Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25: Week 12

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Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25- Week 12

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Cary Edmonson- US PRESSWIRE

Week 12 in the 2012 college football season shook the standings to the core, not only in the BCS, but in the Top 25. Several teams who seemed out-matched in important games stepped up to create unparalleled chaos as we get that much closer to the holiday season and the time of year when the best teams traditionally rise to the top.

The BCS and bowl races are now once again wide open due to the fall from grace of two previous unbeatens in Kansas State and Oregon who once looked untouchable. Thanks to the Baylor Bears and Stanford Cardinal, things are no longer as cut-and-dried as they seemed this time last week.

Also due to these two losses, the BCS at-large picture is now as jumbled as it has been all season. Not only is there uncertainty about who could emerge to compete in the BCS games, there's even uncertainty about who could compete in the conference championship games which, in most cases, are only two weeks away.

While on paper Week 12 of this year's college football season looked to be bland with only a few matchups jumping off the page as being worth our time, its actual result turned out to be anything but.

Check out the latest version of our Official Rant Sports College Football Top 25 to see how yesterday's games affected the rankings and to get a good outlook on who we see as being the teams most likely to compete in the BCS games and for a National Championship.

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No. 25- Boise State Broncos

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Brian Losness- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 25 Boise State Broncos easily handled the Colorado State Rams, 42-14 on Saturday behind 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns from running back D.J. Harper. After a week off, the Broncos travel to Reno to take on the Nevada Wolfpack on Saturday, December 1st to wrap up the regular season.

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No. 24- Washington Huskies

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Joe Nicholson- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 24 Washington Huskies easily dispatched everyone's favorite doormat, the Colorado Buffaloes, 38-3 on Saturday, led by Keith Price's 248 yards and five touchdowns through the air. The Huskies take on in-state rival Washington State in Pullman on the afternoon of Friday to 23rd to wrap-up their PAC-12 regular season schedule.

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No. 23- Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Crystal LoGuidice- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs demolished the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-14 on Saturday, nailing the final nail in the coffin of Arkansas coach John L. Smith. Led by Tyler Russell's 274 yards passing and four touchdowns, the 8-3 Bulldogs wrap up the SEC regular season with a visit to Oxford to take on the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday the 24th.

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No. 22- Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Matt Kartozian- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowboys did on Saturday what has become a tradition in recent years-- annihilate Texas Tech. Behind 229 yards and three touchdowns from QB Clint Chelf, the Cowboys posted a 59-21 victory over the Red Raiders, and will have a few days to rest before preparing for the annual Bedlam showdown on Saturday the 24th against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman.

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No. 21- Michigan Wolverines

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Rick Osentoski- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 21 Michigan Wolverines improved to 8-3 on the 2012 season with a 42-14 thrashing of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. Led by Devin Gardner's electrifying six touchdown performance, the Wolverines put it in cruise control early on. Michigan takes on traditional rival Ohio State on Saturday the 24th in what promises to be an epic Big 10 classic.

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No. 20- Louisville Cardinals

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Jamie Rhodes- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 20 Louisville Cardinals enjoyed a bye this week, and return to action on Saturday the 24th against the Connecticut Huskies in hopes of posting their 10th win of the season and getting one step closer to a regular season Big East Conference championship.

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No. 19- Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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Jim O'Connor- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 19 Rutgers Scarlet Knights picked up a hard-fought 10-3 win over Big East rival Cincinnati on Saturday, and now look ahead to a Saturday matchup against the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road-- always a daunting task for Big East teams looking to avoid an unlikely loss. Just ask Notre Dame.

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No. 18- Texas Longhorns

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Spruce Derden- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 18 Texas Longhorns were off this weekend and now prepare for a Thanksgiving night matchup in Austin with the TCU Horned Frogs in an effort to pick up their ninth win of the 2012 season. A classic in the waiting with the Kansas State Wildcats still looms on December 1 which could have significant implications for the Big 12 final regular season standings and the BCS.

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No. 17- UCLA Bruins

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Ron Chenoy- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 17 UCLA Bruins emerged victorious in the highly-anticipated Battle for Los Angeles on Saturday over the USC Trojans, 38-28. UCLA looks to keep their momentum alive as they take on the Stanford Cardinal next Saturday in a massive PAC 12 tilt.

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No. 16- Oregon State Beavers

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Scott Olmos- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 16 Oregon State Beavers demolished the Cal Bears 62-14 at home Saturday, led by a 325 yard, four touchdown performance from on-and-off starting QB Sean Mannion. The Beavers take on the Oregon Ducks in the Civil War rivalry game next Saturday before wrapping up the 2012 regular season on December 1st against Nicholls State.

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No. 15- Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Bruce Thorson- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 15 Nebraska Cornhuskers easily handled the Minnesota Gophers 38-14 on Saturday, to move to nine wins overall and 6-1 in Big Ten conference play. The Huskers wrap up the Big Ten regular season slate against the hapless Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday the 23rd in Iowa City.

