Michigan loss opens spot in top four of Power Rankings after Week 13

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No. 2 Ohio State defeats No. 3 Michigan in double overtime
Monday November 28th, 2016

Rivalry Week brought the heat, and now we wait for conference championships to settle the 2016 College Football Playoff rankings. I, for one, am very glad I’m not on the selection committee.

Alabama and Ohio State surely have two spots locked up, but how will the rest of the playoff shake out? It very well could end up with Clemson and Washington securing the final two berths in an underwhelming but still enticing manner... or, one or both could lose, and we could have true chaos.

Week 13 was plenty chaotic in its own right with 11 teams from last week’s rankings losing and six dropping out of the top 25 altogether. That six-team dropout was also reflected in the AP Top 25 for the fourth time since 1989, matching the all-time high.

So buckle up—something tells me the conference championships (plus Bedlam) won’t bore us.

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1Alabama Crimson Tide
last week: 1
record: 12–0

Last week: Beat Auburn 30-12
Next week: Saturday vs. Florida in SEC Championship Game

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2Ohio State Buckeyes
last week: 2
record: 11–1

Last week: Beat Michigan 30-27 in double overtime
Next week: Off

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3Clemson Tigers
last week: 3
record: 11–1

Last week: Beat South Carolina 56-7
Next week: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech in ACC championship game

last week: 7
record: 11–1

Last week: Beat Washington State 45-17
Next week: Friday vs. Colorado in Pac-12 championship game

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5Michigan Wolverines
last week: 4
record: 10–2

Last week: Lost to Ohio State 30-27 in double overtime
Next week: Off​

6Wisconsin Badgers
last week: 5
record: 10–2

Last week: Beat Minnesota 31-17
Next week: Saturday vs. Penn State in Big Ten championship game

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7Oklahoma Sooners
last week: 6
record: 9-2

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State

8Penn State Nittany Lions
last week: 8
record: 10–2

Last week: Beat Michigan State 45-12
Next week: Saturday vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten championship game

9Colorado Buffaloes
last week: 9
record: 10-2

Last week: Beat Utah 27-22
Next week: Friday vs. Washington in Pac-12 championship game

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10USC Trojans
last week: 10
record: 9–3

Last week: Beat Notre Dame 45-27
Next week: Off

11Oklahoma State Cowboys
last week: 12
record: 9–2

Last week: Off
Next week: Saturday at Oklahoma

12Florida State Seminoles
last week: 15
record: 9–3

Last week: Beat Florida 31-13
Next week: Off

13Western Michigan Broncos
last week: 13
record: 12–0

Last week: Beat Toledo 55-35
Next week: Friday vs. Ohio in MAC championship game

last week: 18
record: 9–2

Last week: Beat Iowa State 49-19
Next week: Saturday vs. Baylor

15Stanford Cardinal
last week: 25
record: 9–3

Last week: Beat Rice 41-17
Next week: Off

last week: 11
record: 9–3

Last week: Lost to Kentucky 41-38
Next week: Off

17Auburn Tigers
last week: 14
record: 8–4

Last week: Lost to Alabama 30-12
Next week: Off

18Florida Gators
last week: 17
record: 8–3

Last week: Lost to Florida State 31-13
Next week: Saturday vs. Alabama in SEC Championship Game

last week: NOT RANKED
record: 9-2

Last week: Beat SMU 75-31
Next week: Saturday vs. Temple in AAC championship game

20Virginia Tech Hokies
last week: Not ranked
record: 9–3

Last week: Beat Virginia 52-10
Next week: Saturday vs. Clemson in ACC championship game

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AP Top 25: Michigan dips to No. 5 after loss to Ohio State
last week: NOT RANKED
record: 7–4

Last week: Beat Texas A&M 54-39
Next week: Off

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22South florida bulls
last week: NOT RANKED
record: 10-2

Last week: Beat UCF 48-31
Next week: Off

last week: noT RANKED
record: 8–4

Last week: Beat Nebraska 40-10
Next week: Off

24Nebraska cornhuskers
last week: 16
record: 9–3

Last week: Lost to Iowa 40-10
Next week: Off

25Pittsburgh Panthers
last week: Not ranked
record: 8–4

Last week: Beat Syracuse 76-61
Next week: Off

Dropped out: Boise State, Houston, Utah, Texas A&M, Washington State, Tennessee
Next five: Boise State, Houston, Utah, Washington State, Temple

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