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NCAA Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon takes top spot in Coaches' Poll, Rutgers holds at No. 20

With Alabama losing for the first time, Oregon assumes the top spot in the latest USA Today Coaches' Poll, followed by fellow undefeated teams Kansas St. and Notre Dame. Rutgers remained in the rankings after improving to 8-1.

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For the first time in weeks, there is a change atop the USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Oregon Ducks are the nation's new No. 1 team after receiving 44 of 59 first place votes. Oregon's rise corresponded with the Alabama Crimson Tide losing their first game of the season, 29-24 to the Texas A&M Aggies, and falling to No. 5 in the newest poll.

The No. 2 Kansas St. Wildcats, No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs fill out the top 5. The second-ranked Wildcats received 14 first place votes, while the other remaining undefeated team, Notre Dame, received one.

After knocking off the nation's previous No. 1 team, Texas A&M moved up four spots to No. 10 in the newest poll.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights remained No. 20 after improving to 8-1 on the season with a 28-7 victory over Army.The Syracuse Orange did not move into the poll, but made an impact on the rankings with a 45-26 win over the Louisville Cardinals who subsequently fell eight spots down to No. 18.

Joining the rankings this week were The No. 24 Oklahoma St. Cowboys and No. 25 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Mississippi St. Bulldogs and Toledo Rockets both fell out of the coaches' rankings.

The full USA Today Coaches' Poll rankings for this week 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