College football rankings 2012: Notre Dame tops SB Nation BlogPoll

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame moves into the No. 1 ranking in the SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 after Kansas State and Oregon both lost.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the new No. 1 team in the SB Nation BlogPoll this week. With last week's No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both losing, the Irish moved up from No. 3 into the top spot. The Kansas State Wildcats lost to Baylor and the Oregon Ducks fell to Stanford, opening up the No. 1 ranking for Notre Dame who shut out Wake Forest, 38-0.

The Irish received 63 first place votes with Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, and Texas A&M all earning at least one first place vote as well. The ballot breakdown shows that no voters placed Notre Dame any lower than fourth in their rankings.

Notre Dame plays at USC on Saturday, Nov. 24. If they win that game they will likely hold the top ranking and advance to the BCS championship.

Another area team made its way into the top 25 for the first time this week, as Northern Illinois came in at No. 24 after knocking off Toledo. They close out their regular season against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 23 and will play Kent State in the MAC Championship on Nov. 30.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 12

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (63) 24.82 0.59 Arrow_up 2
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (4) 23.39 1.25 Arrow_up 2
3 Oregon Ducks 21.28 1.60 Arrow_down -2
4 Georgia Bulldogs 20.75 3.12 Arrow_up 1
5 Kansas St. Wildcats 19.17 2.18 Arrow_down -3
6 Florida Gators 18.72 3.57 --
7 Ohio St. Buckeyes (2) 18.38 7.38 Arrow_up 2
8 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 18.08 3.32 Arrow_down -1
9 LSU Tigers 16.70 3.06 Arrow_down -1
10 Stanford Cardinal 16.41 2.33 Arrow_up 4
11 Texas A&M Aggies (1) 16.31 3.04 Arrow_down -1
12 Clemson Tigers 15.35 2.46 Arrow_down -1
13 Oklahoma Sooners 12.51 3.21 --
14 South Carolina Gamecocks 12.27 2.71 Arrow_down -2
15 UCLA Bruins 10.23 2.56 Arrow_up 2
16 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9.54 2.45 Arrow_down -1
17 Oregon St. Beavers 9.45 3.32 Arrow_down -1
18 Texas Longhorns 7.54 2.63 --
19 Louisville Cardinals 6.59 2.91 --
20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4.76 2.93 Arrow_up 2
21 Michigan Wolverines 4.30 2.46 Arrow_up 3
22 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 4.01 2.90 Arrow_up 3
23 Kent St. Golden Flashes 3.52 3.01 --
24 Northern Illinois Huskies 3.14 3.28 Arrow_up 3
25 Boise St. Broncos 1.59 3.38 Arrow_up 4
Others Receiving Votes: Utah State Aggies | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Northwestern Wildcats | San Jose St. Spartans | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | USC Trojans | Arizona Wildcats | Washington Huskies | Central Florida Knights | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Baylor Bears | TCU Horned Frogs | Wisconsin Badgers | Cincinnati Bearcats | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Toledo Rockets | Fresno St. Bulldogs | San Diego St. Aztecs | Michigan St. Spartans | Vanderbilt Commodores | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Nov 20, 2012 7:31 AM PST

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