The Associated Press has dropped its rankings in the AP Top 25 poll following Week 12 of the college football season. With the home stretch of the season upon us, it’s more important than ever for the nation’s top teams to put on a strong showing to make their case for the College Football Playoff.
Of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to have their stranglehold on the No. 1 spot.
This week was a dominant one for the teams ranked in the top ten, with seven earning wins by at least 20 points. The only three top ten teams not to win by 20 points are more were No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Oklahoma, and No. 9 LSU.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 12 can be seen below.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings — Week 12
- Alabama (61)
- Notre Dame
- West Virginia
- Washington State
- Ohio State
- Utah State
- Penn State
- Iowa State
- Boston College
- Boise State
- Mississippi State
Others receiving votes: Army 128, UAB 78, Fresno St. 61, Michigan St. 31, NC State 30, Buffalo 29, Pittsburgh 28, Duke 20, Texas A&M 16, Iowa 8, Arizona St. 6, Stanford 3, Auburn 3, Troy 1.
The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.