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Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 12

Bleacher Report PollsAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2017

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 12

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    And we have a new No. 1.

    Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns while running for another 92 as Texas A&M upset top-ranked Alabama, 29-24.

    The Crimson Tide had a chance to win the game with just 1:36 left in the game, but A.J. McCarron's pass into the end zone was picked off by Aggie defensive back Deshazor Everett.

    They weren't the only unbeaten to fall.

    Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nasib threw three touchdowns, and the Orange handed the Louisville Cardinals their first loss of the season, 45-26. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 424 yards and three touchdowns, but the Louisville defense was unable to stop the underrated Syracuse offense.

    Read on to see the new Bleacher Report Top 25.

    *Note: Votes are calculated with 25 points going to the No. 1 ranking, 24 points going to No. 2, 23 points going to No. 3 and so on.

Others Receiving Votes

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    Wisconsin: 27

    Mississippi State: 18

    Kent State: 12

    Oklahoma State: 10

    Northern Illinois: 8

    Utah State: 6

    Cincinnati: 5

    BYU: 1

    Ohio: 1

No. 25: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 35

    Record: 8-2 (5-1, MWC)     

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Hawaii, 49-14

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Colorado State Rams

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns as Boise State defeated Hawaii, 49-14.

    Wide receiver Aaron Burks caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos.

No. 24: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 36      

    Record: 7-3 (5-1, Big 12)

    Last Game: No. 10, beat Northwestern, 38-31 (OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw two touchdowns and ran for two more in the Wolverines' 38-31 overtime win over Northwestern. Gardner completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards while running for another 47.

    Gardner started for the second straight game with Denard Robinson currently sidelined with an injured elbow.

No. 23: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Poll Points: 48      

    Record: 7-3 (4-3, Big 12)

    Last Game: No. 10, beat Kansas, 41-34 (2 OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Oklahoma State Cowboys

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for 476 yards and three touchdowns as Texas Tech beat Kansas, 41-34.

    Wide receiver Eric Ward caught 12 passes for 180 yards for the Red Raiders.

No. 22: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 66 

    Record: 8-1 (4-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Army, 28-7

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Cincinnati Bearcats

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Scarlet Knight wide receiver caught three passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns, helping Rutgers beat Army, 28-7.

    Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries.

No. 21: USC Trojans

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    Poll Points: 104          

    Record: 7-3 (5-3, Pac-12)                

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Arizona State, 38-17

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at UCLA Bruins

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Quarterback Matt Barkley completed 20 of 33 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns to lead USC to a 38-17 victory over Arizona State.

    Running back Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, while receiver Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a score for the Trojans.

No. 20: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 114               

    Record: 9-1 (4-0 WAC)

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Texas State, 62-55

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Utah State Aggies

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron threw three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bulldogs beat the Bobcats, 62-55. Cameron completed 31 of 45 passes for 337 yards.

    Running back Kenneth Dixon ran for 139 yards and four TDs for the Bulldogs.

No. 19: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 136

    Record: 7-2 (5-2, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, lost to Stanford, 27-23

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. California Golden Bears

    Previous Ranking: 14

    The Beaver defense created four turnovers, but it wasn't enough, as Oregon State fell to Stanford, 27-23. Running back Storm Woods rushed for 94 yards and 15 carries for the Beavers.

    Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz completed 24 of 39 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

No. 18: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 142

    Record: 9-1 (4-1, Big East)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, lost to Syracuse, 45-26

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs Connecticut Huskies

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Teddy Bridgewater's 424-yard, three-touchdown effort wasn't enough, as Louisville fell to Syracuse, 45-26.

    Recievers Eli Rogers and DeVante Parker combined for 15 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals.

No. 17: UCLA Bruins

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    Poll Points: 153       

    Record: 8-2 (5-2, Pac-12)   

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Washington State, 44-36

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. USC Trojans

    Previous Ranking: 20

    The Bruins survived a late scare, as Washington State outscored them 29-6 in the second half, but UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns to help the Bruins escape with the 44-36 victory.

    UCLA plays for the division title next week.

No. 16: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 176                 

    Record: 8-2 (5-2, Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Iowa State, 33-7

    Next Game: Nov. 22 vs. TCU Horned Frogs

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Texas quarterback David Ash completed 25 of 31 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns as the Longhorns beat the Cyclones, 33-7.

    Texas receivers Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis combined for 15 catches, 250 yards and a score.

No. 15: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 185       

    Record: 8-2 (5-1, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Penn State, 32-23

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for 171 yards and ran for another 104 as Nebraska beat Penn State, 32-23.

    Running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 116 yards for Nebraska.

