College football rankings: Monitoring Week 12’s full Playoff stakes

Week 11 was among the most important of the season. Auburn officially re-entered the Playoff race, Notre Dame remaining, Georgia shed its lose-the-SEC-and-make-it-anyway backup program, and Miami silenced a lot of doubters. And that’s precisely what took place in two games.

Week 12 won’t end up being that important, but there are a few big questions. Wisconsin includes a chance to actually impress, a few division races can conclude, and SOMEBODY’s getting upset.

Below, let’s keep an eye on Week 12’s ranked video games from the Playoff committee’s perspective, which means it’s not merely about who you beat, but how it relates to the full picture. Get projections are via S&P+. Final scores are in bold.


Games between clubs that could finish found in the committee’s final best 25, no matter Week 12 end result, meaning the winner benefits a substantial quality W.

No. 24 Michigan (8-2) at No. 5 Wisconsin (10-0): Yep, we may have only one game all week that matters! Bet you wish you paid more attention to last week’s very occupied Saturday, huh! UW’s a Playoff win-and-in, but adding a good get and shoring up the strength of schedule amounts on a week when everybody else is certainly cruising would feel wonderful. Or the maybe-enhancing Michigan could put the B1G’s hopes in legitimate danger.

Should have some impact

Games between teams likely to finish .500-plus, no matter Week 12 result, meaning the winner benefits a solid W.

No. 4 Oklahoma (9-1) at Kansas (1-9): Sooners will clinch a spot in the zombie Big 12 Championship.

Virginia (6-4) at No. 3 Miami (9-0): Canes’ Playoff chances: win-and-in. Could probably afford a damage to UVA or Pitt, too.

Kentucky (7-3) at No. 7 Georgia (9-1): Georgia perhaps can’t afford another damage, but remains win-and-in.

Navy (6-3) at Zero. 8 Notre Dame (8-2): The Irish are playing for a fresh Year’s Six bowl nowadays. Wins against Navy and at Stanford must do it.

Illinois (2-8) at No. 9 Ohio Talk about (8-2): An Ohio Talk about get clinches the Big Ten East this week, if Michigan loses to Wisconsin, and will keep bizarre two-loss Playoff hopes alive.

UCLA (5-5) at No. 11 USC (9-2): I believe the Bruins get to a bowl, indicating an OK win’s available for USC. The Trojans have somehow gone just a little underhyped on the year. I said “just a little.”

No. 12 TCU (8-2) at Texas Tech (5-5): Two wins away from a Big 12 Championship revenge shot at Oklahoma.

Kansas State (5-5) at No. 13 Oklahoma State (8-2): OSU’s likely only participating in for an NY6 shot. With Kansas up subsequent, here is the last possibility to impress.

Utah (5-5) at No. 18 Washington (8-2): UW’s still alive in the Pac-12 North, however now relying on Cal to defeat Stanford for the first time since 2009.

No. 19 NC Talk about (7-3) at Wake Forest (6-4): Very little actual impact for those who (Clemson and Notre Dame defeat both these teams anyhow), but I hope this game improves your personal strength of schedule.

Cal (5-5) at No. 22 Stanford (7-3): Stanford requires a win here and a Washington make an impression on Washington State next week to take the Pac-12 North.

The non-power New Year’s Six race

The top mid-important champ earns an programmed NY6 bowl bid. A Playoff trip from this group ain’t happening.

No. 15 UCF (9-0) at Temple (5-5): The Owls have switched it around after looking like one of the worst clubs in the country and could finish up being a quality road W, for whatever that’s worthy of. Defeating USF and earning the AAC is certainly all that matters.

SMU (6-4) at No. 21 Memphis (8-1): The NY6 may be the AAC’s to reduce, so lemme offer you a disaster scenario, simply for fun: Memphis loses to SMU and East Carolina, then wins the meeting (which also requires Houston to reduce to Tulane or Navy). At that time, a conference-winning Boise Talk about, San Diego State, or Troy (!) perhaps looks better.

Air Force (4-6) at No. 25 Boise Talk about (8-2): Broncos clinch the division with a W or a Wyoming damage to Fresno Talk about, and I was pleasantly surprised to see them show up in this week’s rankings. Despite getting rid of to two good clubs and needing a 25-point comeback to defeat Colorado Talk about, their resume is sturdy.

Tulsa (2-8) at USF (8-1): A USF win right here doesn’t help, though you need to avoid losing to Tulsa. UCF next week.

Nevada (2-8) at San Diego State (8-2): SDSU necessities Fresno State to reduce out, but a Mountain West subject with this list of wins would merit a start looking, if the AAC were to stumble.

Probably unimportant

Better not lose!

FCS Mercer at No. 1 Alabama (10-0)

FCS The Citadel at No. 2 Clemson (9-1)

ULM (4-5) at No. 6 Auburn (8-2)

Nebraska (4-6) at No. 10 Penn Talk about (8-2)

No. 16 Mississippi Talk about (7-3) at Arkansas (4-6)

No. 20 LSU (7-3) at Tennessee (4-6)

Maryland (4-6) at No. 17 Michigan Talk about (7-3)

Minnesota (5-5) at No. 23 Northwestern (7-3)

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