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Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Final 2012-13 Rankings

Bleacher Report PollsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

Bleacher Report's College Football Top 25 Poll: Final 2012-13 Rankings

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    The 2012-2013 college football season came to a close with Alabama crushing Notre Dame, 42-14, in the Discover BCS Championship. It was the Crimson Tide's second consecutive title and third in the last four years.

    Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns while running back Eddie Lacy rushed for 140 yards and scored two total touchdowns as the Crimson Tide racked up 529 yards of total offense.

    The SEC has now won seven consecutive BCS titles.

    Here is the final Bleacher Report official poll of the season. Special thanks to all the readers and voters who contributed to the poll all season long.

Others Receiving Votes

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    San Jose State: 38

    UCLA: 33

    Penn State: 27

    Baylor: 23

    Tulsa: 15

    Louisiana Tech: 14

    Cincinnati: 10

    Wisconsin: 8

    BYU: 6

    Rutgers: 5

    Texas Tech: 4

    Arizona State: 3

    Arkansas State: 3

    TCU: 3

    Kent State: 2

    Mississippi State: 2

No. 25: Northern Illinois Huskies

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    Poll Points: 44

    Record: 12-2 (8-0, MAC)

    Last Game: Jan. 1, lost to Florida State, 31-10

    Previous Ranking: 16

    Northern Illinois kept the Discover Orange Bowl close for the first half (14-3) before finally succumbing to Florida State in the second half.

    Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for 176 yards and a touchdown while running for 44 yards in the loss.

No. 24: Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Poll Points: 59

    Record: 9-4 (5-3 SEC)

    Last Game: Dec. 31, beat North Carolina State, 38-24

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Commodore quarterback Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdowns and ran for another as Vanderbilt beat North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Rodgers finished the game completing 16 of 25 passes for 108 yards.

    Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown.

    The Commodores were out-gained 424 to 225 in total yards, but caused five Wolfpack turnovers, including three interceptions of Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon.

No. 23: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Poll Points: 60

    Record: 8-5 (5-4 Big 12)

    Last Game: Jan. 1, beat Purdue, 58-14

    Previous Ranking: N/R

    Cowboy quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh combined for 283 yards and five touchdowns as Oklahoma State routed Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

    Five different players caught touchdown passes as the Cowboys racked up 524 yards of total offense. The Cowboy defense was also impressive, creating five turnovers.

No. 22: Michigan Wolverines

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    Poll Points: 63

    Record: 8-5 (6-2, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Jan. 1, lost to South Carolina, 33-28

    Previous Ranking: 20

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as the Wolverines fell to the Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl. Gardner also ran for 24 yards in the loss.

    Ex-quarterback Denard Robinson ran for 100 yards on 23 carries while wide receiver Jeremy Gallon caught nine passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines.

No. 21: Oregon State Beavers

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    Poll Points: 108

    Record: 9-4 (6-3, Pac-12)               

    Last Game: Dec. 29, lost to Texas, 31-27

    Previous Ranking: 15

    Beaver running back Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as Oregon State fell to Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

    Oregon State took a 27-17 lead heading into the final frame, but the Beavers were unable to stop Longhorns quarterback David Ash. Ash threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to finish off the Beavers.

No. 20: Utah State Aggies

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    Poll Points: 115

    Record: 11-2 (6-0, WAC) 

    Last Game: Dec. 15, beat Toledo, 41-15

    Previous Ranking: 19

    Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries as the Aggies beat the Rockets in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Williams also caught two passes for 34 yards.

    Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton threw for 229 yards while rushing for another 92 and a touchdown as Utah State racked up 582 yards of total offense.

    Utah State won its first bowl game since 1993.

     

     


No. 19: Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Poll Points: 121

    Record: 10-4 (7-1, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Jan. 1, lost to Georgia, 45-31

    Previous Ranking: 21

    Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn't enough as the Cornhuskers lost to the Bulldogs in the Capital One Bowl game on New Year's Day. Burkhead also caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown.

    Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns while running for another 46 yards in the loss. Martinez also threw two interceptions.

No. 18: Northwestern Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 151

    Record: 10-3 (5-3, Big Ten)

    Last Game: Jan.1, beat Mississippi State, 34-20

    Previous Ranking: 22

    Northwestern beat Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl marking the first time since 1949 the Wildcats have won a bowl game—college football's longest postseason losing streak.

    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter rushed for 71 yards on 11 carries while backup quarterback Trevor Siemian scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter giving Northwestern a 27-13 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

No. 17: Boise State Broncos

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    Poll Points: 163

    Record: 11-2 (7-1, MWC)     

    Last Game: Dec. 22, beat Washington, 28-26

    Previous Ranking: 17

    Bronco quarterback Joe Southwick completed 26 of 38 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22. Southwick also ran for 39 yards on 11 carries.

    Running back D.J. Harper rushed for 72 yards as Boise State racked up 407 yards of total offense.

No. 16: Texas Longhorns

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    Poll Points: 171

    Record: 9-4 (5-4, Big 12)

    Last Game: Dec. 29, beat Oregon State, 31-27

    Previous Ranking: 25

    Texas scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upend Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Longhorn quarterback David Ash threw the game-winning touchdown to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left in the game.

    Ash would finish the game completing 21 of 33 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns. The Longhorn defense forced three Oregon State turnovers.

No. 15: Oklahoma Sooners

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    Poll Points: 194

    Record: 10-3 (8-1, Big 12)              

    Last Game: Jan. 4, lost to Texas A&M, 41-13

    Previous Ranking: 12

    Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones threw for 278 yards and a touchdown, but the Sooners fell to Johnny Football and the Aggies in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

    The Sooners racked up 401 yards of total offense, but the defense squandered 633 to the Aggies.

