Every year, the college football world worries about rankings before the final month of the regular season. Then November actually comes, and it brings chaos with it. That’s what we got on Saturday when Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan, Pitt beat No. 3 Clemson and USC beat No. 4 Washington. The polls will get a shakeup because of it.
UPDATE: We’re compiling a variety of rankings in one place as they’re released on Sunday morning. Click here to see the Coaches Poll, Football Outsiders’ S&P+, ESPN’s FPI and the AP Poll.
Here’s the full AP Poll.
AP Poll entering Week 12
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- West Virginia
- Oklahoma State
- Western Michigan
- Florida State
- Washington State
- Boise State
- Texas A&M
- San Diego State
Here’s how we see things shaking out in the Big Ten, and throughout the country. There’s still two more weeks of this, and most teams at the top still have a good shot to reach the College Football Playoff.
Previous: No. 2
New: No. 3
Michigan couldn’t survive Iowa’s best shot at Kinnick Stadium and fell to the Hawkeyes on a last-second field goal, 14-13. It doesn’t change much for the Wolverines — win at Ohio State on Nov. 26, then win the Big Ten Championship Game and they’re in the College Football Playoff.
That means things won’t change much in the AP Poll, in our mind. Michigan still has just one loss and will stay ahead of Clemson and Louisville.
Previous: No. 6
New: No. 2
The Buckeyes don’t control their own destiny to the Big Ten Championship Game because if it beats Michigan and Penn State wins out, the Nittany Lions will go to Indianapolis.
But Ohio State will still probably move to No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama, and very well could be the second best team in the country. Oh, how things change in just a few short weeks.
Previous: No. 12
New: No. 10
The Top 10 will get a shakeup, but the teams that lost probably won’t drop out. They’ll just get shuffled around a bit, so Penn State remains on the edge.
Previous: No. 7
New: No. 6
The Badgers could very well stay at No. 7 despite the chaos in the top 6. They’ll still have two losses, while everyone ahead — Washington, Louisville, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State — all have one loss. Alabama is still unbeaten.
Wisconsin’s path to the Big Ten title and most likely the College Football Playoff remains simple — win out, then beat either Penn State, Michigan or Ohio State in the conference championship game.
The Badgers play at Purdue this week then host Minnesota to end the season.
Previous: No. 21
New: No. 20
Nebraska gutted out a tough win against Minnesota, but won’t move up a ton. The Huskers don’t control their own destiny to the Big Ten Championship Game after losing to Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Previous: Not ranked
New: No. 25
Iowa will work its way back into the Top 25 — we saw the same thing with Penn State after it beat then-No. 2 Ohio State.
Saying the Hawkeyes have had an up-and-down season is an understatement. They lost to FCS North Dakota State — which gave Michigan a nice jab after the game Saturday — and Northwestern, dropped a tight game against Wisconsin then got blown out by Penn State.
This rebound was impressive considering Iowa looked lifeless in Happy Valley last weekend. Pitt will get in the Top 25 just ahead of Iowa, since it has two Top 10 wins now (Week 2 against Penn State).