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Week 12 College Football Playoff Rankings
By Jacob Brandwein

1. Clemson Tigers

Last Week: Beat Syracuse 37-27

Next Week: vs. Wake Forest

Outlook: Another week down, another week of the Tigers atop the rankings. They continue to thrive under the play of heisman candidate Deshaun Watson. They get an easy week this coming weekend against Wake Forest.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

Last Week: Beat Mississippi State 31-6

Next Week: vs. Charleston Southern

Outlook: The Crimson Tide are on fire and are right on the Tigers' tail (no pun intended) to be the best team in the nation. Behind Derrick Henry bruising through defenses and arguably the best defense in the nation, the crimson tide are flat out nasty right now.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

Last Week: Beat Illinois 28-3

Next Week: vs. No. 9 Michigan State

Outlook: Its go time for Buckeye nation, their first big test of the season will be at home against sparty this coming weekend. The Buckeyes look to make a statement on their home field and show why they deserve to be among the top 4.

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Last Week: Beat Wake Forest 28-7

Next Week: vs. Boston College

Outlook: The Irish maintain their top 4 ranking in light of the chaos unfolding in the big 12. The Irish deserve to be in right now for they are playing quality football and have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation.

5. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Last Week: Beat Iowa State 35-31

Next Week: vs. Baylor

Outlook: The Cowboys get Baylor this coming weekend as this is a big statement game that they must have. After a struggle last week against Iowa State, the Cowboys look to play better.

6. Oklahoma Sooners

Last Week: Beat Baylor 44-34

Next Week: vs. TCU

Outlook: Here comes Boomer Sooner roaring into the top 6 and in the thick of the playoff race after a statement win on the road against Baylor. Baker Mayfield has been very impressive and looks to continue his strong play.

7. Michigan State Spartans

Last Week: Beat Maryland 24-7

Next Week: @ Ohio State

Outlook: The Spartans have a massive game this coming weekend against Ohio State as a win here would catapault them back into the heart of the playoff race.

8. Iowa Hawkeyes

Last Week: Beat Minnesota 40-35

Next Week: vs. Purdue

Outlook: The Hawkeyes still have proving to do to go into my top 5 let alone top 4. Nonetheless, they are undefeated and are playing quality football.

9. Florida Gators

Last Week: Beat South Carolina 24-14

Next Week: vs. Florida Atlantic

Outlook: The Gators keep winning and deserve to be in the top 10. They get a tune up weekend at home this coming Saturday.

10. Stanford Cardinal

Last Week: Lost to Oregon 38-36

Next Week: vs. Cal

Outlook: The Cardinal lost to a resurging Oregon team and don't fall too much in rankings. They have a big game this coming weekend against Cal looking to bounce back.

11. Baylor Bears

Last Week: Lost to Oklahoma 44-34

Next Week: vs. Oklahoma State

Outlook: Baylor has a chance to bounce back from a tough loss at home to Oklahoma as they play Oklahoma State this coming weekend. Perhaps a win here could put them back into the heat of the playoff race.

12. Utah Utes

Last Week: Lost to Arizona 37-30

Next Week: vs. UCLA

Outlook: The Utes took a tough loss this last weekend against the Wildcats on the road. They look to bounce back against UCLA this coming weekend.

13. Florida State Seminoles

Last Week: Beat NC State 34-17

Next Week: vs. Chattanoga

Outlook: The Noles get a glorified scrimmage this coming weekend against an underwhleming opponent.

14. Michigan Wolverines

Last Week: Beat Indiana 48-41

Next Week: vs. Penn State

Outlook: The Wolverines won a thriller against the Hooisers this last weekend and travel to Penn State in a road test this coming weekend.

15. LSU Tigers

Last Week: Lost to Arkansas 31-14

Next Week: @ Ole Miss

Outlook: The Tigers are reeling and have dropped sharply in the rankings. They need to wake up this coming weekend as they travel to take on Ole Miss.

16. Houston Cougars

Last Week: Beat Memphis 35-34

Next Week: @ Connecticut

Outlook: The Cougars won an epic game against Memphis showing resilence in the face of adversity coming back to win. They are really having a nice season and continue to win ball games.

17. TCU Horned Frogs

Last Week: Beat Kansas 23-17

Next Week: vs. Oklahoma

Outlook: In simple terms, TCU is in trouble as Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin are injured.

18. Navy Midshipmen

Last Week: Beat SMU 55-14

Next Week: @ Tulsa

Outlook: Navy continues to play impressive football and they travel to Tulsa this coming week.

19. North Carolina Tar Heels

Last Week: Beat Miami (FL) 59-21

Next Week: vs. Virginia Tech

Outlook: The Tar Heels blew out Miami and lookk to build on that against conference foe Va Tech.

20. Memphis Tigers

Last Week: Lost to Houston 35-34

Next Week: @ Temple

Outlook: The Tigers lost a heartbreaker against Houston last weekend. They are still a quality football team and worthy of being in the top 25.

21. Ole Miss Rebels

Last Week: bye

Next Week: vs. LSU

Outlook: The Rebels play host to conference rival LSU this coming weekend as this figures to be a great game. I will preview this game in depth as well.

22. USC Trojans

Last Week: Beat Colorado 27-24

Next Week: vs. Oregon

Outlook: The Trojans will take on Oregon this coming weekend in what should be a very intriguing Pac 12 showdown between two explosive offenses.

23. Oregon Ducks

Last Week: Beat Stanford 38-36

Next Week: vs. USC

Outlook: The Quack attack is back in business as they made a statement in beating Stanford last weekend. They get another test this coming week against the Southern Cal Trojans.

24. Wisconsin Badgers

Last Week: Bye

Next Week: vs. Northwestern

Outlook: The Badgers play a noteworthy Big 10 game this coming weekend against Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Wildcats.

25. Northwestern Wildcats

Last Week: Beat Purdue 21-14

Next Week: vs. Wisconsin

Outlook: The Wildcats won a close one against Purdue last weekend and look to build on that win against conference foe Wisconsin.


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