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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: October 9, 3:14 PM ET
Poulter leads Europe's comeback

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In the brief two-year history of the Cross-Sport Power Rankings, we may not have had a more competitive week for the top spot. A quarterback threw for eight touchdowns in a game, and a pitcher threw a no-hitter, and neither of them is No. 1.

Instead, that honor goes to Ian Poulter, who was the MVP for Team Europe in its stunning comeback against the United States to win the Ryder Cup. Europe trailed 10-4 on Saturday before Poulter went on an incredible birdie run, setting the stage for a record-tying comeback in Sunday singles.

That was enough in the eyes of our panel to best Geno Smith, the West Virginia quarterback who's making regular appearances in the rankings with his weekly video game numbers. Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in a win over Baylor. Five of those touchdowns went to Stedman Bailey, but it was Homer Bailey landing in the third spot after tossing the first Reds no-hitter since 1988.

That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events that fall in that time span.