With three of the nation’s top four teams falling in Week 11, there was plenty of shakeup in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Poll on Sunday. The newest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings followed suit on Tuesday.
Five SEC teams were ranked in last week’s unveiling, and that number was increased by one in Week 12 with Tennessee joining the party.
After a wild Week 11, Alabama is now the nation’s sole undefeated Power Five team following its 51-3 win against Mississippi State over the weekend. The Crimson Tide secured the SEC West title following Auburn’s loss to Georgia, and will be making the trip Atlanta on Dec. 3 for the third straight season.
The coveted top four spots were rounded out by Ohio State (No. 2), Michigan (No. 3) and Clemson (No. 4). Should the College Football Playoff occur on Tuesday, those four teams would make up the NCAA’s third College Football Playoff, and Alabama would take on Clemson.
Auburn looks to be the only team that can knock of Alabama in the regular season with the Crimson Tide taking on Chattanooga this weekend. That contest had much more intrigue prior to the Tigers’ loss to Georgia, and would have likely been a top-10 matchup.
Following the loss in Athens, Auburn dropped to No. 15 in this week’s rankings with Alabama A&M on the schedule in Week 12.
While Auburn fell this week, the Tigers from Baton Rouge were on the rise coming off a 38-10 win over Arkansas. LSU came in at No. 16, and still holds regular contests against Florida and Texas A&M — both of which will likely play a key role in the Tigers’ looming head coaching decision.
Ed Orgeron has led LSU to a 4-1 record since taking over for Les Miles in September, but Jimbo Fisher’s name was thrown into the mix as a potential candidate on Tuesday.
Like LSU, Florida was also on the rise in the Week 12 rankings. The Gators reappeared in the latest edition after falling out of the rankings last week following their loss to Arkansas. Florida given a No. 23 after its win against South Carolina.
Those two teams will face off in Baton Rouge this week, as Florida plays for the SEC East title and a date with Alabama in the SEC Championship game.
Tennessee also made an appearance this week with a No. 19 ranking following its win against Kentucky.
The final SEC team to appear in the Top 25 this week was Texas A&M. Despite losing back-to-back contests to Mississippi and Ole Miss, the Aggies were ranked as the nation’s No. 25 team.
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|17||Florida State|| |
|20||Boise State|| |
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|22||Washington State|| |
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