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No. 14- Oklahoma Sooners

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Matthew Emmons- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners pulled out a close 50-49 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday evening in what was one of the most exciting games of the day. OU takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys this week in the Bedlam game. With a win, Oklahoma is right back in the mix to have an outside shot at an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game.

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No. 13- South Carolina Gamecocks

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Jeff Blake- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks survived an early scare from Wofford before pulling away for a 24-7 victory. Steve Spurrier's squad has a massive in-state matchup against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday in a contest that not only has bragging rights attached to it, but BCS positioning as well.

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No. 12- Clemson Tigers

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Bob Donna- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 12 Clemson Tigers won a 62-48 shootout over the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday, led by a huge eight touchdown performance from QB Tahj Boyd, who posted 529 yards of total offense by himself. The Tigers return to the field this weekend against in-state rival South Carolina in what is one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the weekend.

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No. 11- Stanford Cardinal

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Cary Edmonson- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 11 Stanford Cardinal pulled off the upset of the day on Saturday, handing the Oregon Ducks their first loss of the season, 17-14 in overtime. Riding high, the Cardinal return to action on Saturday the 24th against the UCLA Bruins, in what is now arguably the biggest game of the season remaining on the PAC-12 slate.

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No. 10- Florida State Seminoles

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Kim Klement- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 10 Florida State Seminoles posted an easy 41-14 win over the Maryland Terrapins early on Saturday, to post their tenth win of the season. Jimbo Fisher's squad is in the driver's seat in the ACC and is our favorite to take home the conference's automatic BCS bid. This can be solidified with a win over the Florida Gators on Rivalry Saturday on the 24th.

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No. 9- Kansas State Wildcats

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Peter G. Aiken- US PRESSWIRE

Last week's BCS No. 1, the Kansas State Wildcats were harshly removed from their top seat during a 52-24 beatdown at the hands of the Baylor Bears last night in Waco. Bill Snyder's team will look to bounce back against the Texas Longhorns on December 1st in Manhattan to wrap up the regular season Big 12 schedule.

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No. 8- LSU Tigers

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Thomas Campbell- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 8 LSU Tigers held off the unpredictable Ole Miss Rebels for a 41-35 win Saturday to pick up their ninth win of the season and fifth in SEC play. The Tigers finish up the SEC regular season against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville on Friday afternoon.

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No. 7- Texas A&M Aggies

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John David Mercer- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies picked up a workmanlike 47-28 win over FCS Sam Houston State on Saturday, and likely have a Heisman Trophy winner on their hands in QB Johnny Manziel after the struggles of Kansas State and Collin Klein on Saturday. The Aggies welcome the Missouri Tigers to College Station on Saturday the 24th to wrap up the SEC regular season. Is a BCS berth in their future?

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No. 6- Oregon Ducks

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Kirby Lee- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks slid after a tough loss to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday evening and will be looking to stop the bleeding as they take on Oregon State in the Civil War battle this coming Saturday. Can Oregon bounce back and stay in the PAC-12 and Rose Bowl mix?

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No. 5- Florida Gators

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Kim Klement- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 5 Florida Gators easily handled FCS Jacksonville State 23-0 on Saturday, and face off against the Florida State Seminoles in one of many in-state rivalry battles this Saturday in Tallahassee. Do the Gators still have an outside shot at playing for the SEC title?

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No. 4- Ohio State Buckeyes

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Greg Bartram- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes remained undefeated for 2012 with a 21-14 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison. While Urban Meyer's team isn't eligible for the post-season, there's no doubt they will be one of the country's best in 2013. The Buckeyes take on the Michigan Wolverines in their traditional rivalry battle this coming Saturday.

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No. 3- Georgia Bulldogs

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Dale Zinine- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are now firmly in the race for both the SEC Championship and a possible National Championship bid following an easy 45-14 win over Georgia State on Saturday. The Bulldogs take on Georgia Tech on Saturday to wrap up the regular season and in preparation for bigger things to come.

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No. 2- Alabama Crimson Tide

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Mark J. Rebilas- US PRESSWIRE

The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide are back in the National Championship picture due to no act of their own. With the Oregon and Kansas State losses, Alabama once again controls their own destiny. An easy 49-0 thumping of Western Carolina gave the Tide their 10th win of 2012. Nick Saban's squad takes on the Auburn Tigers on Saturday the 24th to wrap up the SEC regular season schedule before they appear in the SEC Championship Game a week later.

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No. 1- Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Matthew Emmons- US PRESSWIRE

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are our No. 1, for now. Things certainly aren't easy for the Irish going forward as a matchup with the USC Trojans still looms. Could this be the year the Irish finally do "Return to Glory" and take home the program's first National Championship since 1988?

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