The only reason ND is behind either team in the human polls despite a far superior resume is because of something called pre-season rankings, which is the glorified equivalent of ESPN's Power Rankings (dog shit if I have ever seen it).
To boot, ND cannot point to the preseason ranking of their opponents, USC at #1, Oklahoma at #4, and Michigan at #8, who lost prior to meeting ND. Instead, each of those opponents has been discredited by the media and ND has been given no credit for scheduling the traditional powerhouses of just about every major conference outside of the SEC.
So really, the AP needs to make up its mind, as they cannot have it both way.
Anyway, go Notre Dame and go Steelers.
i'm with you as far as the Steelers go. Notre Dame has a shot... as long as they play Army.