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AP Top 25: Alabama Jumps Cincy, Oklahoma Falls in Week 12

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The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1) jumped the now-ranked No. 3 Cincinnati Bearcats (10-0) in the AP Top 25 Poll on Sunday.

The previously ranked No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (9-1) dropped eight spots to No. 12 after losing for the first time this season to the No. 11 Baylor Bears (8-2).

Oklahoma struggled to get its No. 11 FBS ranked offense out of first gear and only tallied 260 total yards. The Sooners’ defense wasn’t able to provide help, either, as the Bears’ offense ran straight through it to the tune of 296 yards on 47 carries

Georgia (10-1) is No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week with a 41-17 win over the Tennessee Vols, and the AP reports the SEC has the top two teams in the poll for the sixth time this season.

The AP’s Ralph D. Russo reports the switch from Cincinnati to Alabama at the No. 2 spot was more about the Bearcats — who let the USF Bulls score 28 points in the 45-28 victory — than the Crimson Tide. For the fourth straight week, the Bearcats played a team with a losing record and found themselves in a competitive game in the second half.

AP Top 25 Poll for Week 12.

Behind No. 3 Cincinnati is, No. 4 Oregon (9-1), No. 5 Ohio State (9-1), No. 6 Notre Dame (9-1), No. 7 Michigan State (9-1), No. 8 Michigan (9-1) and No. 9 Oklahoma State (9-1) — all of which moved up one spot after Oklahoma fell eight spots after the loss to Baylor.

Ole Miss (8-2) landed the No. 10 spot after the Rebels intercepted two passes from Texas A&M (7-3) quarterback Zach Calzada in the fourth quarter to knock off the Aggies 29-19 on Saturday night. The previously No. 11 ranked Aggies fell to No. 16 with the loss.

The full AP Top 25 Poll for Week 12 can be seen here, and OutKick’s previous AP Top 25 Poll coverage can be seen here.


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Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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