BlogPoll Week 13: Notre Dame Builds Sizable Lead

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

The Fighting Irish garnered 63 of 71 first-place votes, building the sort of margin Alabama once held between itself and the rest of the Top 25.

College Football Rankings 2012

Results for Week 12

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (63) 24.82 0.59 Arrow_up 2
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (4) 23.39 1.25 Arrow_up 2
3 Oregon Ducks 21.28 1.60 Arrow_down -2
4 Georgia Bulldogs 20.75 3.12 Arrow_up 1
5 Kansas St. Wildcats 19.17 2.18 Arrow_down -3
6 Florida Gators 18.72 3.57 --
7 Ohio St. Buckeyes (2) 18.38 7.38 Arrow_up 2
8 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 18.08 3.32 Arrow_down -1
9 LSU Tigers 16.70 3.06 Arrow_down -1
10 Stanford Cardinal 16.41 2.33 Arrow_up 4
11 Texas A&M Aggies (1) 16.31 3.04 Arrow_down -1
12 Clemson Tigers 15.35 2.46 Arrow_down -1
13 Oklahoma Sooners 12.51 3.21 --
14 South Carolina Gamecocks 12.27 2.71 Arrow_down -2
15 UCLA Bruins 10.23 2.56 Arrow_up 2
16 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9.54 2.45 Arrow_down -1
17 Oregon St. Beavers 9.45 3.32 Arrow_down -1
18 Texas Longhorns 7.54 2.63 --
19 Louisville Cardinals 6.59 2.91 --
20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 4.76 2.93 Arrow_up 2
21 Michigan Wolverines 4.30 2.46 Arrow_up 3
22 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 4.01 2.90 Arrow_up 3
23 Kent St. Golden Flashes 3.52 3.01 --
24 Northern Illinois Huskies 3.14 3.28 Arrow_up 3
25 Boise St. Broncos 1.59 3.38 Arrow_up 4
Others Receiving Votes: Utah State Aggies | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Northwestern Wildcats | San Jose St. Spartans | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | USC Trojans | Arizona Wildcats | Washington Huskies | Central Florida Knights | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Baylor Bears | TCU Horned Frogs | Wisconsin Badgers | Cincinnati Bearcats | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Toledo Rockets | Fresno St. Bulldogs | San Diego St. Aztecs | Michigan St. Spartans | Vanderbilt Commodores | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Nov 20, 2012 9:31 AM CST

As expected, the rest of SB Nation has slid Notre Dame into the No. 1 spot in this week's BlogPoll. Alabama settles in behind it with just four first-place votes, as Andy Hutchins lays out. The next two teams, Oregon at No. 3 and Georgia at No. 4, swapped spots compared to B5Q's ballot, while Kansas State's three-spot fall landed it at No. 5. I had Ohio St. at No. 5 and the Wildcats one spot lower, perhaps indicating some sort of cruel conviction I've gained since Saturday's events.

In the middle of the poll, Stanford's win at Oregon awarded the Cardinal a four-spot rise to No. 10, while three other teams between No. 11 and 14 dropped at least one spot.

At the bottom were most of the big climbers, including new Big Ten partner Rutgers, Michigan, Oklahoma St., Northern Illinois and Boise St.

As for the "awards," B5Q found itself in the running for two. In the running for "Jim Tressel's Numb Existence," we're second for having not a very divergent ballot. Elsewhere, B5Q was third in the "Straight Bangin' Award for having a low bias rating.

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