College Football Playoff rankings after Week 12

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Another week complete, and another week of interesting College Football Playoff rankings. We continue to see fluctuation within the rankings as teams win and lose big games, but that doesn’t stop the reactions. For the first time this season, the Top 4 didn’t change. We’re likely to see that in the final few weeks, including conference championship results. For now, here’s what we’re looking at for the rankings.

College Football Playoff rankings

Here’s a breakdown of how many teams from each conference made the Top 25.

Quick Notes

  • Penn State jumped Minnesota after the Gophers lost to Iowa. The Nittany Lions beat the Hawkeyes on the road, and have a win over a ranked Michigan team, which was enough to put them ahead of Minnesota despite their earlier loss to the Gophers.
  • Memphis jumped Cincinnati as the top Group of 5 team. The Tigers and Bearcats will meet at the end of the season, and potentially again for the AAC Championship Game.
  • USC and Iowa State enter the rankings with four losses, and are ahead of two one loss teams in Appalachian State and SMU. Apparently losing more in a Power conference is better than winning in a G5.
  • Baylor fell just one spot after its 25 point choke against Oklahoma this weekend.
  • Alabama wasn’t hurt by the loss of Tua Tagovailoa, but we’ll see how good they are without him.
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