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Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 13

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 13

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    When Alabama lost last weekend the SEC championship streak was in jeopardy, as Kansas State and Oregon just needed to win out to be in the BCS National Championship.

    It all changed this weekend.

    First it was Kansas State who got blown out by Baylor, 52-24. Then Oregon, who came into the game averaging 55 points per game, lost in overtime to Stanford, 17-14.

    Notre Dame, meanwhile, was able to stay unbeaten as the Irish blanked the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 38-0.

    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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    Northern Illinois: 26

    Utah State: 25

    Washington: 23

    USC: 15

    Texas Tech: 10

    Tulsa: 4

    Vanderbilt: 3

    Cincinnati: 1

    Louisiana Tech: 1

    Penn State: 1

No. 25: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 27

    Record: 8-3 (4-3 SEC)  

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Arkansas, 45-14

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at Nevada Wolf Pack

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Bulldog quarterback Tyler Russell completed 19 of 32 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns as Mississippi State demolished Arkansas, 45-14.

    Running back LaDarius Perkins added 91 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs.

No. 24: Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Poll Points: 31

    Record: 10-1 (7-0 MAC)     

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Bowling Green, 31-24

    Next Game: Nov. 23 vs. Ohio Bobcats

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Kent State is heading to its first MAC Championship Game after beating Bowling Green. Running back Dri Archer ran for 241 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries for the Golden Flashes.

No. 23: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 42

    Record: 9-2 (6-1, MWC)     

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Colorado State, 42-14

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at Nevada Wolf Pack

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Broncos quarterback Joe Southwick completed 17 of 20 passes for 216 yards and two scores as Boise State blew out Colorado State, 42-14.

    Running back D.J. Harper rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries for the Broncos.

No. 22: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Poll Points: 86  

    Record: 7-3 (5-2, Big 12)

    Last Game: No. 17, beat Texas Tech, 59-21

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Baylor Bears

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Oklahoma State steamrolled Texas Tech 59-21. Cowboys QB Clint Chelf completed 11 of 21 passes for 229 yards and three touchdown passes—all of them to wide receiver Isaiah Anderson.

    Anderson finished the game with four catches for 174 yards.

No. 21: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 110

    Record: 8-3 (6-1, Big 12)

    Last Game: No. 17, beat Iowa, 42-17

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Ohio State Buckeyes

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Denard Robinson got his first start since Oct. 27, but it wasn't at quarterback. Robinson actually started the game at running back and finished the game running for 98 yards on 13 carries.

    Devin Gardner got his third straight start behind center and completed 18 of 23 passes for 314 yards and three TDs for the Wolverines.

No. 20: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 134

    Record: 9-1 (5-0, Big East)   

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Cincinnati, 10-3

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Pittsburgh Panthers

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova hit Mark Harrison on a 71-yard touchdown pass for the only touchdown of the game as the Scarlet Knights beats Cincinnati, 10-3.

    Running back Savon Huggins added 179 yards on 41 carries for Rutgers.

No. 19: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 159

    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: 18

    Bye week.

No. 18: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 185

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

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Cal, 62-14

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Oregon Ducks

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Sean Mannion completed 24 of 33 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns, helping Oregon State overwhelm Cal, 62-14, Saturday night.

    Running back Terron Ward ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the blow-out.

No. 17: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 198

    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: 16

    Bye week.

No. 16: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 229    

    Record: 9-2 (6-1, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Minnesota, 38-14

    Next Game: Nov. 23 at Iowa Hawkeyes

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Taylor Martinez completed 21 of 29 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota.

    Nebraska's defense dominated Minnesota all game long, holding the Golden Gophers to just 174 yards of total offense.

No. 15: UCLA Bruins

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    Poll Points: 237

    Record: 9-2 (6-2, Pac-12)   

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat USC, 38-28

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Stanford Cardinal

    Previous Ranking: 17

    UCLA beat USC for the first time since 2006, coming out on top 38-28. With the win, the Bruins clinched the Pac-12 South and will take on either Oregon or Stanford for the Pac-12 title.

No. 14: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 281

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

    Last Game: Oct. 17, beat West Virginia, 50-49

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Landry Jones threw six touchdowns as Oklahoma held on to beat West Virginia, 50-49, in a thriller. Jones hit wide receiver Kenny Stills for a five-yard score with just 24-seconds left to seal the victory.

    Stills caught 10 passes for 91 yards and four TDs.

