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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:

 
1
Alabama Crimson Tide
1
10–0
Last week: Beat Mississippi State 51-3Next week: Saturday vs. Chattanooga
2
Ohio State Buckeyes
5
9–1
Last week: Beat Maryland 62-3Next week: Saturday at Michigan State
3
Louisville Cardinals
6
9–1
Last week: Beat Wake Forest 44-12Next week: Thursday at Houston
4
Clemson Tigers
2
9–1
Last week: Lost to Pitt 43-42Next week: Saturday at Wake Forest​
5
Michigan Wolverines
3
9–1
Last week: Lost to Iowa 14-13Next week: Saturday vs. Indiana​
6
Wisconsin Badgers
7
8–2
Last week: Beat Boston Illinois 48-3Next week: Saturday at Purdue
7
Oklahoma Sooners
9
8–2
Last week: Beat Baylor 45-24Next week: Saturday at West Virginia
8
Washington Huskies
4
9-1
Last week: Lost to USC 26-13Next week: Saturday vs. Arizona State​
9
Penn state nittany lions
10
8–2
Last week: Beat Indiana 45-31Next week: Saturday at Rutgers
10
Utah Utes
11
8–2
Last week: Beat Arizona State 49-2Next week: Saturday vs. Oregon
11
West Virginia Mountaineers
14
8-1
Last week: Beat Texas 24-20Next week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma
12
USC Trojans
24
7–3
Last week: Beat Washington 26-13Next week: Saturday at UCLA
13
COLORADO BUFFALOES
15
8–2
  Last week: Beat Arizona 49-24Next week: Saturday vs. Washington State
14
Oklahoma State Cowboys
16
8-2
Last week: Beat Texas Tech 45-44Next week: Saturday at TCU​
15
Western Michigan Broncos
18
10-0
Last week: Beat Kent State 37-21Next week: Saturday vs. Buffalo
16
Auburn Tigers
8
7–3
Last week: Lost to Georgia 13-7Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama A&M​
17
LSU Tigers
19
7–3
Last week: Beat Arkansas 38-10Next week: Saturday vs. Florida
18
Florida State seminoles
20
7-3
Last week: Beat Boston College 45-7Next week: Saturday at Syracuse
19
nebraska cornhuskers
21
8-2
Last week: Beat Minnesota 24-17Next week: Saturday vs. Maryland
20
Florida Gators
22
7-2
Last week: Beat South Carolina 20-7Next week: Saturday at LSU
21
Washington State Cougars
23
8–2
Last week: Beat Cal 56-21Next week: Saturday at Colorado​
22
Boise State Broncos
25
9-1
Last week: Beat Hawaii 52-16Next week: Friday vs. UNLV
23
nORTH cAROLINA taR hEELS
12
7–3
Last week: Lost to Duke 28-27Next week: Saturday vs. The Citadel
24
San Diego State Aztecs
9-1
Last week: Beat Nevada 46-16Next week: Saturday at Wyoming
25
Texas A&M Aggies
13
7-3
Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 29-28Next week: Saturday vs. Texas-San Antonio

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

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