NCAA Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon new No. 1 in Coaches' Poll, UCLA still ahead of USC

Thearon W. Henderson

Alabama's loss cleared the way for Oregon to move to the top of the latest Coaches' Poll, while UCLA checks in at 16th and USC at 21st.

There is a new No. 1 team in the Coaches' Poll. Alabama's loss to Texas A&M dropped them to fifth in the latest rankings, allowing former No. 1 to ascend to the top spot, following by fellow undefeated squads Kansas St. and Notre Dame.

The Ducks were killed by injuries over the weekend as seemingly their entire defensive line went down, but they still had no problem with Cal, winning 59-17 in Berkeley. They captured 44 first place votes, with K-State earned 14 and one going the way of the Fighting Irish.

Georgia also jumped Alabama, taking fourth, with the Crimson Tide checked in behind them. A&M, who toppled the former No. 1 Tide, rose four spots to No. 10.

UCLA continued their rise up the rankings, jumping three spots to No. 16 after beating Washington St. on Saturday night. They led by 30 points in the first half, when most voters probably went to sleep, which is a good for the Bruins because they shut off in the second half and almost let the Cougars come back.

USC dealt with the opposite problem, struggling in the first half before cruising past Arizona St. in the second half. That was good enough to move them up one place to 21st.

The Bruins and Trojans will square off on Saturday at the Rose Bowl for the Pac-12 South title.

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

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