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Bama-Oregon-Ohio State go 1-2-3 in AP poll

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As expected, Alabama claimed the top spot in the final Associated Press poll of the 2012 season.  Thanks to the beatdown the Tide put on Notre Dame, however, there was a rather significant shakeup around the top of that last poll.

The Irish tumbled from the top spot in the final regular season poll down to No. 4, with Oregon taking over the No. 2 spot and Ohio State, ineligible for the postseason thanks to NCAA sanctions.  The Buckeyes, incidentally, were the only team at the FBS level to finish the season undefeated.

Florida’s own whooping in its bowl game cost the Gators as UF fell from No. 4 to No. 9.

As was the case in the coaches’ poll, the SEC placed three teams in the Top Five with Georgia and Texas A&M tied for No. 5.  That conference also set an AP poll standard by placing a total of five teams in the Top Ten, with South Carolina at No. 8 being the other.

Alabama, incidentally, won their ninth AP poll title, breaking a tie with, you guessed it, Notre Dame for the most all-time.

Stanford moved up one spot to No. 7 and Florida State three to No. 10 to complete the Top 10.

Louisville was easily the biggest climber from the final regular season poll to the final 2012 poll, leaping up nine spots to No. 13 on the strength of its Sugar Bowl win over the Gators.  Others making significant moves upward was Northwestern from No. 21 to No. 17, Clemson from No. 14 to No. 11 and San Jose State from No. 24 to No. 21.  A&M, incidentally, moved up from No. 10 into the Top Five.

On the flip side, a pair of MAC schools took the steepest hit in the rankings while still staying in the poll, with Kent State falling seven spots to a tie for No. 25 with Nebraska and Northern Illinois down six to No. 22.  Four teams dropped five spots apiece — Kansas State (No.12), LSU (No. 14), Oregon State (No. 20) and Michigan (No. 24) — while Oklahoma fell three to No. 15.

For some reason, Texas entered the rankings at No. 19 while Vanderbilt jumped in at No. 23.  UCLA (then-No. 17) was the only team to drop out of the Top 25.

Final 2012 AP Poll


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39 Responses to “Bama-Oregon-Ohio State go 1-2-3 in AP poll”
  1. thebigtim2012 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:25 AM

    Okay so are the gamecocks and Stanford tied at 7?

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 8, 2013 6:00 AM

    No way ND should be #4 after that apocalypse blowout!

  3. jesse1834 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:40 AM

    Buckeyes and Aggies would beat Oregon. Bad job out of you AP.

  4. lucky5936 says: Jan 8, 2013 7:55 AM

    No way the Buckeyes tough Oregon this year. Aggies and the Ducks would have been a helluva game.

    Congrats to Bama for winning, even though they should be winning with that talent they bring in. I can’t stand Bama, but Saban + Top Recruits equals success. Tough times to be an Auburn fan.

  5. melikefootball says: Jan 8, 2013 7:56 AM

    No way the Golden Domers should be in the top ten. Something fishy AGAIN here.

  6. rsmeans says: Jan 8, 2013 8:09 AM

    In defense of ND I think they should be in the top 5. But Texas A@M is clearly better than teams like Oregon and poor Ohio State Notre Dame is also better than those teams. The real ranking should be:
    1. Alabama
    2. Texas AM
    3. UGA
    4. South Carolina
    5. Notre Dame
    6. Stanford
    7. Florida
    8. Oregon
    9. Clemson
    10. Florida State
    11. LSU
    12. Ohio State

  7. lurch61 says: Jan 8, 2013 8:25 AM

    Buckeyes and Aggies would beat Oregon. Bad job out of you AP.

    Ummmm so would Stanford…..oops They DID!

