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Bye Week Provides No Help to Mountaineers

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The Mountaineers fail to move up in the latest polls.

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AP Top 25 - Week 12

Rank Team Previous Movement
Rank Team Previous Movement
1 Alabama (57) 1 -
2 Miami (4) 7 +5
3 Oklahoma 5 +2
4 Clemson 4 -
5 Wisconsin 6 +1
6 Auburn 10 +4
7 Georgia 2 -5
8 Ohio State 11 +3
9 Notre Dame 3 -6
10 Oklahoma State 12 +2
11 TCU 8 -3
12 USC 15 +3
13 Penn State 16 +3
14 UCF 14 -
15 Washington State 19 +4
16 Washington 9 -7
17 Mississippi State 18 +1
18 Memphis 20 +2
19 Michigan 21 +2
20 Stanford NR -
21 LSU NR -
22 Michigan State 13 -9
23 South Florida 22 -1
24 West Virginia 23 -1
25 NC State NR -
Others Receiving Votes Virginia Tech 110, Northwestern 72, Arizona 49, Iowa State 27, Boise State 6, Georgia Tech 6, Army 3, Iowa 2, South Carolina 2

Finally a shift in the Top 5! The USC Trojans, who traveled to Pullman, Washington to take on Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars. The Cougars kicked a go-ahead field goal with 1:40 left and watched as Jahad Woods sacked Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold, knocking the ball loose and ending the Trojans hope for a victory. The Trojans fall 9 spots to #14 while the Cougars move up 5 to #11.

Alabama Crimson Tide, despite beating Ole Miss Rebels 66-3, lost first place votes. The Clemson Tigers took on West Virginia’s week one opponent, Virginia Tech Hokies, winning easily 31-17. Josh Jackson, who was poised when he took on the Mountaineers at Fedex Field, looked rattled against the Tigers defense, throwing two interception, the first of which was returned 22 yards for a touchdown. The Hokies, despite losing by 14, thanks to Josh Jackson’s garbage time touchdown with 1:32 remaining, only dropped four spots to #16.

West Virginia’s week 6 opponent, TCU Horned Frogs, moved up one spot to #8 in the latest AP poll. Notre Dame, who defeated mighty Miami of Ohio, moves ahead of West Virginia and ties Florida at #21 after being not ranked last week.

USA Today Coaches Poll Week 12

Rank Team Previous Movement
Rank Team Previous Movement
1 Alabama (63) 1 -
2 Miami 6 +4
3 Clemson 4 +1
4 Wisconsin 3 -1
5 Oklahoma 7 +2
6 Auburn 10 +4
7 Georgia 2 -5
8 Ohio State 11 +3
9 Notre Dame 5 -4
10 USC 14 +4
11 Penn State 13 +2
12 UCF 12 -
13 Oklahoma State 15 +2
14 TCU 9 -5
15 Washington 8 -7
16 Washington State 20 +4
17 Memphis 19 +2
18 Michigan 22 +4
19 Mississippi State 18 -1
20 South Florida 21 +1
21 LSU 25 +4
22 NC State 24 +2
23 Stanford NR -
24 Michigan State 16 -8
25 West Virginia NR -
Others receiving votes Virginia Tech 94, Northwestern 67, Arizona 54, Boise State 40, South Carolina 33, Iowa 16, Kentucky 16, Army 14, San Diego State 11, Iowa State 9, Troy 5, Ohio 2

The Coaches Poll was harsher to the Hokies, dropping them 7 spots to #19 this week. The Mountaineers remain #23 in both polls after remaining undefeated against the bye week. Both NC State Wolfpack and the Central Florida Black Knights enter the polls for the first time this year.