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West Virginia Falls Out of Polls Again After Another 31-24 Loss

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The two loss Mountaineers are once again outside looking in.

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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

Another week and the “Curse of Number 3” befell the Oklahoma Sooners. Hosting the supposedly lifeless Iowa State Cyclones, who were down their starting quarterback Jacob Park, due to undisclosed personal health issue, the Cyclones upset the Sooners in Norman 38-31. The Sooners, who were the darlings of the Big 12 after their upset win over the Ohio State Buckeyes, jumped out early but failed to put away the pesky ‘clones. As a result, the Sooners fell the now “standard” 9 spots from #3 to #12.

The other top ten team to lose this week was the Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan Wolverines who lost their eighth game to “little brother” Michigan State Spartans. Mark Dantonio continues to be underrated as a head coach and gets less credit despite being 94-43 as a head coach at MSU. The Spartans enter the rankings this week at 21, four spots behind Michigan even though the Spartans now own a road victory over the Wolverines. Voters, I tell you what.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, whose victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels jumped 5 spots into the top 20. The Tar Heels, who fell to 1-5, managed just 265 yards against the Irish. Notre Dame had two rushers, Deon McIntosh and Josh Adams, both break 100 yards on 12 and 13 carries respectively.

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

Over in the Coaches Poll, the Stanford Cardinals, who have two losses to ranked teams, re-enter the polls this week after taking down #18 Utah Utes in Salt Lake City. Utah dropped five spots to #23 this week after the home loss to unranked Stanford.

The Louisville Cardinals dropped out of the polls after their Thursday night loss to NC State Wolfpack. The Cardinals, behind reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson continue to be dangerous on offense but fail to give Jackson any real defense to go along with his exploits. As a result, Jackson remains one of the most electrifying players in college football but his teams record is likely pushing him out of contention for the 2017 Heisman.

The Florida Gators once again resemble a high school offense, managing barely 300 yards against the LSU Tigers. The Gators, who seemed to find themselves against Vanderbilt last week, didn’t show up against LSU and lost 17-16 in The Swamp. Florida joins West Virginia and Louisville outside the polls.