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NCAA Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon rises to top of Coaches' Poll

With Texas A&M's upset of Alabama, the Oregon Ducks rose to No. 1 in the newest USA Today Coaches' Poll. Undefeated Kansas St. and Notre Dame are just behind the Ducks.

Thearon W. Henderson

The Oregon Ducks have moved to the top of the USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time this season after the Alabama Crimson Tide dropped their first game of the season on Saturday. The No. 1 Ducks earned 44 of 59 first place votes after remaining undefeated with a 59-17 rout of Cal.

Alabama fell to No. 5 after being beaten, 29-24, by the Taxas A&M Aggies – who moved up to No. 10 with the upset. The No. 2 Kansas St. Wildcats, No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs round out the rest of the top five. The second-ranked Wildcats received 14 first place votes while Notre Dame received one.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, who beat the Penn St. Nittany Lions 32-23, moved up two spots to No. 14.

Joining the rankings this week were The No. 24 Oklahoma St. Cowboys and No. 25 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Mississippi St. Bulldogs and Toledo Rockets both fell out of the coaches' rankings.

The full USA Today Coaches' Poll rankings for this week are below:

1. Oregon
2. Kansas State
3. Notre Dame
4. Georgia
5. Alabama
6. Florida State
7. Florida
8. LSU
9. Clemson
10. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
12. Oklahoma
13. Stanford
14. Nebraska
15. Texas
16. UCLA
17. Oregon State
18. Louisville
19. La. Tech
20. Rutgers
21. USC
22. Boise State
23. Michigan
24. Oklahoma State
25. Texas Tech