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By Mike Fiammetta
November 21, 2016

We didn’t witness teams Nos. 2–4 all lose again, but don’t let anybody tell you Week 12 wasn’t any fun.

Louisville’s College Football Playoff and ACC hopes were dashed as Houston returned to the spotlight, Ohio State and Michigan were both challenged by fellow Big Ten opponents, Wisconsin’s continued excellence gave the conference three top-five teams in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1960 and six teams from last week’s rankings went down. Three dropped out altogether, allowing the Cougars, Tennessee and Stanford to return.

Here’s where the national pecking order stands entering the final week of the regular season (save for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, who have the week off before Bedlam on Dec. 3).

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1Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 11–0

Last week: Beat Chattanooga 31–3
Next week: Saturday vs. Auburn

2Ohio St. Buckeyes
last week: 2
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Michigan State 17–16
Next week: Saturday vs. Michigan

3Clemson Tigers
last week: 4
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Wake Forest 35–13
Next week: Saturday vs. South Carolina

4Michigan Wolverines
last week: 5
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Indiana 20–10
Next week: Saturday at Ohio State

5Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 6
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Purdue 49–20
Next week: Saturday vs. Minnesota

6Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 7
record: 9–2
7Washington Huskies
last week: 8
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat Arizona State 44–18
Next week: Saturday at Washington State

8Penn St. Nittany Lions
last week: 9
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Rutgers 39–0
Next week: Saturday vs. Michigan State

9Colorado Buffaloes
last week: 13
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Washington State 38–24
Next week: Saturday vs. Utah

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10USC Trojans
last week: 12
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat UCLA 34–14
Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame

11Louisville Cardinals
last week: 3
record: 9–2

Last week: Lost to Houston 36–20
Next week: Saturday vs. Kentucky

12Oklahoma St. Cowboys
last week: 14
record: 9–2

“We definitely got our bucks kicked. It was embarrassing,” TCU running back Kyle Hicks said after Oklahoma State handed the Horned Frogs their worst home loss since 1997 on Saturday. The Cowboys gained 334 rushing yards in their 31–6 victory, with Justice Hill and Chris Carson nearly splitting 300 of those yards between themselves. Mason Rudolph passed for one touchdown and rushed for two more, and Oklahoma State allowed only a first-quarter touchdown (and blocked the point-after attempt) to TCU before turning on cruise control. Next up is the Bedlam game Dec. 3 against Oklahoma. A win then, and we’ll be playing the “what if” game for Oklahoma State’s playoff chances in the context of that preposterous Sept. 10 Hail Mary loss to Central Michigan.

Last week: Beat TCU 31–6
Next week: Off

13Western Michigan Broncos
last week: 15
record: 11–0

Last week: Beat Buffalo 38–0
Next week: Friday vs. Toledo

14Auburn Tigers
last week: 16
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat Alabama A&M 55–0
Next week: Saturday at Alabama

15Florida St. Seminoles
last week: 18
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat Syracuse 45–14
Next week: Saturday vs. Florida

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16Nebraska Cornhuskers
last week: 19
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Maryland 28–7
Next week: Friday at Iowa

17Florida Gators
last week: 20
record: 8–2

Last week: Beat LSU 16–10
Next week: Saturday at Florida State

18West Virginia Mountaineers
last week: 11
record: 8–2

Last week: Lost to Oklahoma 56–28
Next week: Saturday at Iowa State

19Boise St. Broncos
last week: 22
record: 10–1

Last week: Beat UNLV 42–25
Next week: Friday at Air Force

20Houston Cougars
last week: NR
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Louisville 36–10
Next week: Friday at Memphis

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21Utah Utes
last week: 10
record: 8–3

Last week: Lost to Oregon 30–28
Next week: Saturday at Colorado

22Texas A&M Aggies
last week: 25
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat UTSA 23–10
Next week: Thursday vs. LSU

23Washington St. Cougars
last week: 21
record: 8–3

Last week: Lost to Colorado 38–24
Next week: Friday vs. Washington

24Tennessee Volunteers
last week: NR
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat Missouri 63–37
Next week: Saturday at Vanderbilt

25Stanford Cardinal
last week: NR
record: 8–3

Last week: Beat Cal 45–31
Next week: Saturday vs. Rice

Dropped out: LSU, North Carolina, San Diego State
Next five: Navy, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Florida, Temple

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