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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon the new No. 1 in the AP poll

With Alabama losing to Texas A&M, Oregon took over as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press top 25. Three Big Ten teams were ranked in the latest top 25.

Thearon W. Henderson

For the first time since the preseason poll was released, Alabama is not the No. 1 team in the Associated Press top 25. The Crimson Tide dropped to No. 4 after losing to Texas A&M while Oregon moved up to the top spot.

At 6-4, Minnesota is still a win or two shy of top 25 consideration, but five Big Ten teams did receive votes in this week's poll. Ohio State, who was off on a bye week, dropped one spot to No. 6. The Buckeyes were tied with Georgia for the No. 5 spot last week but fell behind the Bulldogs this week.

Nebraska improved to 8-2 with a win against Penn State on Saturday and the Cornhuskers moved up two spots to No. 16. The Michigan Wolverines are the third Big Ten team in the top 25 as they moved back into the rankings at No. 23. Wisconsin and Northwestern also received votes in this week's poll.

Here is this week's AP Top 25:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Oregon (45) 10-0 1,485 2
2 Kansas State (14) 10-0 1,451 3
3 Notre Dame (1) 10-0 1,382 4
4 Alabama 9-1 1,259 1
5 Georgia 9-1 1,223 5
6 Ohio State 10-0 1,212 5
7 Florida 9-1 1,089 7
8 LSU 8-2 1,046 9
9 Texas A&M 8-2 1,031 15
10 Florida State 9-1 1,024 8
11 Clemson 9-1 907 10
12 South Carolina 8-2 848 12
13 Oklahoma 7-2 798 14
14 Stanford 8-2 766 16
15 Oregon State 7-2 556 13
16 Nebraska 8-2 549 18
17 UCLA 8-2 541 17
18 Texas 8-2 496 19
19 Louisiana Tech 9-1 374 19
20 Louisville 9-1 322 11
21 USC 7-3 297 21
22 Rutgers 8-1 179 24
23 Michigan 7-3 135 NR
23 Texas Tech 7-3 135 25
25 Kent State 9-1 93 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State 79, Northern Illinois 77, Mississippi State 48, Wisconsin 26, UCF 16, Boise State 14, Arizona 6, Fresno State 6, Cincinnati 6, TCU 5, San Jose State 4, Utah State 4, Tulsa 4, San Diego State 3, Northwestern 2, Toledo 1, Washington 1

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.