NCAA Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon moves to No. 1, Ohio State at No. 6 in latest AP Top 25 Poll

Thearon W. Henderson

The Oregon Ducks claimed the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll following Alabama's loss on Saturday

Alabama's stranglehold on the top spot is over after as the Oregon Ducks are now the top ranked team in the nation.

Alabama lost at home Saturday to Texas A&M, dropping them in the polls from No. 1 to No. 4 and moving Texas A&M into the top 10 at No. 9. The loss painted a somewhat clearer picture of potential National Championship scenarios, with Oregon and Kansas State controlling their own destinies, Notre Dame on the outside looking in and Alabama as the top one-loss team. Georgia, at 9-1, rounds out the top five.

Oregon received 45 of the 60 top votes. Kansas State received 14 top votes and Notre Dame received one.

Ohio State, who did not play this past week, fell out of the top five, but remained in the top 10 at No. 6. The undefeated Buckeyes do not factor into National Championship discussion as they are postseason ineligible this year, but the resounding and immediate success of new head coach Urban Meyer points to their likely involvement in title game talks in the near future.

Here is this weeks 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

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