Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 14

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Week 14

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    Notre Dame advanced to the BCS National Championship Game Saturday night with its 22-13 victory over USC. The Irish will be going for their first title since 1988 and will face the winner of next week's SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia

    The rest of rivalry week ended up being fairly one-sided.

    Alabama destroyed Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl—the largest margin of victory in the rivalry in 64 years. Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarren threw four touchdown passes, and running back Eddie Lacy ran for 131 yards and two scores.

    Georgia completely steamrolled Georgia Tech, 42-10. Bulldog running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 155 yards and five touchdowns.

    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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    Northwestern: 40

    Louisville: 32

    Vanderbilt: 28

    Penn State: 24

    TCU: 11

    Mississippi State: 10

    Texas Tech: 7

    Tulsa: 3

    Arizona State: 2

    Fresno State: 2

    San Jose State: 2

    Cincinnati: 1

    Toledo: 1

No. 25: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Poll Points: 42

    Record: 9-2 (5-1, Big East)   

    Last Game: Nov. 24, lost to Pittsburgh, 27-6

    Next Game: Nov. 29 vs. Louisville Cardinals

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Rutgers' offense struggled, producing only 207 yards as the Scarlet Knights fell to the Panthers, 27-6.

    Even with the loss, Rutgers clinched at least a share of the Big East title with Louisville's loss to Connecticut.

No. 24: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 62

    Record: 8-4 (6-2, Big Ten)

    Last Game: No. 24, lost to Ohio State, 26-21

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Michigan quarterback-turned-running back Denard Robinson rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough as the Wolverines fell to the Buckeyes, 26-21.

    Devin Gardner, starting his third straight game at quarterback, threw for a touchdown and ran for another for the Wolverines.

No. 23: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Poll Points: 66

    Record: 7-4 (5-3, Big 12)

    Last Game: No. 24, lost to Oklahoma, 51-48 (OT)

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at Baylor Bears

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Cowboys running back Joseph Randle's four rushing touchdowns weren't enough, and Oklahoma State fell to Oklahoma in overtime, 51-48. Randle rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries.

    Oklahoma State got the ball first in overtime, but was held to a field goal.

No. 22: Utah State Aggies

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    Poll Points: 83

    Record: 10-2 (6-0, WAC) 

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Idaho, 45-9

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: N/A

    Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton completed 17-of-25 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns as the Aggies easily handled the Vandals.

    Aggie running back Kerwynn Williams rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

    With the victory, Utah State won the WAC, its first outright title in 76 years.

No. 21: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 86

    Record: 8-3 (5-3, Big 12)

    Last Game: Nov. 22, lost TCU, 20-13

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at Kansas State Wildcats

    Previous Ranking: 17

    The Texas quarterbacks struggled on Thanksgiving, as Case McCoy and David Ash combined to throw three interceptions in a loss to TCU.

    The Longhorns committed four turnovers and will finish the regular season at Kansas State next weekend.

No. 20: Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Poll Points: 87

    Record: 11-1 (8-0, MAC)

    Last Game: Nov. 23, beat Eastern Michigan, 49-7

    Next Game: Nov. 30 vs Kent State Golden Flashes (MAC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Huskies running back Akeem Daniels rushed for 112 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries in Northern Illinois' blowout win over Eastern Michigan.

    Northern Illinois will face Kent State for the MAC championship on Friday.

No. 19: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 122

    Record: 8-3 (6-3, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 24, lost to Oregon, 48-24

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs Nicholls State Colonels

    Previous Ranking: 18

    Oregon State running back Storm Woods ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as the Beavers fell to the Ducks in "The Civil War."

    Beaver quarterback Sean Mannion completed 31-of-49 passes for 311 yards, but he also threw four interceptions in the loss.

No. 18: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 123

    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: 23

    Bye week.

No. 17: UCLA Bruins

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    Poll Points: 129

    Record: 9-3 (6-3, Pac-12)   

    Last Game: Nov. 24, lost to Stanford, 35-17

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Stanford Cardinal (Pac-12 Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 15

    UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin ran for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Bruins' loss to Stanford.

    Bruin quarterback Brett Hundley completed 20-of-38 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

    UCLA will get its opportunity for revenge next Saturday when it plays Stanford for the Pac-12 title.

No. 16: Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Poll Points: 147

    Record: 11-1 (8-0, MAC)     

    Last Game: Nov. 23, beat Ohio, 28-6

    Next Game: Nov. 30 vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (MAC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 24

    Kant State scored two defensive touchdowns in a lopsided victory over Ohio on Friday. Safety Luke Wollet returned a fumble 50 yards for a score, and linebacker C.J. Malauulu returned an interception 33 yards for the other.

    The Golden Flashes won the East Division and will meet Northern Illinois for the MAC championship.

