• After Clemson, Michigan and Washington all lost in Week 11, Ohio State and Louisville moved into the top four in SI's Power Rankings.
By Ben Estes
November 14, 2016

What a week, huh?

Given the dearth of top-notch matchups in Week 11, it was supposed to be a relatively quiet Saturday. So of course the Nos. 2–4 teams all lost in the same week for the first time in 31 years.

The thing is, not a whole lot has changed in the bigger picture—yet. Clemson, Michigan and Washington are all still in good shape in the College Football Playoff race provided they win out, particularly the Tigers and Wolverines. What Saturday’s results did do, however, was open the door for a radical reshuffling should more chaos occur. Now, a loss by any of the top contenders will throw a ton of doubt into the eventual four-team field. There’s no more margin for error.

Here’s a look at the college football hierarchy heading into Week 12:

1Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 10–0

Last week: Beat Mississippi State 51-3
Next week: Saturday vs. Chattanooga

2Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 5
record: 9–1

Last week: Beat Maryland 62-3
Next week: Saturday at Michigan State

3Louisville Cardinals
last week: 6
record: 9–1

Last week: Beat Wake Forest 44-12
Next week: Thursday at Houston

4Clemson Tigers
last week: 2
record: 9–1
5Michigan Wolverines
last week: 3
record: 9–1

Last week: Lost to Iowa 14-13
Next week: Saturday vs. Indiana

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6Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 7
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat Boston Illinois 48-3
Next week: Saturday at Purdue

7Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 9
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat Baylor 45-24
Next week: Saturday at West Virginia

8Washington Huskies
last week: 4
record: 9-1

Last week: Lost to USC 26-13
Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona State

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9Penn state nittany lions
last week: 10
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat Indiana 45-31
Next week: Saturday at Rutgers

10Utah Utes
last week: 11
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat Arizona State 49-2
Next week: Saturday vs. Oregon

11West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: 14
record: 8-1

Last week: Beat Texas 24-20
Next week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma

12USC Trojans
last week: 24
record: 7–3

Last week: Beat Washington 26-13
Next week: Saturday at UCLA

last week: 15
record: 8–2


Last week: Beat Arizona 49-24
Next week: Saturday vs. Washington State

14Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 16
record: 8-2

Last week: Beat Texas Tech 45-44
Next week: Saturday at TCU​

15Western Michigan Broncos
last week: 18
record: 10-0

Last week: Beat Kent State 37-21
Next week: Saturday vs. Buffalo

16Auburn Tigers
last week: 8
record: 7–3

Last week: Lost to Georgia 13-7
Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama A&M

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17LSU Tigers
last week: 19
record: 7–3

Last week: Beat Arkansas 38-10
Next week: Saturday vs. Florida

18Florida State seminoles
last week: 20
record: 7-3

Last week: Beat Boston College 45-7
Next week: Saturday at Syracuse

19nebraska cornhuskers
last week: 21
record: 8-2

Last week: Beat Minnesota 24-17
Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland

20Florida Gators
last week: 22
record: 7-2

Last week: Beat South Carolina 20-7
Next week: Saturday at LSU

21Washington State Cougars
last week: 23
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat Cal 56-21
Next week: Saturday at Colorado

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22Boise State Broncos
last week: 25
record: 9-1

Last week: Beat Hawaii 52-16
Next week: Friday vs. UNLV

last week: 12
record: 7–3

Last week: Lost to Duke 28-27
Next week: Saturday vs. The Citadel

24San Diego State Aztecs
last week: NR
record: 9-1

Last week: Beat Nevada 46-16
Next week: Saturday at Wyoming

25Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 13
record: 7-3

Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 29-28
Next week: Saturday vs. Texas-San Antonio

Dropped out: Virginia Tech
Next five: Navy, Virginia Tech, Troy, Temple, Tennessee

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