No. 14: Louisville Cardinals

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    Poll Points: 237

    Record: 11-2 (5-2, Big East)   

    Last Game: Jan. 2, beat Florida, 33-23

    Previous Ranking: 23

    Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals beat the Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

    The Cardinals created three turnovers, including two interceptions of the Gators' Jeff Driskel—one of them being returned for a touchdown.

    Louisville's defense held the Gators in check all game long limiting them to just 286 yards of total offense.

No. 13: LSU Tigers

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    Poll Points: 295

    Record: 10-3 (6-2, SEC)               

    Last Game:  Dec. 31, lost to Clemson, 25-24

    Previous Ranking: 9

    Tiger running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as LSU fell to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

    Besides Hill, the Tigers offense struggled to get on track, totaling just 219 total yards against Clemson.

No. 12: Kansas State Wildcats

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    Poll Points: 309

    Record: 11-2 (8-1, Big 12)               

    Last Game: Jan. 3, lost to Oregon, 35-17

    Previous Ranking: 7

    Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein threw for a touchdown and ran for another, but Kansas State fell to Oregon in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Klein finished the game throwing for 151 yards while running for another 30.

    Running back John Hubert ran for 55 yards on 17 carries for the Wildcats.

No. 11: Florida State Seminoles

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    Poll Points: 318

    Record: 12-2 (7-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Jan. 1, beat Northern Illinois, 31-10

    Previous Ranking: 13

    Seminole quarterback EJ Manuel threw a touchdown and ran for another as Florida State beat Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl. Manuel completed 26 of 38 passes for 291 yards while running for another 26 yards.

    Seminole senior fullback Lonnie Pryor rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. His two touchdown runs were from 60 and 37 yards.

    Florida State out-gained Northern Illinois 534-259 in total offensive yards.

No. 10: Florida Gators

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    Poll Points: 319

    Record: 11-2 (7-1, SEC)             

    Last Game: Jan. 2, lost to Louisville, 33-23

    Previous Ranking: 3

    Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for 175 yards and a touchdown, but the Gators fell to the Cardinals in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Driskel also threw two interceptions, one of them returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.

    Gator running back Mike Gillislee ran for 48 yards while receiver Quinton Dunbar caught 5 passes for 77 yards in the loss.

No. 9: Clemson Tigers

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    Poll Points: 330

    Record: 11-2 (7-1, ACC)                

    Last Game: Dec. 31, beat LSU, 25-24

    Previous Ranking: 14

    Tiger kick Chandler Catanzaro nailed the game-winning 37-yard field goal as time expired giving Clemson the Chik-fil-A Bowl win over LSU.

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 36 of 50 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns while running for another 22 yards and a score.

    Clemson outgained LSU 445-219 in total offensive yards.

No. 8: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Poll Points: 350

    Record: 11-2 (6-2, SEC)               

    Last Game: Jan. 1, beat Michigan, 33-28

    Previous Ranking: 11

    Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bruce Ellington with just 11 seconds left in the game as South Carolina beat Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

    Thompson completed 7 of 10 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Starting quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns while running for another 96 yards before leaving due to an injury. 

    Gamecock receiver Ace Sanders caught nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 7: Texas A&M Aggies

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    Poll Points: 396

    Record: 11-2 (6-2, SEC)

    Last Game: Jan. 4, beat Oklahoma, 41-13

    Previous Ranking: 10

    Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel threw for 287 yards and ran for another 229 as Texas A&M pounded Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Manziel threw two touchdowns while running for two more in the record-setting performance.

    Manziel's 516 total yards was a Cotton Bowl record.

    Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope caught eight passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the lopsided victory.

No. 6: Stanford Cardinal

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    Poll Points: 418

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

    Last Game: Jan. 1, beat Wisconsin, 20-14

    Previous Ranking: 8

    Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown in Stanford's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin on New Year's day.

    Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 123 yards while running for another 54 in the victory. Stanford's defense held Wisconsin to just 301 yards of total offense.

No. 5: Georgia Bulldogs

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    Poll Points: 440

    Record: 12-2 (7-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Jan 1, beat Nebraska, 45-31

    Previous Ranking: 5

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and five touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl.

    Georgia running back Todd Gurley rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs racked up 589 yards of total offense.

No. 4: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Poll Points: 472

    Record: 12-1               

    Last Game: Jan. 7, lost to Alabama, 42-14

    Previous Ranking: 1

    Notre Dame's perfect season came to a screeching halt, losing to Alabama in the Discover BCS Championship game on Monday night.

    Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed 21 of 36 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown while receiver DaVaris Daniels caught six passes for 115 yards.

No. 3: Oregon Ducks

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    Poll Points: 477

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

    Last Game: Jan. 3, beat Kansas State, 35-17

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Duck running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 143 yards as Oregon beat Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Barner also caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

    Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas started the rout returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Thomas also caught four passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.

No. 2: Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 478 (1)

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

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

    Previous Ranking: 4

    Despite not being eligible for postseason play, Ohio State ended the season as the only undefeated college football team in the nation.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Poll Points (first-place votes): 521 (20)

    Record: 13-1 (7-1, SEC)               

    Last Game: Jan. 7, beat Notre Dame, 42-14

    Previous Ranking: 2

    Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson Tide destroyed the Irish in the Discover BCS Championship game.

    Running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. combined for 248 rush yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. Lacy added another receiving TD as well.

    It was the second consecutive National Championship and three out of the last four, for the Alabama Crimson Tide.


    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, John Rozum, Jonathan McDanal, Max Rausch, Sanjay Kirpalani, Zach Dirlam.

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