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  • 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:

 

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

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