BCS Rankings: Teams That Proved They Belong at the Top of the Polls

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 27:   Theo Riddick #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Fighting Irish defeated the Sooners 30-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

If you happened to be one of the fans that doubted Kansas State, Notre Dame or Alabama would keep up their winning ways, it was a rough College Football Saturday for you.

All three of those undefeated teams taking on Top 25 opponents not only survived their difficult tests, but passed them with flying colors. In a week that saw the likes of USC and Florida get exposed, winning in convincing fashion was a luxury.

With the a fresh set of BCS coming out, the field of title contenders is thinning every week. Here's why these three teams showed that they are in it for the long haul.

 

Kansas State

Every week it seems like the Kansas State Wildcats are finally going to fall. Every week Collin Klein shows up and leads the Wildcats to another impressive win.

At this point Kansas State has shown that it is a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12 and on the national scene. The Wildcats took on an impressive Texas Tech team that throttled West Virginia and came through in triple overtime against TCU. Of course they didn't just beat them, they blasted the Red Raiders 55-24.

Heisman front-runner Collin Klein led the way with four touchdowns. The perception of the Wildcats as a boring team has to be all but dead now, it marked the fourth time KSU has gone over 50 points in a game this season.

 

Notre Dame

Notre Dame did it once again.

All year this Irish team has been great in the fourth quarter and they found a way to close out a game once again. Many expected the Irish to finally drop a game traveling all the way to Norman to take on the red-hot Sooners. Instead, the Golden Domers established themselves as a very real candidate to play in the championship game.

Everett Golson stepped up in a big way down the stretch and scored a pivotal fourth quarter touchdown as the Irish outscored the Sooner 20-7 in the final frame to put the game away.

Notre Dame is one of the most divisive teams in the country, but if you weren't a believer before, the time is now to jump on the bandwagon.

 

Alabama

This just in, Alabama is really good. The Crimson Tide were dominant once again, this time against an undefeated Mississippi State team.

Critics of Bama were quick to point out that while Alabama's No. 1 ranking was based on its name and reputation instead of its merit this season. After all, the Tide's only victory over a ranked team came in Week 1 against Michigan.

That's an argument that can be laid to rest. The Bulldogs came into this game undefeated and came out exposed as Bama thoroughly manhandled the overmatched Bulldogs. Alabama claimed complete domination in all facets of the game.

The defense was as good as advertised and the offense was able to do whatever it wanted. It's pretty clear that Alabama is more than ready to defend its 2011 National Championship.

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