Nov. 21, 2016
Week 12 2016 NCAA College Football Power Rankings
The college football regular season is almost over and everybody is targeting Alabama, but can Oklahoma and Wisconsin make it to the top four?
10. Auburn: Now that Auburn has defeated Alabama A&M, it's now time for the Iron Bowl. A road game against Alabama. While Auburn is a long shot in winning against the Crimson Tide, a good performance might help a team like Florida when it comes to representing the SEC in the Sugar Bowl.Gus Malzahn has done a great job in staying out of the hot seat.
9. Penn State: One of the most promising teams in college football and one of the biggest dark horses in the room. If Ohio State and Penn State win this weekend, Penn state goes to the Big Ten Championship. It makes thing interesting because they could play Wisconsin, and whoever wins that game enters the CFP race.
8. Colorado: The more we get into this college football season, the more we realize that Colorado is a darn good team. For example, look what the Buffaloes did to Washington State this past weekend. One of the most impressive performances I've seen. Now, if the Buffaloes win against Utah, the Buffaloes could play either Washington or Washington State in the Pac-12 championship.
7. Oklahoma: With Lousiville losing, Oklahoma is a step closer to the CFP after defeating West Virginia in Morgantown. Since October, Oklahoma has been one of the most impressive teams. With two teams ahead of them, Oklahoma has to beat their inner state rivals in Oklahoma State in the Bedlam.
6. Wisconsin: A team that could steal Oklahoma's CFP run is the Badgers of Wisconsin, who are putting together a playoff run. With defeats from Ohio State and Michigan, the Badgers have done their job. With games you're supposed to win, the chips have to fall in your favor. It's a simple theme where the Badgers have to win out, and then let the debate start on the Badgers run. But, they have to defeat Minnesota in a contest that could spoil the Badgers playoff run and cost them a Big Ten Champion crown.
5. Washington: After the loss to USC, the Huskies defeated Arizona State, in which the Devils wanted to pull an upset. All roads lead to the big showdown against Washington State in Pullman Washington. The rivalry is going to be important for the first time for both of these sides. What's on the line? The Pac-12 North title. Not to mention, a CFP spot for Washington. A win over here holds off Oklahoma and Wisconsin for another week.
4. Clemson: Like Washington, Clemson had that pick me up win against Wake Forest. This weekend, the Tigers face their rivals in South Carolina. They should defeat the Gamecocks, and that means they are one game away from being in the CFP, and they have to defeat Virginia Tech or North Carolina in the ACC Championship. It's not an easy game.
3. Michigan: In a Winter Wonderland, the Wolverines outplayed the Indiana Hoosiers and set themselves up for that big rivalry game against Ohio State.
2. Ohio State: After surviving a trap game last weekend, the Buckeyes and Michigan square off. Both teams are struggling on offense with Wilton Speight out for an undetermined amount of time. Even though John O' Korn has been decent, can O' Korn lead the Wolverines to victory? Or will Urban Meyer's coaching strategy outplay Jim Harbaugh? We'll find out Saturday night.
1. Alabama: Okay, it seems that Alabama's 31-3 victory came at the right time, though Nick Saban offered a different opinion. Saban was frustrated that the team was trailing 3-0 and leading 14-3 at halftime. Roll Tide Roll, finished with 332 yards, and if they beat Auburn on Saturday, their spot in the CFP is clinched.