USA Today College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 12 Rankings Released

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 10, 2013

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Shayne Skov #11 of the Stanford Cardinal tries to get the crowd to make more noise during the fourth quarter of their game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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While upsets were few and far between in Week 11, Stanford's impressive win over Oregon on Thursday night has reshaped the national championship picture heading into mid-November. 

Alabama and Florida State remain the teams to beat, but the Ducks' loss has opened the door for others. 

Here's a look at the Week 12 USA Today Coaches Poll along with where every team stands in the latest B/R rankings.

USA Today Coaches Poll - Week 12
RankTeam (first place votes)RecordPointsB/R Ranking
1Alabama (58)9-015461
2Florida State (4)9-014852
3Ohio State9-014013
4Baylor8-013764
5Stanford8-113075
6Clemson8-111647
7Oregon8-111626
8Missouri9-110839
9Auburn9-110698
10Oklahoma State8-196511
11Texas A&M8-289810
12South Carolina7-283012
13Louisville8-165318
14Fresno State9-064616
15UCLA7-264113
16Michigan State8-162014
17Oklahoma7-251021
18LSU7-347615
19Central Florida7-146817
20Wisconsin7-246020
21Northern Illinois9-044519
22Arizona State7-226222
23Miami (FL)7-222823
24Texas7-217624
25Minnesota8-29125
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Twenty-one unanswered points from Alabama turned Saturday night's marquee showdown into a blowout. The Crimson Tide are 9-0 after routing rival LSU in Tuscaloosa, and now Nick Saban's club looks poised to run the table in 2013 and play for a third consecutive BCS title.    

But even with LSU behind them, Saban and his team are taking it one game at a time, as he stated after the win per RollTide.com:

Last year when we won this game, we didn't play very well the next week, and I think our players have to have the 24-hour rule. You had a great win, you celebrate that win and then we have to focus on improving and on the next challenge that we have. We still have some very tough challenges, but I think our team showed a lot of character, especially in the second half in terms of the way they competed and the way they played.

Alabama will play at Mississippi State next week, host Chattanooga on Nov. 23 and conclude the regular season at Auburn on Nov. 30. It goes without saying that if the Tide win out, it'll be favored in the SEC Championship Game.

Following another blowout win over a lackluster ACC opponent, Florida State is 9-0 and loving life after Oregon's loss. Jameis Winston and the Seminoles will host Syracuse and Idaho over the next two weeks before finishing up the regular season at Florida. However, the Gators' offense has been sputtering this season, and the SEC powerhouse is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Don't expect them to pose much of a threat to Jimbo Fisher's surging squad.

While the 'Noles seemingly control their own destiny after Oregon's slip-up at Stanford, the Ducks' stumble also benefits Ohio State and Baylor. While neither appears to be in the driver's seat in terms of earning a berth in the BCS National Championship Game, their odds of landing one of the top two spots have certainly improved.

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

But of the four unbeatens at the top, Baylor has by far the toughest schedule remaining. The Bears will host Texas Tech in Week 12 before finishing up at Oklahoma State, at TCU and vs. Texas. 

The top one-loss team in the mix is Stanford. After knocking off Oregon for the second straight year, the Cardinal have new life and can finish with as many as 12 wins in 2013. Stanford will need some help in order to reenter the national title picture, but there's plenty of football left to be played. 

As for Week 12's slate, there aren't a ton of marquee matchups on the horizon. Instead, all eyes will continue to be on the top teams this weekend as they each attempt to avoid major letdowns against inferior opposition.

 

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