  8. buckcat says: Jan 8, 2013 8:28 AM

    rsmeans… troll much? This is the second Ohio State hater comment you’ve posted in as many stories that I’ve read; you just happen to end your rankings with those same Buckeyes. Give it a rest and give credit where it is due- the BIG isn’t as bad as everyone thinks (see bowl game performances), and Ohio State is a very, very good team who will lose 7 starters on defense next year. #12? Me thinks not…

  9. metitometin says: Jan 8, 2013 8:32 AM

    Completely fraudulent and bogus game. Oregon and Texas A&M are my #1 and #2 teams. A&M killed Bama and Oregon’s loss to Stanford (a top 10 team) in OT was far less ugly than Alabama’s loss to A&M. The pollster’s and BCS love affair with Alabama and the SEC is sickening. Alabama will be in the preseason top 5 every year because of their name and their conference. They can lose a game and it really doesn’t matter. Beating Notre Dame proves nothing because Notre Dame beat virtually no one of consequence this year and they would have lost to Pitt at home if Pitt had not botched a 30 yard chip shot. Alabama is a bogus, fraudulent team. Give me Oregon, give me A&M any day of the week.

  10. cometkazie says: Jan 8, 2013 8:49 AM

    Would that there was an objective way to rank teams.

    Should the teams’ rankings reflect how good they were at the end of the season or for their seasons as a whole? Clearly, the Aggies were much better at the end of November than they were two months earlier.

  11. ocon171 says: Jan 8, 2013 9:18 AM

    So uga drops 4 spots when it comes 4 yards short of beating Bama but ND only dropped 2 spots after getting destroyed. makes sense….

  12. polegojim says: Jan 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    @buckcat…. rsmeans wasn’t hating… or trolling. It’s called an ‘opinion’. That’s what this board is about.

    OSU would have looked worse than ND in that game. Bucks are on the rise… but not #3… no more than ND was ever really #1.

    That’s not hate, it’s a fact.

    Best wishes on next season.

  13. packerbadger says: Jan 8, 2013 10:13 AM

    But Alabama was ranked 370th in academics in 2011. Just sayin’.

  14. rsoandb says: Jan 8, 2013 10:58 AM

    I mostly agree with top 10, except Florida and Louisville should be reversed. OU shouldn’t be ranked. Bama clearly the greatest dynasty in recent memory. ND not that bad – Bama that good. I hope the NFL team that gets Lacy isn’t in my team’s division!

    That said, perhaps we can look forward to the day when college football go to playoff seeds. Rankings are bogus, especially by stupid media types.

  15. louhudson23 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:17 AM

    No one killed the Tide this year. A&M played a good game,went up big early and got a way by the skin of their teeth stopping 1st and goal for the win. Congrats to them. They improved mightily. They get another crack at it next year. Till then,if they or anyone else wishes to visit the NC Trophy,they can use last years map…’s still in the same place…..Roll Tide…..

  16. packerbadger says: Jan 8, 2013 11:21 AM

    Wisconsin should be ranked over Nebraska.

  17. packerbadger says: Jan 8, 2013 11:23 AM

    One more…..Notre Dame waaaaay over-rated!

  18. cowboycjn says: Jan 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    How did ND ever get rated #1 – they looked pitiful aganist Bama. Very boring game.

  19. thraiderskin says: Jan 8, 2013 11:32 AM


    Man I hate to agree with you, but I think my Buckeyes would have gotten demolished, I believe they would have run the ball better, but I doubt for anything game-changing. We are a team still in transition and one that still doesn’t have that “it” factor. I strongy believe Alabama would roll any team in the top-10 (even A&M, they’re still big12 to me, beat Bama twice and I’ll change my toon) if they really “wanted” to, Saban has built a monster.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 8, 2013 12:06 PM


    So you’re insinuating that Bama didn’t WANT to beat A&M…?

  21. florida727 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:31 PM

    As a Gator fan, let me explain why this poll is a joke.

    Florida is ranked 9th. Fair enough. Too high in my opinion, but that’s another argument for another day.

    TWO teams ahead of us are teams WE BEAT (Texas A&M and South Carolina). Easy to argue that A&M deserves to be ranked higher even though we beat them. When we beat them, it was their first game of the season (remember, their season opener got “stormed out”). Manziel hadn’t come into his own yet. Play the game later in the season and it could easily have a different outcome.


    We beat South Carolina by THIRTY-THREE FREAKING POINTS!!! The final was 44-11, and trust me, it wasn’t THAT close. We end the season with the SAME RECORD (11-2), but they win their bowl game, we lose ours, and THAT gets them ranked higher? Who are the idiots that rank these teams?

