AP College Football Poll 2012: Complete Week 13 Standings Released

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

For the second time in as many weeks, there is a new No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings thanks to another Upset Saturday.  

For the first time in 19 years, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the No. 1 team in the country. With just one game to go, Brian Kelly's team controls its destiny. If the Irish can defeat a deflated USC squad, they will be playing for the national championship. 

Kansas State laid an egg at Baylor, likely ending its chances of playing in the BCS National Championship Game. 

Oregon's high-octane offense couldn't get the ball moving. Now, the Ducks need help from UCLA, which plays Stanford next weekend, just to play in the Pac-12 championship game. 

Before we talk about more teams moving up, let's take a minute to realize that there really is no need to panic over having too many undefeated teams at the end of a season in college football, as upsets are always going to happen. 

Just three weeks ago, there were 11 undefeated teams ranked in the Top 25. Right now, there are just two, but one of them doesn't really count since Ohio State isn't eligible for postseason play.

Now, just behind the Irish is the old familiar face of Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide. Apparently, that loss to Texas A&M isn't as crippling as it seemed a week ago.

Assuming the Tide beat Auburn, which has yet to win an SEC game this season, they will be a victory over Georgia in the SEC championship game away from playing for a national title.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, if they take care of business against Georgia Tech and Alabama in the SEC title game, they will be on their way to the BCS title game. 

So much madness and chaos. It's just another Saturday in this wild, wacky college football season that leaves more questions than answers each week.

Here are the latest Associated Press Top 25 rankings (via SI.com):

 1. Notre Dame
 2. Alabama
 3. Georgia
 4. Ohio State
 5. Oregon
 6. Florida
 7. Kansas State
 8. LSU
 9. Texas A&M
 10. Florida State 
 11. Stanford
 12. Clemson
 13. South Carolina
 14. Oklahoma
 15. UCLA
 16. Oregon State
 17. Nebraska
 18. Texas
 19. Louisville
 20. Michigan
 21. Rutgers
 22. Oklahoma State
 23. Kent State
 24. Northern Illinois
 T-25. Utah State and Mississippi State