The least interesting college football weekend of the season wasn’t that bad. We got a top-10 upset (Kansas State over No. 10 Oklahoma State) and a couple other surprise results, which means there will be at least a small amount of movement in the college football rankings this Sunday.
Here is our best guess at how the AP Top 25 will shake out after Week 12:
College football rankings 2017: Projecting the AP Top 25 after Week 12
Dropped out: West Virginia (previously No. 24) and N.C. State (No. 25)
25. Boise State [projected win vs. Air Force]
23. Virginia Tech
21. Michigan State
20. Stanford [projected win vs. California]
Mother Nature wreaked havoc in Knoxville, Tenn., setting up a run-heavy battle between LSU and Tennessee. That worked out well for the Tigers, who cracked the 200-yard mark on the ground while dominating the Vols at the line of the scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Ed Orgeron’s team completes its regular season next week vs. Texas A&M.
17. Mississippi State
16. Oklahoma State
15. Washington [projected win vs. Utah]
14. Washington State
If you haven’t been paying attention to the AAC this season, now is the time to check in. Central Florida is the best of a three-team group — the other two being Memphis and USF — vying for the league championship and a coveted spot in a major bowl. We’re likely to get a UCF-Memphis matchup in the AAC title game in two weeks, which will be about as must-see as a Group of 5 game can get.
12. Penn State
11. USC [projected win vs. UCLA]
9. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
Auburn fans were a little nervous about a disappointing first-half showing against Louisiana-Monroe, but the Tigers regrouped at halftime to smash the Warhawks. Now, it’s Iron Bowl time. Gus Malzahn’s squad welcomes Nick Saban and the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide next Saturday in a battle to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.
It’s Auburn week, and this is probably the toughest Tigers team Bama has faced in four years. But the Crimson Tide have decimated the majority of their schedule, and is a 3-point road favorite.
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