No. 14: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 233

    Record: 8-2 (6-1, Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Oregon State, 27-23

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Oregon Ducks

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Kevin Hogan completed 22 of 29 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns, helping Stanford edge out Oregon State, 27-23. Hogan added 49 yards on the ground.

    Running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the Cardinal.

No. 13: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 267

    Record: 7-2 (5-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Oct. 10, beat Baylor, 42-34

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at West Virginia Mountaineers

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Sooner quarterback Landry Jones completed 25 of 36 passes for 277 yards and two TDs in the 42-34 win over the Baylor Bears.

    Running back Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners racked up 460 yards of total offense.

No. 12: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 269

    Record: 8-2 (6-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Arkansas, 38-20

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Wofford Terriers

    Previous Ranking: 13

    South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw two touchdowns and ran for another as the Gamecocks beat the Razorbacks, 38-20. Shaw finished the game with 272 yards passing while running for another 10.

    Wide receiver Bruce Ellington caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks.

No. 11: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 296       

    Record: 8-2 (5-2, SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Alabama, 29-24

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 253 yards and ran for another 92 as the Aggies upset the Crimson Tide, 29-24. Manziel threw two TDs on the day.

    Wide receiver Ryan Swope caught 11 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies.

No. 10: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 305

    Record: 9-1 (6-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Maryland, 45-10

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers defeated the Terrapins, 45-10, on Saturday.

    Backup quarterback Cole Stoudt came in with game in hand and completed five of eight passes for 40 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.

No. 9: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 329

    Record: 8-2 (4-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Mississippi State, 37-17

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Ole Miss Rebels

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns as LSU beat Mississippi State, 37-17.

    Wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.

No. 8: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 342

    Record: 9-1 (7-1, SEC)             

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 27-20

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Jacksonville State Gamecocks

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins returned a 36-yard blocked punt with just two seconds remaining as the Gators escaped an upset with a 27-20 win over the Ragin' Cajuns.

    Louisiana-Lafayette was up 20-13 before Florida backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett hit Quinton Dunbar for a three-yard score with just under two minutes to play to tie the game at 20.

No. 7: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 347

    Record: 9-1 (6-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 8, beat Virginia Tech, 28-22

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Maryland Terrapins

    Previous Ranking: 7

    FSU quarterback EJ Manuel threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns in the Seminoles' 28-22 win over the Hokies on Thursday.

    Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 39-yard score with just 40 seconds left in the game.

No. 6: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points: 364

    Record: 10-0 (6-0, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 3, beat Illinois, 52-22

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Wisconsin Badgers

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Bye week.

No. 5: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points: 387

    Record: 9-1 (6-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, lost to Texas A&M, 29-24

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Western Carolina Catamounts

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Alabama running back Eddie Lacy ran for 92 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough, as the Crimson Tide fell to the Aggies, 29-24.

    Quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 21 of 34 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two costly interceptions.

No. 4: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 401

    Record: 9-1 (7-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Auburn, 38-0

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Georgia Southern Eagles

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Bulldogs to a 38-0 blanking of the Auburn Tigers.

    Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 221 rushing yards and two TDs for Georgia.

No. 3: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 434 (1)

    Record: 10-0               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Boston College, 21-6

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson threw two touchdowns and ran for another as the Irish beat the Eagles, 21-6. Golson threw for 200 yards and ran for another 39.

    Running back Theo Reddick rushed for 104 yards for the Irish.

No. 2: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 462 (6)

    Record: 10-0 (7-0, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat TCU, 23-10

    Next Game: Nov. 17 at Baylor Bears

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Heisman front-runner Collin Klein threw for 145 yards and ran for another 50 yards as Kansas State beat TCU, 23-10. Klein also rushed for two scores.

    Kansas State was actually outgained 274-260 in total yards, but the defense managed to hold TCU out of the end zone for the majority of the game.

No. 1: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 467 (12)

    Record: 10-0 (7-0, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat California, 59-17

    Next Game: Nov. 17 vs. Stanford Cardinal

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards and six touchdowns as Oregon pounded California, 59-17.

    Josh Huff and De'Anthony Thomas combined for 210 yards and three touchdowns (all by Huff) in the blowout victory for the Ducks.

    Bleacher Report Voters: David Mayer (Poll Coordinator), Adam Jacobi, Adam Kramer, Alex Joseph, Alex Callos, Amy Daughters, Barrett Sallee, Carl Stine, David Luther, Rich Thomaselli, Eric Bowman, Ian Berg, James Brown, Jason Fraychineaud, John Rozum, Jonathan McDanal, Max Rausch, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam)

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