Michigan State and Baylor make big leaps in the college football Power Rankings after their critical Week 12 wins.

By Colin Becht
November 24, 2015

And then there were two. Two weeks left (or just one for Notre Dame and most of the Big 12) for teams to make their final auditions for the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Ohio State was already out of my top four, but their defeat still created a shakeup in my playoff picks. With two of my top four currently in line to play on Championship Saturday, there’s bound to be some more changes, too. Playoff berths are within reach, so the stakes are only getting higher.

1Clemson Tigers
last week: 1
record: 11–0

Next week: Saturday at South Carolina

2Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 2
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Charleston Southern 56-6
Next week: Saturday at Auburn
3Iowa Hawkeyes
last week: 4
record: 11–0

Last week: Beat Purdue 40-20
Next week: Friday at Nebraska
4Michigan State Spartans
last week: 9
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Ohio State 17-14
Next week: Saturday vs. Penn State
5Notre Dame Fighting Irish
last week: 3
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Boston College 19-16
Next week: Saturday at Stanford
6Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 8
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat TCU 30-29
Next week: Saturday at Oklahoma State
7Baylor Bears
last week: 10
record: 9–1

Last week: Beat Oklahoma State 45-35
Next week: Saturday at TCU
8Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 5
record: 10–1

Last week: Lost to Baylor 45-35
Next week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma
9Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 6
record: 10–1

Last week: Lost to Michigan State 17-14
Next week: Saturday at Michigan
10Florida Gators
last week: 7
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Florida Atlantic 20-14 in OT
Next week: Saturday vs. Florida State
11Michigan Wolverines
last week: 12
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Penn State 28-16
Next week: Saturday vs. Ohio State
12North Carolina Tar Heels
last week: 13
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Virginia Tech 30-27 in OT
Next week: Saturday at NC State
13Stanford Cardinal
last week: 15
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Cal 35-22
Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
14Northwestern Wildcats
last week: 18
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Wisconsin 13-7
Next week: Saturday vs. Illinois
15Navy Midshipmen
last week: 19
record: 9–1

Last week: Beat Tulsa 44-21
Next week: Friday at Houston
16TCU Horned Frogs
last week: 11
record: 9–2

Last week: Lost to Oklahoma 30-29
Next week: Friday vs. Baylor
17Florida State Seminoles
last week: 21
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Chattanooga 52-13
Next week: Saturday at Florida
18Oregon Ducks
last week: 23
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat USC 48-28
Next week: Friday vs. Oregon State
19Ole Miss Rebels
last week: NR
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat LSU 38-17
Next week: Saturday at Mississippi State
20Toledo Rockets
last week: 22
record: 9–1

Last week: Beat Bowling Green 44-28
Next week: Friday vs. Western Michigan
21Houston Cougars
last week: 14
record: 10–1

Last week: Lost to UConn 20-17
Next week: Friday vs. Navy
22Temple Owls
last week: NR
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Memphis 31-12
Next week: Saturday vs. UConn
23LSU Tigers
last week: 16
record: 7–3

Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 38-17
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas A&M
24Washington State Cougars
last week: NR
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat Colorado 27-3
Next week: Friday at Washington
25UCLA Bruins
last week: NR
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat Utah 17-9
Next week: Saturday at USC

Next five: Utah, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Memphis, Pittsburgh
Dropped out: Utah, Wisconsin, USC, Memphis

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