2012 BCS Rankings, Week 12: Michigan re-enters rankings, Kansas State new No. 1

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Michigan Wolverines are one of two Big Ten teams alongside Nebraska in the BCS Rankings. Kansas State is the new No. 1 after Alabama's loss, likely putting them in the national championship game with Oregon if both win out.

Michigan re-entered the BCS Standings in Week 12, putting them alongside Nebraska as Big Ten teams in the top 25.

The Wolverines were actually the unranked team despite being nearly double-digit favorites against the Northwestern Wildcats. It looked like Northwestern would maintain their ranking with a win, but Michigan converted a deflected Hail Mary pass and escaped with a 38-31 win. They go from outside of the standings in Week 11 to No. 21 in Week 12. Nebraska moved up two spots from No. 16 to No. 14 after scoring all 12 of the points in the fourth quarter.

The top of the standings featured major turnover, with Kansas State taking over the top slot after Alabama's loss to Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide are unlikely to repeat after the loss, as they'll need losses by two of the top three teams to make it to the national championship game. Oregon is very close to Kansas State at No. 2, while Notre Dame is a little bit lower to round out the trio of undefeateds at the top of the rankings. There's enough separation between the Ducks and Fighting Irish that Notre Dame essentially doesn't control its own destiny for the national title.

Ohio State is No. 6 in the AP Rankings, but of course is ineligible for the BCS rankings.

Here's a look at the full standings:

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Kansas State .9674 2 2 2774 .9649 2 1427 .9675 2 1 1 3 2 2 2 .970
2 Oregon .9497 3 1 2844 .9892 1 1460 .9898 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 .870
3 Notre Dame .9396 4 3 2634 .9162 3 1346 .9125 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 .990
4 Alabama .8534 1 4 2494 .8675 5 1243 .8427 5 5 4 4 5 9 5 .850
5 Georgia .8328 5 5 2398 .8341 4 1260 .8542 6 6 5 6 7 4 6 .810
6 Florida .7955 6 7 2113 .7350 7 1079 .7315 3 3 6 2 3 3 3 .920
7 LSU .7331 7 8 2082 .7242 8 1040 .7051 7 7 7 9 6 6 7 .770
8 Texas A&M .6621 15 10 1842 .6407 10 967 .6556 8 9 10 8 8 10 8 .690
9 South Carolina .6349 8 11 1732 .6024 11 903 .6122 8 8 9 10 9 8 9 .690
10 Florida State .6071 10 6 2175 .7565 6 1143 .7749 17 16 17 14 0 0 16 .290
11 Clemson .5921 13 9 1972 .6859 9 1033 .7003 15 15 14 13 22 0 14 .390
12 Oklahoma .5797 12 12 1631 .5673 12 799 .5417 10 13 8 15 10 7 10 .630
13 Stanford .5705 14 13 1621 .5638 13 793 .5376 11 10 11 7 11 11 11 .610
14 Nebraska .4679 16 14 1239 .4310 14 653 .4427 13 12 15 11 12 18 12 .530
15 Texas .4259 17 15 1095 .3809 15 615 .4169 14 14 12 16 14 13 15 .480
16 Oregon State .4161 11 16 1081 .3760 17 490 .3322 12 11 13 12 13 12 13 .540
17 UCLA .2925 18 19 870 .3026 16 494 .3349 20 18 24 17 20 21 21 .240
18 USC .2769 19 18 886 .3082 21 343 .2325 17 21 19 22 17 16 18 .290
19 Louisville .2159 9 17 943 .3280 18 442 .2997 27 24 0 20 0 0 0 .020
20 Louisiana Tech .1911 20 20 728 .2532 19 413 .2800 25 0 22 24 0 0 24 .040
21 Michigan .1665 NR 24 264 .0918 23 144 .0976 16 17 21 18 18 20 17 .310
22 Rutgers .1529 23 21 571 .1986 20 354 .2400 27 25 0 19 0 0 25 .020
23 Texas Tech .1416 22 22 325 .1130 25 106 .0719 20 20 16 0 21 15 23 .240
24 Oklahoma State .1088 NR NR 118 .0410 24 111 .0753 22 19 18 0 19 19 0 .210
25 Washington .0850 NR NR 1 .0003 NR 7 .0047 19 22 23 25 15 14 19 .250

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