    BTW, #rsmeans, if you think Oregon is no better than the EIGHTH best team in America, you don’t watch much football, do you?

  22. packerbadger says: Jan 8, 2013 2:22 PM

    Saban + Top Recruits + Grade School Education equals success


  23. grendelg says: Jan 8, 2013 3:20 PM

    Who cares about their grades? You seem to think Saban and Alabama are running a university education program. They are not. They are running a vocational school for potential NFL players.

    This whole list is a joke. There’s no way ND or OSU should be anywhere in the top 5. ND shouldn’t even be in the top 10 after that performance. I’ll agree that Oregon was impressive, and I’d go more like this:

    1. ‘Bama
    2. Oregon
    3. UGA
    4. Texas A&M
    5. South Carolina
    6. Stanford
    7. OSU
    8. Clemson
    9. Florida
    10. Florida State
    11. ND
    12. Kansas State
    13. LSU
    14. Louisville
    15 Oklahoma

  24. thraiderskin says: Jan 8, 2013 3:25 PM


    I was insinuating that and now I am stating it. I think part of Bama’s problem was not really understanding what they were dealing with in A&M. If Texas A&M beats them again, perhaps next year, then I will change my toon and own up to it. As far as I’m concerned, Bama can impose thier will on whoever they want in college football. You still have to play the game, but I’m confident that it will not be a repeat by the Aggies. Texas A&M is a very good team, I still believe the Irish are a good team, but Bama is on another level with those recruits and that head coach.

  25. cometkazie says: Jan 8, 2013 4:41 PM

    packerbadger says:
    Jan 8, 2013 10:13 AM
    But Alabama was ranked 370th in academics in 2011. Just sayin’.

    Ranked by whom?

    And how?

    In all seriousness, how does one rank an academic institution? Many of the large state universities with open enrollment have some excellent, top-grade departments. OTOH, about half or so of the freshman class are failed and sent home.

    Rankings end up being very subjective, football teams and universities.

  26. Deb says: Jan 8, 2013 6:23 PM

    Three in the top five.

    Five in the top 10.

    Seven consecutive championships.

    No wonder sad little trolls like packerbadger are busting out the bitter comments.



  27. packerbadger says: Jan 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    Deb says:Jan 8, 2013 6:23 PM

    Three in the top five.

    Five in the top 10.

    Seven consecutive championships.

    No wonder sad little trolls like packerbadger are busting out the bitter comments.


    A better comparison would be to compare SEC teams to NFL teams. Neither really have to go to school and both get paid. One just happens to get paid over the table and the other under. Remember those SEC players that “graduated” but yet couldn’t read? Of course you don’t. My Packers would CRUSH your Bama boys. Oh, other than college football, what does Alabama really have to offer?

  28. packerbadger says: Jan 9, 2013 9:51 AM

    Ranked by whom?

    And how?
    Really? Are you really that lazy to google this?

  29. cometkazie says: Jan 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    packerbadger says:
    Jan 9, 2013 9:51 AM
    Ranked by whom?

    And how?
    Really? Are you really that lazy to google this?
    If you make assertions, back them up.

    “XYZ has these ratings of academic institutions” would suffice.

    Terry Bradshaw could not get into LSU and went to LaTech, which has an excellent engineering school, better than LSU’s. I suspect Brett Favre ended up at SouMiss for the same reason.

    Again, who were these players you referred to? Names, please. I remember a NBA player that couldn’t read some time back. Came from an Iowa or Kansas school, I think.

    Blanket assertions usually lack credibility.

    BTW, I am a big Packer fan.

  30. packerbadger says: Jan 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Here. Gawd, do I have to take your exams too… they do in the SEC?

  31. Deb says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM


    ROFL … with all due respect to “,” I get my ranking info from US News and World Report …

    which has been providing detailed information plus extensive explanations of the ranking methodology on the nation’s educational institutions since long before anyone heard of dot-coms. :roll:

  32. Deb says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Yes, packerbadger, I expect Green Bay would crush Alabama. How flattering that you need to look to the NFL to find a team capable of crushing Alabama! But since, even on a team of Bama’s caliber, only half the starters are real NFL prospects, most pro teams would crush even the best college teams. I’m not sure about Arizona.

