AP College Football Poll 2013: Complete Week 12 Rankings Released

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 10, 2013

Week 11 of the 2013 college football season was a momentous one, beginning with an upset on Thursday night and continuing through Saturday with a handful of exciting contests.

Of course, the results from the Week 12 Associated Press Top 25 poll have shifted from the previous week due to a number of surprising results during the slate of games.

Let’s take a look at how the latest Top 25 rankings look, compare those to the official Bleacher Report Top 25 poll and recap the major highlights from Week 11.   

Week 12 AP Top 25 Poll Results
RankTeamRecordPrev. RankB/R Rank
1Alabama9 - 011
2Florida State9 - 032
3Ohio State9 - 043
4Baylor8 - 054
5Stanford8 - 165
6Oregon8 - 126
7Auburn9 - 178
8Clemson8 - 187
9Missouri9 - 199
10Texas A&M8 - 21110
11South Carolina7 - 21312
12Oklahoma State8 - 11511
13UCLA7 - 21613
14Michigan State8 - 11814
15UCF7 - 11917
16Fresno State9 - 01716
17Wisconsin7 - 22120
18LSU7 - 31015
19Louisville8 - 12018
20Northern Illinois9 - 02219
21Arizona State7 - 22322
22Oklahoma7 - 21221
23Texas7 - 22624
24Miami (FL)7 - 21423
25Georgia6 - 327NR
Associated Press

In a much-anticipated showdown, Alabama remained atop the polls with a win over now-No. 18 LSU, the third straight for the Crimson Tide over the Tigers. The No. 1-ranked squad rattled off three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to pull away for a 38-17 victory.     

Head coach Nick Saban was quite pleased with the final 30 minutes of play and spoke about it at length during a postgame interview, via RollTide.com

This was a tremendous atmosphere for a college football game tonight. I was really proud of our players in the second half. I thought they did a fantastic job and probably played our best half of football. It wasn’t perfect, and we didn’t play great in the first half, but [there was] a lot of character out there in the second half to control the line of scrimmage the way we did on offense. [We] got some stops on defense, especially after the kickoff return that could have got them back in the game.

Oregon dropped back to No. 6 after falling to Stanford on Thursday night. The Cardinal jumped up to No. 5 after holding the Ducks to just three touchdowns in a 26-20 win.

Florida State also gained some ground, moving into prime position to challenge ‘Bama for the national title with a 59-3 destruction of Wake Forest. The No. 2 Seminoles do not face a ranked opponent for the rest of the season.

Speaking of moving up the rankings, Baylor did just that and proved it is for real by blowing out Oklahoma on Thursday. The No. 4 Bears moved up a spot after the 41-12 outing, with the No. 22 Sooners dropping back 10 places in the rankings.

Ohio State also moved up due to Oregon's misfortune, going from No. 4 to No. 3 during a bye week.

Rounding out the Top 10 this week are Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and Texas A&M, all of which emerged victorious with the exception of Clemson, as the Tigers were on a bye in Week 11.

Other notable results include Virginia Tech’s 42-24 upset of Miami. The No. 24 Hurricanes are spiraling from the top and have now dropped back-to-back contests.

Texas Tech and Notre Dame are also out of the rankings, as last week’s No. 25 and No. 24 teams, respectively, fell on Saturday. They have been replaced by Georgia and Texas, the only two newcomers in this edition of the rankings.

It will be tough for Week 12 to match the sort of action and intrigue that Week 11 brought us, but don’t be surprised if there are plenty more upsets and results that drastically alter the next Associated Press Top 25 poll.