2012 College Football Rankings: AP Poll Has Only One Big Ten Team In Top 10

The 2011-12 NCAA football season has finally come to a close, and here is a look at the final AP poll for the year. Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team in the top 10.

The Illinois Fighting Illini ended a poor season on a high note by taking the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and the Northern Illinois Huskies jumped all over Akansas state in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, but neither team cracked the AP Top 25 at the close of the 2011-12 NCAA football season. The Huskies earned the third-highest votes for teams outside of the top 25, but it is still a disappointment to miss out on the official list.

In fact, the Big Ten had a rough year in retrospect. Only the Wisconsin Badgers (No. 10) finished in the top 10, and after that the Michigan State Spartans (No. 11) jumped the Michigan Wolverines (No. 12) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers rolled in a No. 24. Here is the complete AP Top 25 list:

Rank Team Record Votes Prev
1 Alabama (55) 12-1 1,495 2
2 LSU (1) 13-1 1,425 1
3 Oklahoma State (4) 12-1 1,399 3
4 Oregon 12-2 1,250 6
5 Arkansas 11-2 1,198 7
6 USC 10-2 1,181 5
7 Stanford 11-2 1,167 4
8 Boise State 12-1 1,127 8
9 South Carolina 11-2 1,013 10
10 Wisconsin 11-3 905 9
11 Michigan State 11-3 873 12
12 Michigan 11-2 839 13
13 Baylor 10-3 780 15
14 TCU 11-2 653 16
15 Kansas State 10-3 621 11
16 Oklahoma 10-3 572 19
17 West Virginia 10-3 547 23
18 Houston 13-1 518 20
19 Georgia 10-4 439 18
20 Southern Miss 12-2 411 22
21 Virginia Tech 11-3 329 17
22 Clemson 10-4 188 14
23 Florida State 9-4 154 25
24 Nebraska 9-4 143 21
25 Cincinnati 10-3 103 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Brigham Young51, Auburn40, Northern Illinois33, Missouri23, Texas15, Rutgers3, Penn State2, North Dakota State2, Virginia1

For more college football news and notes, visit SB Nation NCAA Football.

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