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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Boise State Indeed Jumps TCU In AP And Coaches' Poll, Alabama's Back To AP Top Ten

As sort of expected, the Boise St. Broncos impressed enough humans this week to sneak past the TCU Horned Frogs in the AP Poll, the first of today’s college football polls to be released. The Broncos pounded yet another overmatched opponent while the Frogs let a team pull within five points at garbage time. More damning for TCU, though, were losses by the Utah Utes and Baylor Bears, which were their prized pelts coming into this week. The Oregon St. Beavers also lost, but both schools beat them, so ehhh.

Oregon’s lead over Auburn did shrink a tad, with Auburn picking up ten first-place votes and the Ducks losing 11. If Auburn keeps winning that’ll only continue, as they play two straight top-17 teams next.

Around the SEC and ACC, Bama returns to the top ten by plastering the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. LSU stays put while Arkansas and South Carolina rise, and the Florida Gators leave us again. Virginia Tech is knocking on the top-ten door, having clawed back to the top 15 after their terrific loss to James Madison. Miami, Florida St., and N.C. State continue their weekly game of Duck Duck Goose around the bottom of the top 25.

  1. Oregon Ducks (38)
  2. Auburn Tigers (12)
  3. Boise St. Broncos (9)
  4. TCU Horned Frogs (1)
  5. LSU Tigers
  6. WIsconsin Badgers
  7. Stanford Cardinal
  8. Ohio St. Buckeyes
  9. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  10. Alabama Crimson Tide
  11. Michigan St. Spartans
  12. Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  13. Arkansas Razorbacks
  14. Virginia Tech Hokies
  15. Missouri Tigers
  16. Oklahoma Sooners
  17. South Carolina Gamecocks
  18. Texas A&M Aggies
  19. Nevada Wolf Pack
  20. USC Trojans
  21. Iowa Hawkeyes
  22. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  23. Arizona Wildcats
  24. Miami Hurricanes
  25. Utah Utes

The USA Today Coaches' Poll is also out, and it looks pretty much the same except for having Alabama lower, Miami higher, and jumping Wisconsin over LSU:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Stanford
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Michigan State
  12. Alabama
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Missouri
  17. South Carolina
  18. Nevada
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Iowa
  21. Miami
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Arizona
  24. Utah
  25. Northwestern

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.