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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Week 12

Rick Gagliano | Through games of November 21, 2015

RANK TEAM RECORD
1. Clemson 11-0
2. Alabama 10-1
3. Iowa 11-0
4. Notre Dame 10-1
5. Oklahoma 10-1
6. Florida 10-1
7. Michigan State 10-1
8. North Carolina 10-1
9. Baylor 9-1
10. Ohio State 10-1
11. Michigan 9-2
12. Stanford 9-2
13. Oklahoma State 10-1
14. Navy 9-1
15. Florida State 9-2
16. Oregon 8-3
17. Northwestern 9-2
18. Ole Miss 8-3
19. TCU 9-2
20. San Diego State 8-3
21. Georgia 8-3
22. Washington State 8-3
23. UCLA 8-3
24. Mississippi State 8-3
25. Houston 10-1

--- Week 12 Notes below ---


Week 12 Notes:

The Way It Ought To Be

With losses by three more undefeated teams - Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Houston, there are now only two teams without a loss on their records, Clemson and Iowa.

The Tigers and Hawkeyes have steadily moved up the rankings as others above them have fallen, now ranked #1 (Clemson) and #3 (Iowa), with 10-1 Alabama nestled in between.

Michigan State delivered the shocker of the week, ending the longest winning streak in the country - that belonging to Ohio State - at 23 games, dating back to September 6 of 2014, when Ohio State was taken to task by Virginia Tech, 35-21.

The Spartans' 17-14 victory knocked the Buckeyes from #1 in Downtown Magazine's Top 25 Rankings for the first time this season, down to a humble #10. With the win, Michigan State has itself positioned to face Iowa in the Big Ten championship game, on December 5.

Michigan State's only loss this season was a stunning, 39-38 upset at Nebraska on November 7. The Spartans must still defeat Penn State this Saturday, but they surely have momentum on their side, while Iowa, 40-20 winners over Purdue this week, has a Saturday date at Nebraska, but they've already clinched the Big Ten West.

Clemson easily handled Wake Forest, 33-13, running their record to 11-0. The Tigers have a non-conference game at South Carolina this week, and will meet North Carolina in the ACC Championship on December 5.

#9 Baylor upended Oklahoma State, handing the Cowboys their first loss of the season, 45-35. The Bears dominated the affair, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game and holding a lead for most of the contest. 9-1 Baylor had lost to Oklahoma last week, but is still hopeful of winning the Big 12, if the Cowboys can rebound with a win over Oklahoma this Saturday. Baylor still has to deal with TCU this weekend, and Texas on December 5. Without a conference championship game, the Big 12 is still fluid and up for grabs.

Houston was unbeaten entering the week, but was ambushed at UConn, 20-17, as the Huskies pulled off an unthinkable upset. The Cougars drop to 10-1 on the season, and #25 in the rankings, though they could easily have fallen completely out. There are a gaggle of teams with 8-3 marks that are just beyond the #25 mark.

Navy, the other entrant from the American Athletic, is 9-1 and 7-0 in conference play, checking in at #14 this week. The Middies have been playing exceptionally well, their only loss a 41-24 defeat at Notre Dame. Navy plays at Houston Friday night and has an open date - should they qualify for the AA championship game - prior to their annual confab with Army on December 12.

All of this leads up to a decisive holiday weekend chock-full of rivalry games, including Ohio State-Michigan, Alabama-Auburn, Ole Miss-Mississippi State, USC-UCLA and many others.

Following that, a weekend of conference championships leading up to bowl season and the four-team playoff for the national championship.

As it stands, with Clemson and Iowa as the only undefeated teams, those two could, conceivably, meet in January for the NCAA title, though, in a season complete with upsets and the unexpected, that outcome seems unlikely.

Copyright 2015, 2016, Rick Gagliano, Downtown Magazine. All rights reserved. Downtown Magazine is located in the Uinted States of America and is not affiliated with the National Football League or the NCAA. For more information, contact us here. Use of this site is for entertainment purposes only.

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