No. 13: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 305

    Record: 9-2 (6-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Wofford, 24-7

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Clemson Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 12

    South Carolina running back Kenny Miles ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 24-7 win over Wofford. It wasn't the most impressive victory of the year for the Gamecocks, as the Terriers actually out-gained South Carolina in total yards, 329-285.

No. 12: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 336

    Record: 9-2 (7-1, Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Oregon, 17-14 (OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at UCLA Bruins

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Cardinal kicker Jordan Williamson nailed a 37-yard field goal in overtime to upset the Ducks and hand Stanford the 17-14 stunner.

    Running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for 161 yards as Stanford actually out-gained Oregon, 411-405, in total offense.

No. 11: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 340

    Record: 10-1 (7-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat North Carolina State, 62-48

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Tajh Boyd threw five touchdowns and ran in another three as Clemson beat North Carolina State, 62-48.

    Boyd finished the game completing 30 of 44 passes for 426 yards while running for another 103.

No. 10: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 350

    Record: 9-2 (5-2, SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Sam Houston State, 47-28

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Missouri Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, threw three touchdown passes and ran two more in a 47-28 win over Sam Houston State. Manziel completed 14 of 20 passes for 267 yards while running for another 100.

    The Aggies were up 40-0 before handing it over to the reserves early in the third quarter.

No. 9: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 364

    Record: 10-1 (7-1, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, lost to Baylor, 52-24

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Texas Longhorns

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein threw two touchdowns and ran for another, but it wasn't enough as Kansas State fell to Baylor in a 52-24 shocker.

    Wildcats wide receiver Chris Harper caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

No. 8: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 377

    Record: 9-2 (5-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Ole Miss, 41-35

    Next Game: Nov. 23 at Arkansas Razorbacks

    Previous Ranking: 9

    LSU running back Jeremy Hill ran it in from one yard out with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to complete the Tigers' memorable come-from-behind victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, 41-35. Hill ended the day with 77 yards and three scores.

No. 7: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 419

    Record: 10-1 (7-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 10, beat Maryland, 41-14

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Florida Gators

    Previous Ranking: 7

    FSU quarterback EJ Manual threw two touchdowns in a blow-out victory over Maryland on Saturday. Running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries for the Seminoles.

    Florida State's defense was amazing, holding Maryland to just 169 yards of total offense.

No. 6: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 421

    Record: 10-1 (7-1, SEC)             

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Jacksonville State, 23-0

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Florida State Seminoles

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Florida's offense struggled once again, scoring only one touchdown all game against far inferior competition. The only other touchdown in the game came on a pick-six from linebacker Jon Bostic.

No. 5: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points: 453

    Record: 10-1 (7-1, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, lost to Stanford, 17-14 (OT)

    Next Game: Nov. 24 at Oregon State Beavers

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 207 yards and ran for another 89 in the Ducks' losing effort.

    The high-powered Duck offense was limited to just 414 yards and 14 points—both season-lows.

No. 4: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 471 (2)

    Record: 11-0 (7-0, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Wisconsin Badgers, 21-14

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Michigan Wolverines

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde scored his second touchdown of the game in overtime as Ohio State just managed to get by Wisconsin, 21-14.

    Hyde finished the game with 87 yards on 15 carries, helping Ohio State clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division, bowl ineligible they may be.

No. 3: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 494

    Record: 10-1 (7-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Georgia Southern, 45-14

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Aaron Murray completed 18 of 28 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs' blow-out victory over Georgia Southern.

    Wide receiver Chris Conley caught four passes for 76 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs.

No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 507 (3)

    Record: 10-1 (6-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Western Carolina, 49-0

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. Auburn Tigers

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Alabama running back Eddie Lacey rushed for three touchdowns as the Crimson Tide mutilated the Western Carolina Catamounts. 49-0.

    Backup running backs Blake Sims and T.J. Yeldon combined for 125 yards rushing and two scores as the Crimson Tide racked up 300 yards on the ground.

No. 1: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 544 (17)

    Record: 11-0               

    Last Game: Nov. 17, beat Wake Forest, 38-0

    Next Game: Nov. 24 vs. USC Trojans

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Notre Dame kept its undefeated season alive with a 38-0 win over Wake Forest. Irish quarterback Everett Golson threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

    Running back Cierre Wood ran for 150 yards and a touchdown for the Irish.

     

    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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