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2012 NCAA football rankings: Notre Dame takes top spot in BlogPoll

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the new No. 1 team in the SB Nation Blog Poll Top 25. The Ohio State Buckeyes are the highest ranked Big Ten team at No. 7.

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

With losses by the Kansas State Wildcats and Oregon Ducks, last week's No. 1 and No. 2 teams respectively, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the new top team in the SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers, who fell to 6-5 after losing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 38-14, on Nov. 17, did not receive any votes in the BlogPoll. Although Minnesota is not in the Top 25, some of the other Big Ten teams are in positions of note.

The Ohio State Buckeyes, the only remaining undefeated other than Notre Dame, are No. 7 in the most recent BlogPoll. Nebraska, despite dispatching the Gophers on Saturday, managed to fall one spot in the most recent rankings, down to No. 16. The Michigan Wolverines are the third Big Ten team in the Top 25, coming in at No. 21. Minnesota closes its season out against Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 24.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 12

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (63) 24.82 0.59 Arrow_up 2
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (4) 23.39 1.25 Arrow_up 2
3 Oregon Ducks 21.28 1.60 Arrow_down -2
4 Georgia Bulldogs 20.75 3.12 Arrow_up 1
5 Kansas St. Wildcats 19.17 2.18 Arrow_down -3
6 Florida Gators 18.72 3.57 --
7 Ohio St. Buckeyes (2) 18.38 7.38 Arrow_up 2
8 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 18.08 3.32 Arrow_down -1
9 LSU Tigers 16.70 3.06 Arrow_down -1
10 Stanford Cardinal 16.41 2.33 Arrow_up 4
11 Texas A&M Aggies (1) 16.31 3.04 Arrow_down -1
12 Clemson Tigers 15.35 2.46 Arrow_down -1
13 Oklahoma Sooners 12.51 3.21 --
14 South Carolina Gamecocks 12.27 2.71 Arrow_down -2
15 UCLA Bruins 10.23 2.56 Arrow_up 2
16 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9.54 2.45 Arrow_down -1
17 Oregon St. Beavers 9.45 3.32 Arrow_down -1
18 Texas Longhorns 7.54 2.63 --
19 Louisville Cardinals 6.59 2.91 --
20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4.76 2.93 Arrow_up 2
21 Michigan Wolverines 4.30 2.46 Arrow_up 3
22 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 4.01 2.90 Arrow_up 3
23 Kent St. Golden Flashes 3.52 3.01 --
24 Northern Illinois Huskies 3.14 3.28 Arrow_up 3
25 Boise St. Broncos 1.59 3.38 Arrow_up 4
Others Receiving Votes: Utah State Aggies | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Northwestern Wildcats | San Jose St. Spartans | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | USC Trojans | Arizona Wildcats | Washington Huskies | Central Florida Knights | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Baylor Bears | TCU Horned Frogs | Wisconsin Badgers | Cincinnati Bearcats | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Toledo Rockets | Fresno St. Bulldogs | San Diego St. Aztecs | Michigan St. Spartans | Vanderbilt Commodores | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Nov 20, 2012 7:31 AM PST

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