USA Today College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 11 Rankings

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03: Nico Johnson #35 of Alabama celebrates stopping LSU on a fourth down conversion attepmt late in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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On Saturday, college football almost had a major shakeup at the top of the USA Today Coaches Poll. Instead, the logjam atop the rankings will continue for another week, as four teams remain undefeated and will continue to jostle for the right to eventually play in the National Championship.

No. 4 Notre Dame was the closest to falling out of that picture, surprisingly needing three overtimes to beat a a subpar Pittsburgh team, 29-26. 

Meanwhile, No. 1 Alabama survived a huge test against No. 9 LSU in Baton Rouge, overcoming a late lead behind a poised AJ McCarron to win 21-17. The image of an emotional McCarron after leading what was ultimately the game-winning drive is one of the moments of the year in college football.

No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Kansas State handled their business, with the Ducks simply outscoring No. 22 USC, 62-51, while Collin Klein and company survived a tough offense as well, beating Oklahoma State 44-30.

Several questions remain after Week 10. Is undefeated Louisville (ranked No. 10 this week) the real deal, or is the team's schedule too soft to consider them a serious contender this season? Do they deserve to be ranked below two-loss LSU?

And which teams with losses will have the biggest impact on the rankings moving forward? Will it be No. 15 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon State or No. 22 USC (if the Trojans make it to the Pac-12 Championship) against Oregon?

Is USC capable of beating Notre Dame?

Can No. 14 Texas A&M beat Alabama? For that matter, can either No. 5 Georgia or No. 7 Florida knock off the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship?

Finally, can TCU, Baylor or No. 17 Texas shock Kansas State?

There are plenty of teams that will be watching the above storylines very carefully, namely No. 6 Florida State, which could still sneak its way into the National Championship picture if enough teams above them lose. 

Stay tuned, folks—things are just getting started.

Here are your Week 11 rankings for the USA Today Coaches Poll:


Rank Team Record
1 Alabama 9-0
2 Oregon 9-0
3 Kansas State 9-0
4 Notre Dame 9-0
5 Georgia  8-1
6 Florida State 8-1
7 Florida 8-1
8 Clemson 8-1
9 LSU 7-2
10 Louisville 9-0
11 South Carolina 7-2
12 Oregon State 7-1
13 Oklahoma 6-2
14 Texas A&M 7-2
15 Stanford 7-2
16 Nebraska 7-2
17 Texas 7-2
18 Louisiana Tech 8-1
19 UCLA  7-2
20 Rutgers 7-1
21 Northwestern 7-2
22 USC 6-3
23 Mississippi State 7-2
24 Boise State 7-2
25 Toledo  8-1



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