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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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1
Alabama Crimson Tide
1
11–0
Last week: Beat Chattanooga 31–3Next week: Saturday vs. Auburn
2
Ohio St. Buckeyes
2
10–1
Last week: Beat Michigan State 17–16Next week: Saturday vs. Michigan
3
Clemson Tigers
4
10–1
Last week: Beat Wake Forest 35–13Next week: Saturday vs. South Carolina
4
Michigan Wolverines
5
10–1
Last week: Beat Indiana 20–10Next week: Saturday at Ohio State
5
Wisconsin Badgers
6
9–2
Last week: Beat Purdue 49–20Next week: Saturday vs. Minnesota
6
Oklahoma Sooners
7
9–2
Last week: Beat West Virginia 56–28Next week: Off
7
Washington Huskies
8
10–1
Last week: Beat Arizona State 44–18Next week: Saturday at Washington State
8
Penn St. Nittany Lions
9
9–2
Last week: Beat Rutgers 39–0Next week: Saturday vs. Michigan State
9
Colorado Buffaloes
13
9–2
Last week: Beat Washington State 38–24Next week: Saturday vs. Utah​
10
USC Trojans
12
8–3
Last week: Beat UCLA 34–14Next week: Saturday vs. Notre Dame
11
Louisville Cardinals
3
9–2
Last week: Lost to Houston 36–20Next week: Saturday vs. Kentucky
12
Oklahoma St. Cowboys
14
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 31–6Next week: Off
13
Western Michigan Broncos
15
11–0
Last week: Beat Buffalo 38–0Next week: Friday vs. Toledo
14
Auburn Tigers
16
8–3
Last week: Beat Alabama A&M 55–0Next week: Saturday at Alabama
15
Florida St. Seminoles
18
8–3
Last week: Beat Syracuse 45–14Next week: Saturday vs. Florida
16
Nebraska Cornhuskers
19
9–2
Last week: Beat Maryland 28–7Next week: Friday at Iowa
17
Florida Gators
20
8–2
Last week: Beat LSU 16–10Next week: Saturday at Florida State
18
West Virginia Mountaineers
11
8–2
Last week: Lost to Oklahoma 56–28Next week: Saturday at Iowa State
19
Boise St. Broncos
22
10–1
Last week: Beat UNLV 42–25Next week: Friday at Air Force
20
Houston Cougars
9–2
Last week: Beat Louisville 36–10Next week: Friday at Memphis​
21
Utah Utes
10
8–3
Last week: Lost to Oregon 30–28Next week: Saturday at Colorado
22
Texas A&M Aggies
25
8–3
Last week: Beat UTSA 23–10Next week: Thursday vs. LSU
23
Washington St. Cougars
21
8–3
Last week: Lost to Colorado 38–24Next week: Friday vs. Washington
24
Tennessee Volunteers
8–3
Last week: Beat Missouri 63–37Next week: Saturday at Vanderbilt
25
Stanford Cardinal
8–3
Last week: Beat Cal 45–31Next 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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