The New AP football poll ranks Notre Dame as the number 1 team in the country.
The Fighting Irish’s move to the top of the poll shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Notre Dame remained undefeated with a dominating 38-0 victory over Wake Forest while the previously ranked No. 1 and No. 2 teams both suffered surprising losses.
According to the Associated Press, this is the first time that Notre Dame has reached the top spot on the AP football poll since Nov. 14, 1993. If the Fighting Irish can defeat USC next week they will complete their a perfect regular season and earn a spot in the BCS championship game.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said that his team is playing like a No. 1 team.
“I told them tonight I’m proud of them. I voted them No. 1 for a reason, because I think they’re the best team in the country. I think they played like that tonight.”
Kelly, of course, isn’t the only one who thinks that Notre Dame is the number 1 team in the country. According to Sports Illustrated, Notre Dame received all 60 first place votes to climb to the top of the poll.
Notre Dame is riding high at the moment but they’ll have a challenge next week. Wide receiver John Goodman said that the team is up to the challenge.
“We’re going to be more focused than ever. The program is at an all-time high. It’s something we want to keep going. We won’t let USC get in our way. We just know we have one more, and we’re good to go for a national championship, hopefully.”
Here are the top 25 teams in the country.
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Kansas State
- Texas A&M
- Florida State
- South Carolina
- Oregon State
- Oklahoma State
- Kent State
- Northern Illinois
- Utah State and Mississippi State
Are you surprised that Notre Dame is ranked number 1 in the country?