 points, but the rematch is the one that really matters as they still control their Rose Bowl fate.

20. Northwestern - A no-nonsense team that frequently slips under the radar, but is kind of like a less good version of Stanford.

21. Utah State - These guys could easily be undefeated with an easier out-of-conference schedule as they only lost at Wisconsin and at BYU by a combined 5 points.

22. Kent State - I remember Lou Holtz joking around about how Kent State had their best team in ages this year on the opening weekend of college football. I guess he wasn't actually joking.

23. Vanderbilt - Replaced Mississippi State as the mid-level SEC team that is better than you think.

24. San Jose State - I guess it wasn't a fluke that they gave Stanford a great game early in the season.

25. Michigan - The Wolverines have gotten back to being a good team each year, but can they be a BCS bowl-level team again?

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