The 12th week of the college football season is in the books. Each week the performance of the teams on the field can be looked at to see who is in the best position to make the College Football Playoff. Note that this bracketology will only take into consideration what happened on the field, so teams who played tough games will be ranked high. Conversely, hyped-up teams who haven’t played tough games yet, will likely be unranked or ranked lowly on the list until there is a solid sample size. Here is the College Football Playoff bracketology November 17.
1. LSU Tigers (10-0)
Ole Miss kept it relatively close for the second half, but LSU was able to keep control to win the game. The Tigers still have the best case to be number one with wins over Auburn, Florida, Texas and Alabama.
This week: vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-8)
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)
The Buckeyes had no problems with Rutgers, as was expected. They should stay at the second spot in the rankings with two big games to close out the season.
This week: vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-1)
3. Clemson Tigers (11-0)
In their biggest test, at least on paper, of their ACC schedule was passed by Clemson, as they beat Wake Forest 52-3. They have the best chances to make the CFP, because it is so unlikely they lose a game for the rest of the regular season and the ACC Championship.
This week: BYE
4. Georgia Bulldogs (9-1)
Georgia was ranked fourth last week and should stay right there following their win over Auburn, who was ranked 12th by the committee before the game. They have good wins over Notre Dame and Florida as well, bolstering their CFP case.
This week: vs. Texas A&M Aggies (7-3)
First Four Out
5. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1)
The Crimson Tide defeated Mississippi State easily, but the big news of the game was Tua Tagovailoa’s injury. It is serious and will have an effect on these rankings. Watching where Alabama is ranked will be interesting on Tuesday night when the rankings come out.
This week: vs. Western Carolina Catamounts (FCS 3-8)
6. Oklahoma Sooners (9-1)
While the loss to Kansas State still stings, Oklahoma had a big comeback over Baylor to stay in the CFP race. The win over Texas is fluctuating in its quality on a weekly basis, so this win was huge for Oklahoma’s chances.
This week: vs. TCU Horned Frogs (5-5)
7. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-1)
Penn State rebounded from their loss to Minnesota with a win over a seven-win Indiana team. They can still make the CFP if they win out, but they have to beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten.
This week: at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)
8. Oregon Ducks (9-1)
The Ducks defeated the Arizona Wildcats this week, but that won’t impress the committee. Oregon still has a good path to the CFP, but their big game will be the Pac-12 Championship against Utah, if both teams win out till that point.
This week: at Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5)
Next Four Out
9. Utah Utes (9-1)
Utah won big over UCLA, 49-3. Like Oregon, they still have a path to the playoff, but drop in these rankings this week as a result of other teams winning big games. They still have a path to the CFP, but they have to win out to give themselves a chance.
This week: at Arizona Wildcats (4-6)
10. Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-1)
The Golden Gophers lost to Iowa, but they shouldn’t drop too far in these rankings. They still have their big win over Penn State carry their case. Minnesota is likely out of CFP contention, but anything can happen in the last few weeks.
This week: at Northwestern Wildcats (2-8)
11. Florida Gators (9-2)
Florida defeated Missouri 23-6 this weekend. They are out of the CFP race, but should expect to go to a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
This week: BYE
12. Wisconsin Badgers (8-2)
Jonathan Taylor’s running ability helped Wisconsin to notch another win on the season, this time over Nebraska. With eight wins, Wisconsin can still win the Big Ten and make a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
This week: at Purdue Boilermakers (4-6)
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