College Football Rankings 2012: Season Ends, Fall Preview Begins

The 2011 college football season has come to an end, but it's never too early to start talking about the 2012 season.

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2012 College Football Rankings: AP Poll Puts Boise State At No. 8

The final AP Top 25 Poll is out and the Alabama Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team in the nation. The Crimson Tide received 55 first-place votes and 1,495 points. The LSU Tigers only dropped one spot after the loss in the National Title Game, but dreams of split national championship fell short. The Tigers picked up just one first-place vote and 1,425 points.

Related: LSU Vs. Alabama BCS Title Game

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys received four first-place votes and were just 26 points behind the Tigers. Arkansas finished out the top five. The Boise St. Broncos finished at No. 8, not moving from its previous AP ranking. The only other Mountain West team to finish in the top 25 was TCU Horned Frogs.

North Dakota State, the 2011 FCS national champions, received two votes in the final poll, and the team could probably compete at the FBS level.

Here is the final AP Top 25 Poll:

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 on the Broncos, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God. For more college football news and notes, visit SB Nation NCAA Football.

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2012 College Football Rankings: Final Coaches Poll Has Boise State At No. 6

The final 2012 college football rankings are coming out, and there is plenty of intrigue over how many first-place votes the LSU Tigers will receive in the poll. The final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, on the other hand, must put the Alabama Crimson Tide as the No. 1 team, not only because they won the National Title game, but also because the voters are contractually obligated to put the winner at No. 1.

Related: LSU Vs. Alabama BCS Title Game

After the Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 1 come the LSU Tigers, the Oklahoma St. Cowboys, the Oregon Ducks and the Arkansas Razorbacks to close out the top five. The Boise St. Broncos finished at No. 6, not moving from the previous Coaches Poll. This was tied for the second-highest finish in the USA Today for the Broncos.

The Broncos, as Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman points out, play three non-conference games in 2012 against opponents who finished ranked: No. 10 Michigan State, No. 19 Southern Miss and No. 25 BYU.

Here is the final Coaches Poll:

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's poll
1.
Alabama (59)
12-1
1,475
2
2.
LSU
13-1
1,404
1
3.
Oklahoma State
12-1
1,367
3
4.
Oregon
12-2
1,290
5
5.
Arkansas
11-2
1,188
7
6.
Boise State
12-1
1,162
6
7.
Stanford
11-2
1,106
4
8.
South Carolina
11-2
1,084
9
9.
Michigan
11-2
925
12
10.
Michigan State
11-3
912
13
11.
Wisconsin
11-3
911
8
12.
Baylor
10-3
775
16
13.
TCU
11-2
710
15
14.
Houston
13-1
673
17
15.
Oklahoma
10-3
610
19
16.
Kansas State
10-3
602
10
17.
Virginia Tech
11-3
574
11
18.
West Virginia
10-3
554
22
19.
Southern Mississippi
12-2
429
21
20.
Georgia
10-4
345
18
21.
Cincinnati
10-3
248
24
22.
Clemson
10-4
237
14
23.
Florida State
9-4
205
25
24.
Nebraska
9-4
144
20
25.
Brigham Young
10-3
79
NR

Dropped out
No. 23 Penn State (9-4, lost to then-No. 17 Houston 30-14 in TicketCity Bowl).

Others receiving votes
Northern Illinois (11-3) 36; Missouri (8-5) 33; Texas (8-5) 29; Auburn (8-5) 28; Rutgers (9-4) 11; Penn State (9-4) 10; Texas A&M (7-6) 5; Virginia (8-5) 4; Temple (9-4) 2; Washington (7-6) 2; Arkansas State (10-3) 1; Florida (7-6) 1; Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4) 1; Mississippi State (7-6) 1; Notre Dame (8-5) 1; Ohio (10-4) 1.

For more on the Broncos, visit Boise State blog One Bronco Nation Under God. For more college football news and notes, visit SB Nation NCAA Football.

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