After 13 weeks of games, the college football championship picture has finally come into focus. We know that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will sit atop both the AP Top 25 and the BCS standings thanks to their dominant defensive effort against USC.
Right behind the Irish are the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs, the two teams who will meet in the SEC Championship Game next weekend. The winner of that game will be in line for a matchup with the Irish on Jan. 7.
Then there are the Ohio State Buckeyes, who just finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2002. But because of sanctions levied against the program last year, the team is ineligible for postseason play.
A lot of things will have to go right, but there is a chance that the Buckeyes could win the AP National Championship. It seems unlikely given that two of the three teams ahead of them in the standings will be playing for the BCS title, but given the crazy nature of this college football season, Ohio State at No. 1 in the AP poll would be a cherry on top of a delicious sundae.
Much lower on the totem pole is the chaos going on in the Big East. Rutgers and Louisville both laid eggs on Saturday, leaving the potential for a four-way tie atop the conference standings after next weekend and the conference's BCS berth in limbo.
All of the questions will be answered in just one week, so for now it is time to just sit back and bask in the chaos that this college football season has brought.
Here are the AP Top 25 standings for the week of Nov. 25 through Dec. 1 (via Sports Illustrated).
|WEEK 14 AP TOP 25 STANDINGS|
|1. Notre Dame|
|4. Ohio State|
|7. Kansas State|
|10. Texas A&M|
|11. South Carolina|
|13. Florida State|
|16. Oregon State|
|18. Kent State|
|19. Northern Illinois|
|20. Utah State|
|24. Oklahoma State|
|25. Boise State|