AP Poll: Arizona State jumps two spots in latest rankings

Ralph Freso

Arizona State continues to rise in the national rankings after its fifth straight victory.

The Arizona State football team didn't play its best football for the second week in a row, but the Sun Devils were still able to climb in the AP poll from their previous spot at No. 21.

The Sun Devils are up to the 19th spot in the week 12 AP rankings after a 30-17 victory against Oregon State on Saturday night.

Arizona State struggled offensively throughout the evening and relied on an outstanding effort from its defense to lock down the upset-minded Beavers.

The AP poll continues to rank the Sun Devils below their spot in the BCS rankings and other computer calculations. The Sun Devils entered the week as the No. 19 team in the BCS rankings and that number is almost certain to rise when the latest BCS rankings are released on Sunday evening.

Arizona State is the seventh-highest ranked team with at least two losses in the AP poll as they sit behind six two-loss teams and a three-loss LSU squad that is ranked 18th overall.

The Sun Devils have not been ranked as high as 19th in the AP poll since they secured the 18th spot with a 5-1 record in 2011.

On Saturday Arizona State will face an 8-2 UCLA team that dropped from 13th to 14th this week after a victory against the Washington Huskies.

The Sun Devils and the Bruins are joined by three other Pac-12 teams in the AP top 25 as Oregon, Stanford, and USC are also in the rankings this week. The Trojans broke into the poll at No. 23 with a 20-17 upset of the Cardinal who dropped to 10th overall this week.

Alabama and Florida State held down the top two spots respectively, but Baylor hopped over Ohio State and now owns the 3rd overall ranking.

The Week 12 AP Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 10-0 1,495 1
2 Florida State (5) 10-0 1,445 2
3 Baylor 9-0 1,351 4
4 Ohio State 10-0 1,343 3
5 Oregon 9-1 1,210 6
6 Auburn 10-1 1,205 7
7 Clemson 9-1 1,115 8
8 Missouri 9-1 1,067 9
9 Texas A&M 8-2 956 10
10 Stanford 8-2 899 5
11 Oklahoma State 9-1 889 12
12 South Carolina 8-2 870 11
13 Michigan State 9-1 749 14
14 UCLA 8-2 710 13
15 Fresno State 9-0 572 16
16 Wisconsin 8-2 559 17
17 UCF 8-1 535 15
18 LSU 7-3 439 18
19 Arizona State 8-2 430 21
20 Northern Illinois 10-0 426 20
21 Louisville 9-1 412 19
22 Oklahoma 8-2 318 22
23 USC 8-3 187 NR
24 Mississippi 7-3 119 NR
25 Duke 8-2 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1
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