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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Stanford now No. 1 in social power rankings

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

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Stanford's Stepfan Taylor makes a final push against Notre Dame this past weekend.
Stanford tried four times to reach the end zone from inside the 5 on its final possession of Saturday's 20-13 overtime loss at Notre Dame. The question of whether Stepfan Taylor actually scored on his final push on fourth down and whether the whistle blew before he did may never be conclusively answered. But it no doubt helped fuel Stanford's rise to the top spot in this week's Facebook college football social power rankings.

Each week, Facebook weighs and combines total mentions received by each college football team with both the raw change in mentions on the site as well as the percent increase in mentions to arrive at an overall score -- the Facebook Social Power Ranking. Mentions are tabulated by aggregated posts or comments containing terms specific to each team.

The Notre Dame-Stanford game was televised nationally and was the highest-rated college game of the day (with a 3.9 rating edging out South Carolina-LSU), also a factor in driving interest on Facebook. The Fighting Irish are No. 8 in this week's Facebook rankings -- up six spots from last week -- and fifth in the BCS.

Stanford's surge, at least to the top of the Facebook rankings, if not into the end zone, knocked Florida out of the top spot on Facebook. The Gators, No. 2 both on Facebook and in the BCS standings, beat Vanderbilt 31-17 and are 6-0. Florida might be poised to re-claim its No. 1 Facebook ranking this week. ESPN "College GameDay" will be live Saturday morning from Gainesville, Fla., and Florida's SEC showdown against South Carolina -- ninth in the Facebook rankings and No. 7 in the BCS -- will be telecast nationally on CBS.

Defending national champion Alabama sits atop the BCS and jumped from No. 12 to No. 3 on Facebook after returning to action and routing Missouri 42-10.

Elsewhere:

• Week 6 is in the books and here's the NOC's breakdown of every fan in the NFL -- save for backers of the Chargers and Broncos, who played Monday night after this video was posted on You Tube:



The Broncos and Peyton Manning tied for the fourth-biggest comeback in NFL history, erasing a 24-0 third-quarter deficit to beat the host Chargers 35-24. Philip Rivers was intercepted four times and fumbled twice.

Naturally, the game and its aftermath were trending on Twitter:

#MileHighMagic #MNF !!!!! Big Win.

— Lance Ball (@LanceBall35) October 16, 2012


When you miss the baseball playoffs -- by 24 games -- there's always "Monday Night Football":

35 unanswered points... wow. #MNF

— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) October 16, 2012


• The Brooklyn Nets beat the Wizards 98-88 in their first home preseason game in Barclays Center:

Loved the crowd and atmosphere tonight in the Barclay's center #BROOKLYN nice to get W at home

— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) October 16, 2012
If you see any offbeat links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or to bsperos1@gmail.com.