    The academic discussion has become ridiculous. Alabama now graduates around 70 percent of its football players and 100 percent of its athletes in several other programs. It’s not Harvard–but neither is Wisconsin. However, it offers a fine state-sponsored education. You’re just a silly fool who can’t handle SEC football dominance so you come on a blog and act like … a silly fool. Sad, really.

  33. cometkazie says: Jan 9, 2013 2:55 PM

    Thanks, Deb.

    You put things so well.

  34. packerbadger says: Jan 10, 2013 9:16 AM

    Yeah Deb, you guys “graduate” players; problem is, is that some of them can’t read after they “graduate”. My point (which you obviously don’t get) is that college football isn’t a level playing field. If you have a room temp IQ can run-throw-tackle and a pulse; its much, much easier to get into a SEC school vs a Big 10 or Ivy league school. Alabama ranked 370th academically as a whole, not just for football players. Wisconsin isn’t Harvard, but is much, much closer than Alabama. All you got is football, not much else. Other than basketball, (and hockey which you don’t have) most of the other sports athletes actually have brains. How do you other sports rank? Oh, btw; the rookie of the yr and defensive player of the yr are both Wisconsin graduates (Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt)… are your Bama grads doing in the pros? Now that you’ve had your 15 mins of fame, you’ll have to wait a yr to talk about your one trick pony. I’m gonna be watching the Packers and Badgers in hockey and Basketball. Have fun!

  35. packerbadger says: Jan 10, 2013 9:37 AM

    Btw, I didn’t know you were the ranker-in-chief of college schools. But, thanks for reinforcing my point that Alabama is way further down the list than Wisconsin. You also may want to find the conference academic rankings. Yup, you guessed it; SEC is at the bottom!

  36. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 2:48 PM

    In addition to seven consecutive BCS championships, the SEC is the reigning:

    * men’s basketball champion (Kentucky)
    * women’s softball champion (Alabama)
    * men’s indoor track and field champion (Florida)
    * men’s outdoor track and field champion (Florida)
    * women’s outdoor track and field champion (LSU)
    * women’s tennis champion (Florida)
    * women’s golf champion (Alabama)
    * women’s gymnastics champion (Alabama)
    * equestrian national title holder (Texas A&M)

    Considering your ignorance overall, I’m not surprised to find you completely ignorant as to the success of the SEC in a variety of sports. My family in Tuscaloosa attends softball, baseball, basketball, and gymnastics competitions, as well as football games.

    Academically, Florida, Georgia, and Texas A&M rank quite close to Wisconsin. Alabama is also a fine institution. Missouri is the oldest and best school of journalism in the world. The real test of an education is what the graduates choose to do with their lives. I try to make positive use of my education. You spend whatever education you may have trying to denigrate people you don’t know and stereotype entire regions as ignorant because your team has been unsuccessful. How sad.

  37. foreverlsu says: Jan 14, 2013 3:44 PM

    Deb, don’t even waste your time to respond to that fool. He’s a one trick pony that can only discuss academics on a CFT blog. I think he played at Wisconsin and thinks he’s God’s gift to the meaning of student athlete.

    Anyone who talks trash to SEC fans about hockey pretty much sums it up as to what you’re dealing with.

    Perhaps Wisconsin and Notre Dame should join the Ivy League since that seems to be a better fit for them …on the gridiron.

    Wisconsin – the ONLY school to ever appear in a Rose Bowl and end the same season with SIX freakin losses. What a joke!

  38. waynefontes says: Jan 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    packerbadger says:
    Jan 10, 2013 9:16 AM
    I’m gonna be watching the Packers and Badgers in hockey and Basketball. Have fun!

    I’m sure she’ll have more fun then you did watching the Packers last weekend.

    What was the graduation rate of the 49ers as compared to the Packers? Or the average SAT score for both rosters?

    At least you can say you were the best 5 loss team to ever make a BCS bowl.

  39. cometkazie says: Jan 15, 2013 2:19 PM

    Post of the week, Wayne.

    Well done

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