No. 15: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 231

    Record: 10-2 (6-2, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 24, lost to South Carolina, 27-17

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Clemson's high-powered offense was shut down by South Carolina's defense as the Tigers fell to the Gamecocks on Saturday night.

    Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd completed just 11-of-24 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown, along with two interceptions. Boyd also ran for 26 yards and added a three-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

No. 14: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 252

    Record: 10-2 (7-1, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 23, beat Iowa, 13-6

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:07 left in the third quarter to help Nebraska clinch the Legends Division. Burkhead finished with 69 yards on 16 carries.

    The Nebraska defense held Iowa to 200 yards of total offense.

No. 13: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 265

    Record: 10-2 (7-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Nov. 24, lost to Florida, 37-26

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (ACC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel threw for a touchdown and ran for two more, but it wasn't enough as the Seminoles fell to the Gators, 37-26. Manuel completed 18-of-33 passes for 182 yards while running for another 54.

    Florida State will face Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game next Saturday.

No. 12: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 276

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

    Last Game: Oct. 24, beat Oklahoma State, 51-48 (OT)

    Next Game: Dec. 1 at TCU Horned Frogs

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay ran for an 18-yard touchdown in overtime as the Sooners beat the Cowboys, 51-48.

    Sooners quarterback Landry Jones completed an astounding 46-of-71 passes for 500 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

No. 11: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 311

    Record: 10-2 (6-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Clemson, 27-17

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 13

    The Gamecocks' usual starting quarterback, Connor Shaw, never played a down on Saturday night, but it didn't matter, as backup quarterback Dylan Thompson led South Carolina to a 27-17 win over Clemson.

    Thompson completed 23-of-41 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the starting role.

No. 10: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 336

    Record: 10-2 (8-1, Pac-12)

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat UCLA, 35-17

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. UCLA Bruins (Pac-12 Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinal handily beat the Bruins, 35-17.

    Cardinal running back Anthony Wilkerson added 48 yards rushing and a score as Stanford racked up 221 yards on the ground.

    With the victory, Stanford will face UCLA again next Saturday for the Pac-12 championship.

No. 9: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 339

    Record: 10-2 (6-2, SEC)

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Missouri, 59-29

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel threw three touchdowns and ran for two more, helping Texas A&M destroy Missouri, 59-29. Manziel threw for 372 yards and ran for another 67.

    The Aggies offense racked up 645 yards of total offense in the lopsided victory.

No. 7: LSU Tigers (tie)

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    Poll Points: 356

    Record: 10-2 (6-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 23, beat Arkansas, 20-13

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham caught four passes for 112 yards as LSU escaped with a 20-13 win over Arkansas. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 16-of-29 passes for 217 yards and a score for the Tigers.

    Running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for LSU.

No. 7: Kansas State Wildcats (tie)

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    Poll Points: 356

    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: 9

    Bye week.

No. 6: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 408

    Record: 11-1 (7-1, SEC)             

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Florida State, 37-26

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 6

    Gators running back Mike Gillislee rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, helping Florida hold off rival Florida State, 37-26.

    The Gator defense created a season-high five turnovers, including intercepting Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel three times.

No. 5: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points: 419

    Record: 11-1 (8-1, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Oregon State, 48-24

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Ducks running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon destroyed Oregon State. De'Anthony Thomas added 122 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks.

    Oregon racked up 432 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

No. 4: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 426 (2)

    Record: 12-0 (8-0, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Michigan, 26-21

    Next Game: End of season. (Ineligible for bowl season due to NCAA sanctions)

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Ohio State capped off a perfect season with a win over Michigan. Running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes.

    Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller completed 14-of-18 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown.

    Due to NCAA infractions, Ohio State is not eligible for postseason play.

No. 3: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 449

    Record: 11-1 (7-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Georgia Tech, 42-10

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Bulldogs running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 163 rushing yards and four TDs in Georgia's blowout victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

    Quarterback Aaron Murray was nearly flawless, completing 14-of-17 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

    Georgia will face Alabama for the SEC title next Saturday.

No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 468 (3)

    Record: 11-1 (7-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat Auburn, 49-0

    Next Game: Dec. 1 vs. Georgia Bulldogs (SEC Championship)

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout victory for the Crimson Tide.

    Running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.

    Alabama will face Georgia for the SEC title on Saturday.

No. 1: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 493 (15)

    Record: 12-0               

    Last Game: Nov. 24, beat USC, 22-13

    Next Game: End of regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Notre Dame punched its ticket to the BCS National Championship with a victory over USC. The Irish capped an unthinkable season by holding the Trojan offense to just 280 yards.

    Irish quarterback Everett Golson threw for 217 yards and ran for another 47.

    Running back Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries 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.