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Coaches' Poll Top 25, Week 12: Oregon new No. 1

Thanks to Alabama's loss to the Texas A&M Aggies the Oregon Ducks are the new No. 1 team in the nation, according to the USA Today Coaches' Poll.


College football has a new No. 1 team: the Oregon Ducks. Oregon, which earned 44 of 59 first-place votes, was named the new top program Sunday when the USA Today Coaches' Poll was released, and featured the unbeaten Kansas St. Wildcats (No. 2) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (No. 3) ahead of the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (No. 4).

The Alabama Crimson Tide, who lost Saturday, 29-24, to the Texas A&M Aggies, fell to No. 5.

Kansas State collected 14 first-place votes while the Fighting Irish claimed one.

For its big victory, Texas A&M was rewarded by the voters with a No. 10 ranking after being ranked No. 14 last week.

Meanwhile, the Louisville Cardinals, who were throttled by the Syracuse Orange, 45-26, fell all the way to No. 18 after being ranked No. 10 last week.

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys (No. 24) and Texas Tech Red Raiders (No. 25) moved back into the top 25. The Mississippi St. Bulldogs and Toledo Rockets both dropped out.

The USA Today Coaches' Poll rankings 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